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The Rose, The Lily & The Whortleberry / Orlando Consort

Release Date: 03/14/2006 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907398   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guillaume de MachautAnonymousTreborWalter Frye,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You may remember a few years ago the Orlando Consort's magnificent debut for Harmonia Mundi, Food, Wine & Song, which celebrated music and food with a combination recording/medieval cookbook, complete with beautiful illustrations and some intriguing recipes along with expertly sung music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Well, this time the male quartet focuses on the importance of the garden in music and poetry from the 13th through 16th centuries, offering musical selections from France, England, Spain, Italy, and the Low Countries. As before, the hard-cover book that accompanies the CD includes gorgeous color reproductions of
Read more appropriate Medieval and Renaissance art along with scholarly commentary, this time pertaining to the significance of the garden to life, love, and celebration during the period in question. Immediately apparent in the music are certain commonalities of style--and certainly of themes – owing to the widespread influence of itinerant musicians roaming Europe, each carrying a varied mix of repertoire depending on what countries, courts, and taverns he had visited.

And while there are some similarities, it's also easy to hear differences, from the chansons of the Low Countries (Crecquillon, Clemens non Papa) to the motet style of Spanish and French composers such as Ceballos, Brumel, or Guerrero. And then there's the unmistakable voice of Machaut, represented here in the beautiful chanson "Rose, liz, printemps, verdure" (Rose, lily, spring, greenery). As we might expect from a program devoted to a garden theme, there's tremendous variety on display, from the more overt harmonies and saucy rhythms to the more delicate, subtle details of phrasing, dynamics, and expressive nuance. And yet, as in any well-planned garden, these varied components all fit together in one pleasing, compatible whole, any part of which may be enjoyed separately or in the context of the greater setting. There are many highlights--the art works are an important and fascinating complement – but my favorite musical selection is Brumel's lovely little motet Sicut lilium, an ideal setting of the text from the Song of Songs, "As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters." The Orlando Consort and Harmonia Mundi have delivered another inspired, enlightening, and entertaining project, first-class from cover to cover and from first note to last.

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Rose, liz by Guillaume de Machaut
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
El mois de mai/De se debent bigami/Kyrie by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century 
Passerose de beauté by Trebor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1389 
Flos regalis by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Flos regalis: Agnus dei by Walter Frye
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Quam pulchra es by Leonel Power
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Soubz les branches / En la rousée / Jolis mois de may by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Royne des flours by Alexander Agricola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Dindiridin by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
En la fuente del rosel by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Hortus Conclusus by Rodrigo de Ceballos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Aquella mora garida by Gabriel Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Quasi cedrus by Francisco Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Changeons propos by Claude de Sermisy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Sicut lilium by Antoine Brumel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Vidi speciosam by Johannes Lupi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Haec est illa dulcis rosa / Salve by Carpentras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
De la belle contrade d'oriente by Cypriano de Rore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Ecce tu pulcher es by Dominique Phinot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
I vaghi fiori by Jacques Arcadelt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Des herbes ai assés by Thomas Crecquillon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Au ioly bocquet croist la violette by Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
O flos campi by Nicolas Gombert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort

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