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Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-'77): The Dart of Love / The Orlando Consort

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Il m'est avis qu'il n'est
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se vous n'estés, rondeau for 2 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant en moy/Amour et biaute/Amara Valde, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : S'Amours ne fait, ballade for 2 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Phyton le mervilleus serpent, ballade for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Aymi, dame de valour, virelai for solo voice
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Lasse, comme oublieray. Se j'aim mon loyal ami. Pour quoy me bat mes maris
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Pour ce que tous mes chans fais, ballade for 2 voices
>Grant, Denis Le : Se je chant mains que ne suelh, chace for 3 voices (attributed)
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Helas, tant ay dolour, ballade for 2 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Sanz cuer/Amis, dolens/Dame, par vous
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Rose, liz, rondeau for 4 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

Western music as we know it today has its roots in the fourteenth century, and most famously in the pioneering works of Guillaume de Machaut. Why he chose to set his remarkable poetry to music in this way we may never know, but the results continue to hold those who hear it enraptured. Few groups have matched The Orlando Consort - formed in 1988 specifically to explore this repertoire - in capturing and recording the essence of Machaut. This is the group's second volume in their Machaut Edition for Hyperion.

Early Music Today
The second anthology in the Orlando Consort's Machaut marathon... [is] characterised by supreme text- sensitivity and beauty of tone. One marvels at their trademark exquisite balance and their ability to reveal even the most complex of Machaut's structures with enviable agreement and ensemble.

The Observer, 25th January 2015
Machaut, in the skilled hands of these musicians, turns these brutalities into music of ethereal purity, pulsating with poised, almost jaunty rhythms. Music for quiet concentration.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Here we get a mix of 13 songs and motets taken from across his output, sung with suavity and control... 'Quant en moy/Amour' provides a lesson in quiet poise and ensemble.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
Much of the time the musical and textual argument puts the spotlight on the consort's younger members, the countertenor Matthew Venner and the higher tenor Mark Dobel...Their agility and Venner's clear, well-modulated timbre and admirably control of phrasing play no small part in the Orlandos' rejuvenation.



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>Machaut, Guillaume de : Il m'est avis qu'il n'est
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se vous n'estés, rondeau for 2 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant en moy/Amour et biaute/Amara Valde, motet for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : S'Amours ne fait, ballade for 2 voices
  • Performers: Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Phyton le mervilleus serpent, ballade for 3 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Aymi, dame de valour, virelai for solo voice
  • Performer: Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1340

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Lasse, comme oublieray. Se j'aim mon loyal ami. Pour quoy me bat mes maris
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Pour ce que tous mes chans fais, ballade for 2 voices
  • Performers: Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Grant, Denis Le : Se je chant mains que ne suelh, chace for 3 voices (attributed)
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Helas, tant ay dolour, ballade for 2 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Sanz cuer/Amis, dolens/Dame, par vous
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Rose, liz, rondeau for 4 voices
  • Performers: Mark Dobell (Tenor); Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant); Matthew Venner
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century