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The Unknown Lover - Machaut, Solage / Gothic Voices

Album Summary

>Solage : Le Basile
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Mors sui se je ne vous voy
>Solage : En l'amoureux vergier
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant je sui mis su retour, virelai for voice
>Solage : Tres gentil cuer
>Solage : Fumeux Fume par fumee
>Solage : Joieux de cuer en seumellant estoye, ballade for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, se vous m'estes lointeinne, ballade for voice
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Adieu vous di, tres doulce compaygnie, ballade
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Plus dure que un dyamant
>Solage : Corps feminin
>Solage : S'aincy estoit que ne feust la noblesce
>Solage : Plusiers gens voy for 4 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Douce dame, tant com vivray, rondeau for 2 voices
>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Le Mont Aon de Thrace, ballade
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se je souspir parfondement, virelai for 2 voices
>Solage : Calextone, qui fut dame
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dieus, Biaute, Douceur, virelai for voice
>Solage : Hélas, je voy mon cuer
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Notes & Reviews:

"Gothic Voices explore songs by two 14th-century French composers. Machaut, well known to lovers of early music, represents the first half of the century; Solage, almost unknown today, represents the second half, the evolution of Ars Subtilior from Ars Nova. We can only surmise that he wrote for princely and ducal courts by names hinted at in his songs. The opening song, Solage's ballade Le Basile, is sung at a brisk tempo by a soloist over a busy "di-di-di-di" accompaniment. Many of the ballades have a similar accompaniment, sometimes with a soprano soloist, more often a male voice. The singers manage with perfect ease the long vocalisations and rhythmic complexity of some of the ballades, for example S'aincy estoit: their performance flows as naturally as a gentle stream. Several of Machaut's virelais are particularly interesting, especially the passionate Mors sui se je ne vous voy, where two solo male voices respond to each other melodically. Perhaps most intriguing of all is Solage's rondeau Fumeux fume par fumee. Gothic Voices take this strange song at face value and perform it at pitch with a group of the lowest male voices. They seem to suggest that these singers sink into a boozy haze. But what do we know about performance practice in the 14th century? Precious little. The truth is that Solage is actually describing an existing group of poets, bent on trying to uncover the very essence of poetic imagination and creation. We hear several series of short phrases, sung sequentially, six or seven in a row, reaching the very bottom of the vocal range. The effect is astoundingly modern, entailing chromaticism and exotic modulations. It would take another 200 years before a Gesualdo might attempt anything equally exotic." -Gramophone



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Works Details

>Solage : Le Basile
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Mors sui se je ne vous voy
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Steven Harrold (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: after 1350

>Solage : En l'amoureux vergier
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Steven Harrold (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Quant je sui mis su retour, virelai for voice
  • Performer: Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Solage : Tres gentil cuer
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Solage : Fumeux Fume par fumee
  • Performers: Jonathan Arnold (Bass); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 1389

>Solage : Joieux de cuer en seumellant estoye, ballade for 4 voices
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: circa 1390

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dame, se vous m'estés lointeinne, ballade for voice
  • Performer: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Adieu vous di, tres doulce compaygnie, ballade
  • Performers: Robert MacDonald (Bass); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Written: by 1395

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Plus dure que un dyamant
  • Performers: Steven Harrold (Tenor); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Solage : Corps feminin
  • Performers: Steven Harrold (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Solage : S'aincy estoit que ne feust la noblesce
  • Performers: Steven Harrold (Tenor); Leigh Nixon (Tenor); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Solage : Plusiers gens voy for 4 voices
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Douce dame, tant com vivray, rondeau for 2 voices
  • Performers: Steven Harrold (Tenor); Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Anonymous, Codex Chantilly : Le Mont Aon de Thrace, ballade
  • Performers: Steven Harrold (Tenor); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone); Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Written: circa 1370

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Se je souspir parfondement, virelai for 2 voices
  • Performer: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Solage : Calextone, qui fut dame
  • Performers: Julian Podger (Tenor); Robert MacDonald (Bass); Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Dieus, Biaute, Douceur, virelai for voice
  • Performer: Steven Harrold (Tenor)
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Solage : Hélas, je voy mon cuer
  • Notes: St. Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, England (02/20/2006-02/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval