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Guillaume de Machaut: Motets

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tous corps qui/De souspirant cuer/Suspiro
>Machaut, Guillaume de : He, Mors, com tu es haïe/Fine Amour, quie me vint navrer/Quare non sum mortuus, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : De bon espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Aucune gent/Qui plus aimme/Fiat voluntas tua
>Machaut, Guillaume de : J'ay tant mon cuer/Lasse! je sui en aventure/Ego moriar
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Qui es promesses de Fortune/Ha, Fortune! trop suis mis loing/Et non est qui adjuvet
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Fons tocius superbie/O livoris feritas/Fera pessima, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Hareu, hareu, le feu/Helas, ou sera/Obediens usque ad mortem, motet for 3 voice parts
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement m'ont attrait/Eins que ma dame/Ruina, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Amours qui ha le povoir/Faus samblant/Vidi dominum, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Lasse, comme oublieray. Se j'aim mon loyal ami. Pour quoy me bat mes maris
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Bone pastor Guillerme/Bone pastor qui pastores/(tenor), motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Martyrum gemma latria/Diligenter inquiramus/A Christo honoratus, motet for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree de valour/Je ne sui mie
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Christe que lux es/Veni Creator Spiritus/Tribulatio proxima est, motet for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge, motet for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix/Ad te suspiramus, motet for 4 voices
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Machaut's music is 'Romantic' in the best sense. 'Beauty touched by strangeness' is one way to describe it. It is simultaneously attractive, mysterious, compelling. And also accessible: Machaut's expression of courtly love set the stage for the emergence of the Chanson in France.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is a landmark recording and a courageous venture. It's probably the first devoted to Machaut's motets, containing no fewer than 18 of the 23 that survive. It's certainly the first to present them in the order in which Machaut himself presented them in his own manuscripts. And the performances are of a truly mandarin refinement. Here are The Hilliard Ensemble with goodness knows how many combined years of experience performing this kind of music in public; they aren't just on the top of their form but also constantly showing the fruits of that experience.

The results of that refinement may surprise some listeners. Tempos tend to be rather slower than on earlier recordings: it's as though they feel no need for lily-gilding, no need to apologise for the music, where earlier performances injected possibly gratuitous energy into Machaut's lines.

Dissonances are often made to disappear almost without trace, which will disappoint those who thought the clashes to be the very lifeblood of Machaut's music. (It must be absolutely clear that this was an informed decision by The Hilliards, many of whom have performed this music with other groups over the years.) Diction tends to be clearer than in some recent recordings, and - perhaps most surprising of all - they refrain from adopting current views on the early French pronunciation of Latin. These are all features that could make some listeners find it a touch dull; they might even find that they scarcely recognise old favourites. But they're superbly done, and the performances give the best avenue yet to gaining access to Machaut's still perplexing but always irresistible art.

Notes & Reviews:

This album was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance."



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>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tous corps qui/De souspirant cuer/Suspiro
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : He, Mors, com tu es haïe/Fine Amour, quie me vint navrer/Quare non sum mortuus, motet for 3 voices
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); David Gould; Steven Harrold (Tenor); David James (Voice); Gordon Jones
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : De bon espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Aucune gent/Qui plus aimme/Fiat voluntas tua
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : J'ay tant mon cuer/Lasse! je sui en aventure/Ego moriar
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Qui es promesses de Fortune/Ha, Fortune! trop suis mis loing/Et non est qui adjuvet
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Fons tocius superbie/O livoris feritas/Fera pessima, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1340s
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Hareu, hareu, le feu/Helas, ou sera/Obediens usque ad mortem, motet for 3 voice parts
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tant doucement m'ont attrait/Eins que ma dame/Ruina, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Amours qui ha le povoir/Faus samblant/Vidi dominum, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Lasse, comme oublieray. Se j'aim mon loyal ami. Pour quoy me bat mes maris
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Bone pastor Guillerme/Bone pastor qui pastores/(tenor), motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Martyrum gemma latria/Diligenter inquiramus/A Christo honoratus, motet for 3 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree de valour/Je ne sui mie
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 13th Century
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Christe que lux es/Veni Creator Spiritus/Tribulatio proxima est, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1359
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1358
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix/Ad te suspiramus, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1360
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio