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The Spirits Of England And France Vol 2 / Gothic Voices


Release Date: 07/14/2009 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55282   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Adam de la HalleAudefroi le BastartGace BruléGuibert Kaukesel,   ... 
Performer:  Henry WickhamRogers Covey-CrumpEmma KirkbyNick Bicat,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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THE SPIRITS OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE—2 Christopher Page, dir; Gothic Voices HELIOS 55282 (61:59 Text and Translation)


Music of RICHART DE SEMILLI, GACE BRULÉ, GONTIER DE SOIGNIES, GUIBERT KAUKESEL, GAUTIER DE DARGIES, ADAM DE LA HALLE, ERNOUL LE VIELLE, AUDEFROI LE BASTART, anon


First issued as Hyperion 66773 (19:1), this was one of five discs that surveyed medieval music of the two countries to great advantage, even if Read more the genre here was limited to one country. All these composers are trouvères from northern France, and none of the selections was familiar when the disc was issued, not that anything has changed in the meantime. One selection recorded much earlier by Russell Oberlin had just been reissued then, and it is still the only duplication I can find in a cursory search now. The trouvère repertoire far exceeds the surviving troubadour songs, but the latter are more favored on records. In addition to this disc, there were trouvère collections by Thomas Binkley (CD reissue in 9:2), Sequentia (8:2; CD in 12:2), and Ensemble Venance Fortunat (19:4), the last issued just after the present disc. In bygone days, Adam de la Halle, Thibaut of Champagne, and Chrétien de Troyes had special attention. But no one explained the many forms of songs, the poetic construction, the melodic structure, the trouvère biographies (at least of those represented here), and the interpretive approach nearly as well as Page does here. Reading the booklet is the first thing to do, and only then listen attentively to the record. The contrast among the forms, the alternation between solo voice and accompanied singing, and the inclusion of three pieces played on the fiddle add variety to a program that is already endowed with plenty of it. This is just one more treasure that newer collectors can acquire at bargain prices with the ongoing reissue of Page’s entire output on this label. Watch for more of them, but don’t miss this.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Assignés ci, Grieviler by Adam de la Halle
Performer:  Henry Wickham (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Three Estampies from the Manuscrit du Roi are performed on this recording.
Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
2.
En nouvel tens Pascour que florist l'aubespine by Audefroi le Bastart
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 7 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
3.
Cil qui d'amour me conseille by Gace Brulé
Performer:  Henry Wickham (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
4.
De bien amer grant joie atent, R 643 by Gace Brulé
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
5.
Desconfortés, plain de dolor et d'ire, R 1498 by Gace Brulé
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
6.
Quant define fueille et flour, R 1977 by Gace Brulé
Performer:  Henry Wickham (Baritone)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
7.
Fins cuer enamourés by Guibert Kaukesel
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
8.
Un chant nouvel vaurai faire chanter by Guibert Kaukesel
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Nick Bicat (Percussion)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
9.
La douce pensee, R 539 by Gautier de Dargies
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
10.
Por conforter mon corage by Ernoul le vielle
Performer:  Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
11.
Amours m'art con fouc am flama by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert White (Bagpipe)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
12.
Quant voi la fleur nouvele by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert White (Bagpipe)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
13.
Doleureusement commence by Gontier de Soignies
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
14.
Je chevauchai l'autrier la matinee by Richart de Semilli
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1300; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
15.
Estampie by Anonymous
Performer:  Pavlo Beznosiuk (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 
16.
Domna, pos vos ay chausida by Anonymous
Performer:  Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Liner Note Author: Christopher Page. 

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