Drew Minter: A Wind Blows from the East
Regarded for nearly three decades as one of the world’s finest countertenors, Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. On this recording, in a tour de force of vocal and instrumental virtuosity, Minter accompanies himself on medieval harps, singing as both countertenor and baritone. The great tradition of the meistersinger and minnesinger is captured by Minter with an elegance and wit that brings this ancient music to vivid life.
“Drew Minter has made it his mission to make the German medieval ballad as attractive as possible to the modern listener, and he has achieved this by singing these ballads with impressive inflections and vocal acting. This is, without question, the liveliest reading of medieval ballads of any type I’ve ever heard.” - Fanfare
“Drew Minter on this seductively imaginative CD excels in every facet of the singer and harpists’ art. The clear sound has just the right touch of ambience. Minter’s excellent booklet-notes are just the right length and complexity and the poems receive excellent readable translations.” - Gramophone
Lied: Blozen wir den anger ligen sahen
Excerpts from the Titurel fragments
Tagelied: Es seusst dorther von Orient
Gesangweise to the tune of 'Our Lady'