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Dreams in the Pleasure Garden

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement me sens emprisonnés, rondeau for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Comment puet on mieus
>Machaut, Guillaume de : De Fortune me doy pleindre
>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
Performers Ensemble Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Robert Harre-Jones (alto); Charles Daniels , Angus Smith (tenor).

Recording information: St.-Osdag-Kirche; ZMandelsloh(Neustadt).

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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Works Details

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement me sens emprisonnés, rondeau for 4 voices
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • 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: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
  • 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
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Mors sui se je ne vous voy
  • Performers: Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se quanque amours
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je ne cuit pas qu'onques
  • Performers: Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Liement me deport par samblant
  • Performer: Charles Daniels
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je puis trop bien ma dame comparer
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Certes mon oeuil
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : En amer a douce vie
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ay mi, dame de valour
  • Performer: Donald Greig (Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Une vipere en cuer
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1360
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ma fin est mon commencement
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : De toutes flours
  • Performers: Charles Daniels; Donald Greig (Baritone); Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor); Angus Smith (Chant)
  • Ensemble: Orlando Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio