The Basevi Codex

Soprano Dorothee Mields and the Boreas Quartett Bremen bring a little-known musical manuscript of the renaissance to life: The Basevi Codex. A collection of Franco-Flemish chansons, motets and mass settings, was produced during the early sixteenth century in the famous music scribing workshop of Pierre Alamire. Faithfully following renaissance performance practice, which allowed great freedom in its musical realisations, Dorothee Mields and the recorder consort interpret selected pieces from the codex, with voice or purely instrumental, and, depending on the character of the piece, also with improvised virtuoso ornamentation. This creates a colourful picture of the music as it was sung and played at the Burgundian-Dutch court of Princess Margaret of Austria in Mechelen.