The project Mare Balticum aims to present the medieval musical heritage of the Baltic Sea region in the 12th-15th centuries, with this first volume focussing on Denmark. The pieces are performed by vocal group Ensemble Peregrina, directed by Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett, together with harpist Benjamin Bagby.
The series provides an insight into the local literature and musical repertories of medieval Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Poland; both Latin and the vernacular are represented, as well as the diversity of historical musical instruments used in those regions at the time. The project aims to show something of the strong political and cultural connections between these medieval countries, their development over time, and the similarities between them, all of which are essential to our understanding of the common identity and history of Balticum, as is reflected to us through its centuries of music. Ensemble Peregrina is one of the leading ensembles dedicated to the performance of early medieval vocal music. The core of the ensemble comprises Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett, Kelly Landerkin, Lorenza Donadini, Hanna Jarvelainen and Baptiste Romain, often joined by other excellent musicians such as Benjamin Bagby.
”Superior scholarship and performance” -Fanfare, USA
“I’ve nothing but praise for the performers and the musicology that lies behind them.” - Early Music Review, UK