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The Language of Love / Duo Trobairitz

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Trouveres : Por coi me bait mes maris, monophonic malmariee, Rayn.1564
>Anonymous, French : Dansse Real I
>Faidit, Gaucelm : Lo rossinholet salvatge, monophonic canso
>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Tierche Estampie Real, for consort
>Anonymous, Trouveres : En un vergier lez une fontenele, chanson de toile, Rayn.594
>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Quarte Estampie Royal
>Anonymous, Trouveres : En ma forest, pastourelle
>Ventadorn, Bernart De : Can l'erba fresch', monophonic canso
>Muset, Colin : Voles oir muse Muset, trouvere song
>Anonymous, French : Bele Doette as fenestres se siet, chanson de toile
>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Prime Estampie Royal, medieval dance
>Bornelh, Giraut de : Reis glorios, monophonic alba
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Notes & Reviews:

"The Art of Courtly Love takes center stage on Duo Trobairitz' Hyperion CD, The Language of Love, which is devoted to French Troubadour and Trouvère songs of the eleventh through thirteenth centuries... If one has an interest in the sound and repertoire of medieval troubadour literature and desires to hear it in a period appropriate setting without too many bells or whistles employed, then Duo Trobairitz' The Language of Love is as about a close to such an ideal as one is likely to get." -All Music

'An exemplary medieval disc from this young duo. The troubadour material is various ... and the performers are beguiling. Faye Newton's pure, vibrato-light soprano suggests Emma Kirkby with rouged cheeks; while Hazel Brooks's accompaniments lift the vielle, a rustic lyre, to an instrument of enchantment ... With these artists time stands still. A "chill-out" hit in the making' (The Times)

'Most of these songs from medieval France explore the infinite emotional complexities of hopeless love. Soprano Faye Newton characterises their wide-ranging, rhapsodic melodic lines so as to evoke both unbearable pain and despair and brief moments of joy. On the lighter side, she brings wry humour to tales of pastoral seduction, and of a spirited wife whose husband objects to her boyfriend. Hazel Brooks's piquant vielle provides atmospheric accompaniments that perfectly enhance all these moods, as well as some delightful dances' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Faye Newton and Hazel Brooks build compelling, eloquent performances around the evocative words of their repertoire' (Classic FM Magazine *****)

'Duo Trobairitz re-create the sound world and the artistic idiom with sufficient authority that, were the original creators of this music to come back and hear these performances ... they would have stamped their feet in approval ... The lovely anonymous Bele Doette in which Newton's disarmingly charming voice and Brooks's sensitive playing on the vielle evoke a world which, while distant and remote from ours, clearly relished the same profound response to the kind of emotions which affect mankind, be it a twelfth-century knight or a twenty-first-century audiophile. On the subject of audiophiles, Hyperion has captured these delightful performances with ideal depth and intimacy' (International Record Review)

'There are some outstanding renditions here ... Newton is fresh-voiced and immediate, and Brooks is a vigorous accompanist' (Early Music)

'This is among the best recordings of this repertoire ... I will always enjoy being challenged to listen to these works in such fresh and sensitive interpretations as these' (American Record Guide)



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>Anonymous, Trouvères : Por coi me bait mes maris, monophonic malmariée, Rayn.1564
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Anonymous, French : Dansse Real I
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.

>Faidit, Gaucelm : Lo rossinholet salvatge, monophonic canso
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1202

>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Tierche Estampie Real, for consort
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Anonymous, Trouvères : En un vergier lez une fontenele, chanson de toile, Rayn.594
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Quarte Estampie Royal
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Anonymous, Trouvères : En ma forest, pastourelle
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Ventadorn, Bernart De : Can l'erba fresch', monophonic canso
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1190

>Muset, Colin : Volés oïr muse Muset, trouvère song
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1250

>Anonymous, French : Bele Doette as fenestres se siet, chanson de toile
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Anonymous, Manuscrit du Roi : La Prime Estampie Royal, medieval dance
  • Performer: Duo Trobairitz (Vielle)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1300

>Bornelh, Giraut de : Reis glorios, monophonic alba
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire (02/17/2005-02/18/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1215