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Figures of Harmony: Songs of Codex Chantilly c. 1390 / Ferrara Ensemble; Crawford Young [4 CDs]

Audio Samples

  1. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Helas! Pitie envers moy dort si fort, F. 42 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Se Alixandre et Hector fussent en vie, F. 30
  3. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Tout par compas suy composés, F. 12 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Adieu vous di, très doulce compaygnie, F. 47 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Figures of Harmony — Panciatichiano 26: Rondeau-refrain, F. 16v $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Figures of Harmony — Siena Codex: Jo vegio per stasone, Ff. 47v-48 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Lamech, Judith et Rachel de plourer, F. 45 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Le mont Aon de Thrace, Doulz pais, F. 22v
  9. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Se Zephirus, F. 19 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Pictagoras, Jabol et Orpheus, F. 30v $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Figures of Harmony — Fragment lat. 9: Bobik blazen, F. 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Se July César, Rolant et roy Artus, F. 43
  13. Figures of Harmony — Bologna Manuscript Q15: Sub arturo plebs vallata - Fons citharizancium - in omnem terram exivit, F. 342 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Par les bons Gedeon et Sanson delivre, F. 45v $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Ent Albion de fluns environée, F. 47v $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Très gentil cuer, F. 18 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: De ma dolour, F. 32 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Figures of Harmony — Lucca Manuscript 184: La fiamma del to amor che gia me strinze, F. 14v $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: La harpe de mélodie, F. 43v $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Figures of Harmony — London Manuscript Additional 29987: Istanpitta Isabella, Ff. 56v-57 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: En remirant, F. 39
  22. Figures of Harmony — Lucca Manuscript 3065: Le ray au soleyl, F. 83 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Figures of Harmony — London Manuscript Additional 29987: Chanconeta tedescha tenor, F. 74 (1) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Figures of Harmony — Modena Codex: Sus une fontayne en remirant, F. 27v-28 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Figures of Harmony — Codex Faenza: Constantia, F. 41v-42 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Figures of Harmony — London Manuscript Additional 29987: Chanconeta tedescha tenor, F. 74 (2) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: En atendant souffrir, F. 33v $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Angelorum psalat, F. 48v $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Figures of Harmony — London Manuscript Additional 29987: Principio di virtu, Ff. 61-62 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Fuions de ci, fuions, F. 17 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Or voit tout en aventure, F. 25v $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Passerose de beauté, la noble flour, F. 21 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Medée fu en amer veritable, F. 24v $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Figures of Harmony — Modena Codex: Tel me voit, F. 41 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Quant joyne coeur en may est amoureux, F. 31 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Corps femenin par vertu de nature, F. 23v $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Figures of Harmony — Paris Fonds Italian 568: Passerose flours excellente, F. 21 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Figures of Harmony — Codex Chantilly: Roses et lis ay veu en une fleur, F. 22 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Trebor, Jean Robert : Hélas pitié
>Robert, Johan : Si Alexandre et Hector fussent en vie
>Cordier, Baude : Tout par compas suy composés, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Adieu vous di, tres doulce compaygnie, ballade
>Perugia, Matteo da : Rondeau-refrain
>Perugia, Matteo da : Pres du soloil deduissant s'esbanoye, ballade
>Austrie, Antonius da Civitate : Jo vegio per stasone, untexted ballade for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Lamech Judith et Rachel de plourer, ballade
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Le Mont Aon de Thrace, ballade
>Grimace, Magister : Se Zephirus, Phebus et leur lignie
>Suzay, Jehan : Pictagoras Jabol et Orpheüs, ballade
>Solage : S'aincy estoit que ne feust la noblesce
>Anonymous, French : Bobik blazen
>Reyneau, Gacian : Va t'en, mon cuer, avent mes yeux
>Robert, Johan : Se July Cesar, Rolant et roy Artus
>Trebor, Jean Robert : En seumeillant, ballade
>Alanus, Johannes : Sub Arturo plebs vallata/Fons citharizancium/In omnem terram exivit
>Caserta, Philippus de : Par les bons Gedeon et Sanson delivré (The Worthy Gedeon and Samson), song
>Anonymous, French : En Albion de fluns environée, ballade
>Solage : Tres gentil cuer
>Caserta, Philippus de : Il n'est nulz homs en ce monde vivant (There Is No One Alive in This World), song
>Caserta, Philippus de : De ma doulour
>Ciconia, Johannes : La fiamma del tuo amore
>Senleches, Jaquemin de : La harpe de melodie, virelai for 3 voices
>Anonymous : Istanpitta Isabella
>Caserta, Philippus de : En Remirant
>Ciconia, Johannes : Canon
>Anonymous : Chançoneta Tedescha
>Ciconia, Johannes : Sus une fontayne, for 3 voices
>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Constantia
>Caserta, Philippus de : En attendant souffir
>Rodericus : Angelorum psalat tripudium, motet
>Anonymous, Italian : Principio di virtù, istanpitta
>Senleches, Jaquemin de : Fuions de ci, fuions, povre compaigne, ballade
>Lange], Guido [de : Or voit tout en aventure, ballade for 3 voices
>Trebor, Jean Robert : Passerose de beauté
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Medee fu en amer véritable, ballade
>Senleches, Jaquemin de : Tel me voit et me regarde, virelai
>Trebor, Jean Robert : Quant joyne cuer, ballade
>Solage : Corps feminin
>Solage : Calextone, qui fut dame
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Passerose flours excellente, song
>Augustinus, Edigius : Roses et lis ay veu en une flour, song
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Presented in a stylish 4-CD box set, here is a comprehensive recording of one of the most enigmatic manuscripts in the history of European music, preserved in the museum at the Château de Chantilly in France. 'Anything that can be sung, can be written in music notation,' claimed an anonymous treatise on notation in the late fourteenth century. The harmonies thus 'captured' on parchment represent an apex in Western music, associated with the wealthiest courts in Christendom, called 'decadent' by some. Various elements of improvisation - avant-garde dissonance, astonishing rhythmic complexity, arching, lyrical melisma - meld into musical forms which test the boundaries of late Gothic sensibilities. Here are love songs for the End of the World: a time of deadly plague, devastating earthquakes, endless war, disintegrating religion, and the explosion of science and measurement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996); Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (02/16/2009); Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994); Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000); Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (06/1997); Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (12/07/2008).



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>Trebor, Jean Robert : Hélas pitié
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Robert, Johan : Si Alexandre et Hector fussent en vie
  • Performer: Kathleen Dineen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Cordier, Baude : Tout par compas suy composés, for 3 voices
  • Performer: Stephen Grant (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Adieu vous di, tres doulce compaygnie, ballade
  • Performer: Randall Cook (Vielle)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Written: by 1395

>Perugia, Matteo da : Rondeau-refrain
  • Performer: Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Perugia, Matteo da : Pres du soloil deduissant s'esbanoye, ballade
  • Performer: Debra Gomez (Harp)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 10 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Austrie, Antonius da Civitate : Jo vegio per stasone, untexted ballade for 3 voices
  • Performer: Crawford Young (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1421

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Lamech Judith et Rachel de plourer, ballade
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Written: by 1395

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Le Mont Aon de Thrace, ballade
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Written: circa 1370

>Grimace, Magister : Se Zephirus, Phebus et leur lignie
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/21/1994-03/24/1994)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Suzay, Jehan : Pictagoras Jabol et Orpheüs, ballade
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350

>Solage : S'aincy estoit que ne feust la noblesce
  • Performers: Kathleen Dineen (Harp); Kathleen Dineen (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, French : Bobik blazen
  • Performer: Eric Mentzel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.

>Reyneau, Gacian : Va t'en, mon cuer, avent mes yeux
  • Performer: Stephen Grant (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Robert, Johan : Se July Cesar, Rolant et roy Artus
  • Performer: Karl-Heinz Schickhaus (Dulcimer)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Trebor, Jean Robert : En seumeillant, ballade
  • Performer: Randall Cook (Vielle)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Alanus, Johannes : Sub Arturo plebs vallata/Fons citharizancium/In omnem terram exivit
  • Performer: Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1370

>Caserta, Philippus de : Par les bons Gedeon et Sanson delivré (The Worthy Gedeon and Samson), song
  • Performers: Ralpf Mattes (Lute); Ralpf Mattes (Psaltery)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Written: after 1350

>Anonymous, French : En Albion de fluns environée, ballade
  • Performer: Crawford Young (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350

>Solage : Tres gentil cuer
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Caserta, Philippus de : Il n'est nulz homs en ce monde vivant (There Is No One Alive in This World), song
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (01/08/1996-01/11/1996)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.

>Caserta, Philippus de : De ma doulour
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.

>Ciconia, Johannes : La fiamma del tuo amore
  • Performer: Eric Mentzel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1406

>Senleches, Jaquemin de : La harpe de melodie, virelai for 3 voices
  • Performer: Stephen Grant (Bass-Baritone)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Istanpitta Isabella
  • Performer: Randall Cook (Vielle)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.

>Caserta, Philippus de : En Remirant
  • Performers: Crawford Young (Gittern); Crawford Young (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.

>Ciconia, Johannes : Canon :: Le ray su soleyl (3 settings)
  • Performer: Marion Fourquier (Harp)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous : Chançoneta Tedescha
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.

>Ciconia, Johannes : Sus une fontayne, for 3 voices
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Codex Faenza : Constantia
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous : Chançoneta Tedescha
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.

>Caserta, Philippus de : En attendant souffir
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.

>Rodericus : Angelorum psalat tripudium, motet
  • Performer: Miriam Andersén (Voice)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Italian : Principio di virtù, istanpitta
  • Performer: Masako Art (Harp)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Written: 13th Century

>Senleches, Jaquemin de : Fuions de ci, fuions, povre compaigne, ballade
  • Performer: Randall Cook (Vielle)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1382

>Lange], Guido [de : Or voit tout en aventure, ballade for 3 voices
  • Performer: Raitis Grigalis (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1370

>Trebor, Jean Robert : Passerose de beauté
  • Performer: Els Janssens (Countertenor)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Medee fu en amer véritable, ballade
  • Performer: Eve Kopli (Voice)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1395

>Senleches, Jaquemin de : Tel me voit et me regarde, virelai
  • Performer: Jessica Marshall
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Trebor, Jean Robert : Quant joyne cuer, ballade
  • Performer: Eric Mentzel (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Solage : Corps feminin
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Solage : Calextone, qui fut dame
  • Performer: Karl-Heinz Schickhaus (Dulcimer)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Passerose flours excellente, song
  • Performers: Crawford Young (Gittern); Crawford Young (Lute)
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal

>Augustinus, Edigius : Roses et lis ay veu en une flour, song
  • Conductor: Crawford Young
  • Ensemble: Ferrara Ensemble
  • Notes: Chiesa di St. Germanus, Seewen, Svizzera (03/22/2000-03/25/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal