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French Troubadour Songs / Hillier, Lawrence-King


Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 3957184   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousGace BruléMoniot d'ArrasColin Muset,   ... 
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-KingPaul Hillier
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The repertoire of trouvère songs is one "we are only now beginning to explore" writes Margaret Switten. I'm not sure that John Stevens or Hendrik van der Werf would agree with this, but it is certainly a claim that whets the appetite. And here we have an enlightened and well-chosen selection, sensitively presented and delightfully sung by Paul Hillier with insight and feeling. The main object of the poets' attention isJin'amor, but other themes, including the return of spring (Volez vous que je vous chant and En mai, quant li rossignolet), make their joyful appearance, and there is one piece in a completely different vein, a serious piece of religious polemics: Dieus est ensi conme est li pelicans.

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Read more melodies, simple and stanzaic, are of great beauty. Outstanding in this respect is Gace Brulé's A la doucor de la bele seson. Many are modal (Dorian) and a few share a well-known opening phrase with a Gregorian melodic-type that Andrew Lawrence-King has made much use of in his accompaniments. His own contribution is momentous: if the manner in which these songs were originally performed still remains a mystery for the singer, it is even more of an enigma for the accompanist. But Andrew Lawrence-King has taken the word trouvère to heart: he is a true 'finder'. His empathy with text, music and singer is total: he 'invents' with a sure touch, and I think it is not going too far to say it is a touch of genius.

-- Gramophone [4/1997]
review of original release, HM 907184
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Works on This Recording

1.
Volez vous que je vous chant by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
2.
Les oiselés de mon päis by Gace Brulé
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Bass), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
3.
Ce fut en mai by Moniot d'Arras
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
4.
A la douçour de la bele saison by Gace Brulé
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Language: French 
5.
Quant voi la fleur nouvele by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Language: French 
6.
En mai, quant li rossignolet by Colin Muset
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Bass), Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
7.
Ausi com l'unicorne sui, R 2075 by King of Navarre Thibaut
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Bass), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
8.
Dieus est ensi conme est li pelicans, R 273 by King of Navarre Thibaut
Performer:  Paul Hillier (Bass), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 
9.
Chancon ferai, que talent m'en est pris, R 1596 by King of Navarre Thibaut
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Paul Hillier (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Language: French 

Featured Sound Samples

Volez vous que je vous chant (Anonymous)
Les oiselés de mon pais (Brulé)

Sound Samples

Volez vous que je vous chant (Would you have me sing for you)
Les oxelés de mon païx (The birds from my native land)
Ce fu en mai (Once in the month of May)
Ausi conme unicorne sui (Like the unicorn, I am lost in wonder)
Deus est ensi conme li pellicanz (The lord is like the pelican)
Chançon ferai, que talenz m'en est pris (I will fashion a song, while fancy strikes me)
En mai, quant li rossignolez (In May, when nightingales sing clear)
A la douçor de la bele seson (In the fragrance of the new season)
Quant voi la flor nouvele (When I see fresh blooms appear)

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