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Adam De La Halle: Robin Et Marion / Tonus Peregrinus


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557337   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adam de la Halle
Performer:  Mary RemnantKathryn OswaldFrancis BrettAlexander L'Estrange,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ADAM DE LA HALLE Le jeu de Robin et Marion ? Antony Pitts, dir; Tonus Peregrinus ? NAXOS 8.557337 (74:26 & )


Another ?Robin and Marion? coming so soon after Ensemble Micrologus (28:6) is remarkable, for we now have four attempts to fill up a CD with the dramatic pastourelle that had first appeared on records three times in a bare-bones 11 to 13 minutes. On those three, Safford Cape and Joel Cohen included only the 16 songs, while Thomas Binkley Read more supplied a thread of dialogue while omitting a few minor songs at the end. Since the original play is mostly spoken, the story line was largely lost. Guy Robert on Arion was the first to add more dialogue, three motets, and three songs. Binkley?s second version on Focus was even longer by dint of a musical prelude but slightly less dialogue. Micrologus used no dialogue but prolonged the music with a lot of instrumental extensions and added six motets, five songs, and three estampies reals . Now we have the longest traversal of all, with the complete dialogue (it seems), three motets, and three songs. Like Binkley I, Robert, and Micrologus, this includes the motet on ?Robin m?aime? from the Montpellier Codex, performed here three times. All these discs, of course, include the basic 16 songs.


The most notable difference on this presentation is the dialogue spoken almost simultaneously, a narrator reciting the original dialect of French in the left speaker, the actors speaking colloquial English in the right speaker, with the songs spread across the center. Consequently, only the songs are printed in both languages in the booklet. (Focus printed songs and dialogue in both languages, Arion only in the original.) Clearly, these four CDs are not much alike, and the inveterate collector will learn a lot by hearing all four. This version has a hectic busyness in the way the narrator tries to squeeze his lines into the fast-paced play, but the added sound effects enhance the sense of a staged play. I must add that Robert?s baritone knight fits the character better than his rivals, but Pitts?s knight has the best sound effects. All four CDs are currently available, but this one has a real price advantage.


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Works on This Recording

1. Le jeu de Robin et de Marion by Adam de la Halle
Performer:  Mary Remnant (Fiddle), Kathryn Oswald (Spoken Vocals), Francis Brett (Spoken Vocals),
Francis Brett (Bass), Alexander L'Estrange (Spoken Vocals), Mary Remnant (Shawm),
Rebecca Hickey (Soprano), Alexander L'Estrange (Tambourine), Antony Pitts (Tambourine),
Joanna Forbes (Soprano), Mary Remnant (Symphony), Joanna Forbes (Spoken Vocals),
Alexander L'Estrange (Countertenor), Mary Remnant (Percussion), Mary Remnant (Gittern),
Mary Remnant (Rebec), Antony Pitts (Cow Horn), Antony Pitts (Trumpet),
Antony Pitts (Bagpipe), Antony Pitts (Spoken Vocals), Rebecca Hickey (Spoken Vocals),
Kathryn Oswald (Alto), Antony Pitts (Portative organ), Mary Remnant (Pipe & Tabor),
Mary Remnant (Harp), Richard Eteson (Tenor), Richard Eteson (Spoken Vocals),
Alexander Hickey (Spoken Vocals), Alexander Hickey (Tenor), John Crook (Spoken Vocals)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tonus Peregrinus
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 74 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: On this recording the musical selections are sung in the original (old) French, with connecting spoken narration and dialogue in English. Antony Pitts is the musical director of this production, and he also co-directed the dramatic portions with Joanna Forbes, and co-authored the English translations with Rosemary Pitts.
Arranger: Antony Pitts.
Sedgwick Park, West Sussex (09/22/2003 - 09/23/2003); Sedgwick Park, West Sussex (10/03/2003); Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, England (09/28/2004)
This selection is sung in English and Old French. 

Sound Samples

Mout me fu grief li departir / Robin m'aime / Portare: Mout me fu grief li departir / Robin m'aime, Robin m'a / Portare
Pilgrim's Prologue (after Li jus du Pelerin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Marion is happily minding her own business...Robins m'aime (Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Je me repairoie (Knight)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: He Robin (Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: ... when along comes a Knight on the lookout ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Vous perdes vo paine (Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: ... but Marion means no when she says so ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Bergeronnete sui (Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: ... and the Knight leaves empty-handed.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Trairi deluriau (Marion, Knight)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Rondeau II: Li dous regars
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1: Rondeau XV: Tant con je vivrai
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: He Robechon leure leure va (Marion, Robin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: ... and tastes some of her fare ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: Vous l'orres bien dire (Robin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: ... and tests her fidelity ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: Bergeronnete douche baisselete (Robin, Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: ... and she tests his dancing prowess ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: Robin par l'ame (Marion, Robin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: ... and Robin goes for reinforcements ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2: ... his manly cousins.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet II: De ma dame / Dieus / Omnes
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 3: Robin rounds up guests for the party.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet: Mout me fu grief li departir / Robin m'aime / Portare
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: The Knight returns to find his bird ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: J'oi Robin flagoler (Marion)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: ... beats up Robin and kidnaps Marion ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: He resveille toi Robin (Gautiers li Testus)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: ... but Robin is aroused to the point of valour.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4: Rondeau III: Hareu
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5: Marion sees off the Knight, her friends roll up ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5: Aveuc tele compaignie (tous)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5: ... and it's time for all kinds of party games.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: Robin rescues a sheep, declares his love ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: J'ai encore un tel paste (Robin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: ... and promises some delicacies of his own ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: Que jou ai un tel capon (Robin)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: ... when he returns.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6: A Dieu (Adam / Super)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7: Robin brings a pair of horns to the party ...
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7: Audigier (Gautiers li Testus)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7: ... gets over his jealousy and gets everyone on their feet.
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7: Venes apres moi (Robin et al)
Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet: Mout me fu grief li departir / Robin m'aime / Portare

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