Chansons

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Comment puet on mieus
>Machaut, Guillaume de : De Fortune me doy pleindre, ballade for 3 (or 4) voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Mors sui se je ne vous voy
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se quanque amours
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je ne cuit pas qu'onques
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Liement me deport par samblant
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je puis trop bien ma dame comparer
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Certes mon oeuil
>Machaut, Guillaume de : En amer a douce vie
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ay mi, dame de valour
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Une vipere en cuer
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ma fin est mon commencement
>Machaut, Guillaume de : De toutes flours
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Notes & Reviews:

Machaut's text setting is not at all like that in more recent music. The words - which may be of great subtlety and beauty when read - simply provided him with a sequence of syllables which he sometimes bunched together, sometimes spun out in melismas. Often the text seems to be no more than a collection of vocal sounds, set into the musical fabric, another layer of elaboration contributing to the complex and constantly mobile whole. Consequently...the music does not mean what the text means. But the beauty of the words is analogous to the music's beauty, and following the text does, in that sense, contribute to a full perception of Machaut's composition as a unity. - Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 11/13/2007.

The science of classical music was born in the eleventh century but it really took off in the fourteenth as composers and theorists began to write for one another, expanding techniques of harmony and rhythm to new levels of sophistication and complexity. In France the new music was called "ars nova" (new art) and its leading practitioner was Guillaume de Machaut. He is best known for the 'Messe de Notre Dame,' one of the earliest complete polyphonic mass settings and a landmark of medieval music, but his innovative nature may be best heard in his songs, called ballades, virelai and rondeaux, fourteen of which are assembled here.

DREAMS IN THE PLEASURE GARDEN is the first full length CD of unaccompanied Machaut songs. Care has been taken to avoid the most often recorded pieces and show the more "dissonant and unpredictable" side of Machaut's art. The songs are dazzling, haunting, perfect little puzzles that turn and unlock, opening to reveal even deeper beauties. The four members of the Orlando Consort reveal themselves as the heirs apparent to the Hilliard Ensemble, matching their superb intonation with an even greater sense of involvement. This is a wonderful CD, essential for fans of early music.



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>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement
  • Performers: Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Charles Daniels (Voice); Angus Smith (Chant); Donald Greig (Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Comment puet on mieus
  • Performers: Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Charles Daniels (Voice); Angus Smith (Chant); Donald Greig (Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : De Fortune me doy pleindre, ballade for 3 (or 4) voices
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Mors sui se je ne vous voy
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se quanque amours
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je ne cuit pas qu'onques
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Liement me deport par samblant
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je puis trop bien ma dame comparer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Certes mon oeuil
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : En amer a douce vie
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ay mi, dame de valour
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Une vipere en cuer
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ma fin est mon commencement
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350

>Machaut, Guillaume de : De toutes flours
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350