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Medieval songs for Mary from Italy, Portugal and Germany with vielle, bells, virginal and vocals (Cantigas de Santa Maria, Liederbuch of Anna from Cologne, Laude)
Texts about Virgin Mary in the liturgical year
In order to become a vessel for the birth of the Son of God, the Virgin Mary had to be immaculate herself – free of all original sin. This profound belief gave rise to Mary’s infancy narratives. Her pregnancy still influences the liturgical year today: from the Annunciation on March 25 until the birth of Jesus Christ nine months later. In the gospels, the story of young Mary, who conceived the Saviour by the Holy Spirit, is closely linked to her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy. When the two women meet, Mary strikes up her “Magnificat”. The Medieval songs of Mary emanate like pictures of the Madonna when sung by Ars Choralis Coeln. Mavie Hörbiger reads the sacred texts about Anna, Mary and Elizabeth.
The women’s ensemble Ars Choralis Coeln, led by Maria Jonas, was founded in Cologne in 2004 and has since become an established part of the early music scene. They are guests at international festivals and also regularly take to the stage at the styriarte and at PSALM.
She is the youngest member of a famous family of actors: Mavie Hörbiger. Her film career started in 1996 and she has since appeared in countless roles in cinema and on TV. Following numerous engagements at German, Austrian and Swiss theatres, she has been a member of the Burgtheater’s ensemble since 2011.