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Guillaume de Machaut: Songs from Le Voir Dit / Orlando Consort

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Plourez dames, ballade for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, se vous n'avez aperceu, rondeau for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Nes que on porroit, ballade for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Sanc cuer, dolens
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Longuement me sui tenus (Lay de Bonne Esperance), lai for voice
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dix et sept, cinc, rondeau for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Puis qu'en oubli, rondeau for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir, ballade for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se pour ce muir, ballade for 3 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

The Orlando Consort make their Hyperion début with the first in a series of albums devoted the complete chansons of the fourteenth century's most famous poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut. This bold project benefits directly from a Leverhulme Trust project that will produce the first modern edition of Machaut's complete poetry and music. Today, Machaut is considered the supreme representative of the Ars nova musical tradition that revolutionized composition and notation in that period. Livre dou Voir Dit (Book of the True Tale) is Machaut's masterpiece. It relates a supposedly recent episode in the aging poet-composer's life - his love affair with a lady some forty years his junior.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, Englan (07/02/2012-07/05/2012).



Reviews

Intimate Music, Intimate Performances
Machautís poem "Le Voir Dit," written when he was in his sixties, recounts a love affair between himself and a young girl. Machaut included several pieces of music to help illustrate the text Ė a true multimedia medieval work of art.

This is spare, yet intimate music. Machaut was acknowledged to be one of the greatest poets and composers of his age Ė and that dual mastery is apparent. The 20-minute "Le Lay De Bon Esperance," for example, is set for solo voice. Yet the text and music so perfectly match that the emotion of the poem is communicated even when the listener (such as myself) understands not a word.

The polyphonic songs, such as Se Pour Ce Muir, are textbook examples of ars nova. Machaut uses isorhythms to develop each line independently. And yet all the voices work together, making the sound an organic whole that is as stark and beautiful as the Gothic architecture that inspired it.

The Orlando Consort is recorded with microphones closely placed. Itís a very clean record with virtually no ambiance. And in this case, thatís a good thing. Unlike Machautís religious works, meant to be sung in the resonant spaces of cathedrals, these songs are private messages to the reader of "Le Voir Dit." Which is how the Orlando Consort performs them.
Submitted on 08/04/14 by RGraves321 
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>Machaut, Guillaume de : Plourez dames, ballade for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, se vous n'avez aperceü, rondeau for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Nes que on porroit, ballade for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Sanc cuer, dolens
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Longuement me sui tenus (Lay de Bonne Esperance), lai for voice
  • Performer: Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dix et sept, cinc, rondeau for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Puis qu'en oubli, rondeau for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir, ballade for 4 voices
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se pour ce muir, ballade for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Notes: Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, England (07/02/2012-07/05/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century