Old Serbian Music
by the Ensemble Renaissance
Farewell Dinner, Hotel Park, Novi Sad, May 11th 2013, 21:00 h
- Jugglers’ Play and Maiden Dance
- The Dense Fog Came Down (Kosovo) / Mary, My White Dove (Metochia)
Negotin (eastern Serbia)
- Ostroljanka / Polomka / Little Gipsy Girl
Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac: Records from Priština, 1896, XII Garland
- Where Were You Today, Cveta / Oh, You Were Walking, Jana / Have I not Fair Hair, Mother, Say / The Maid’s Sitting by the Window
Negotin (eastern Serbia)
- Wedding Dance and Mocking Song
Isidor Bajić (Novi Sad, 1878-1915)
- Serbian Girl
The Ensemble Renaissance
Founded in 1969 in Belgrade (Serbia), the Renaissance (Renesans in Serbian) is not only the oldest professional early music ensemble in former Yugoslavia and south-eastern Europe, but the one with the longest continuous concert activity in the whole of Europe.
During more than four decades the ensemble has given more than three thousand concerts in Europe, Northern Africa and in the Middle East (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Austria, Russia, Rumania, Sweden, Algeria, Syria, etc) and participated at numerous festivals in ex-Yugoslavia and abroad (BEMUS in Belgrade, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Panonian Festival of Early Music in Hungary, Early Music Festival in Stuttgart and Bach Reunion in Leipzig, Germany, 750 Anniversary of the City of Berlin, Mediterranean Festival in Bari, Italy, international festivals of early music in Miercurea Ciuc and Brebu Nou in Romania, Sibiu International Theatre Festival, etc).
Devoted to historical interpretation the Renaissance has developed a rich repertory which includes wide range of pieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque masters, as well as traditional music of Balkan peoples.
On the initiative of its members studies of Medieval and Renaissance music have been introduced into Serbian music educational system, and they are engaged as professors and teachers at Belgrade universities and high schools.
In 2004 the ensemble founded the Centre for Early Music which has assembled musicians willing to take part in researching and presenting early and traditional music.
The Renaissance has provided music for a number of theatre performances and films.
The ensemble and its members have been given numerous awards in former Yugoslavia, Serbia and abroad (including the highest Serbian award - Vuk Prize for artistic and cultural accomplishments and Gold Plaquette in the Name of Universal Art at the Mediterranean Festival in Bari 2000, Golden Arena for film music at Yugoslav Film festival in Pula 1977).
(LPs) Music of Old Serbia, Music of the Old Adriatic, The Greatest Hits, Mon Amy, and Hommage a l’Amour (Produkcija gramofonskih ploca RTB, 1983–88)
(CDs): Marco Polo – The Journey (Artelier Music, Cologne, 1992), Renaissance en Barcelona and Los primeros siete annos (Edi Vox, Barcelona, 1993), Gems of Medieval Music (Musica Viva, Athens, 1993), Journey to Jerusalem (Al segno, Cologne, 1995), Anthology (doble CD, Al segno, 1997), Journey Through Dalmatia (Al segno, 1999), Roots of the Balkans (Classic Produktion Osnabrück, 2002).
Currently available programmes
Carmina Burana, Journey of Marco Polo, Journey Through Dalmatia, Music of Renaissance Theatre, Music of Elisabethan Court and Theatre, Baroque Revived, Ecco la primavera (Medieval and Renaissance songs devoted to spring), Traditional Music of the Balkans
The Ensemble Renaissance in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, in July 2012 (photo by Adam Gyula)