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Joye - Les Plaints De Gilles De Bins Dit Binchois / Graindelavoix


Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 32102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gilles BinchoisJohannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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BINCHOIS Adieu mes tres belles amours. Amoureux suy. Je ne pouroye. Se la belle. Qui vous mesdire. Mon seul et souverain désir. Les tres doulx yeux. Adieu, jusque je vous revoye. Tant plus ayme. Esclave puist. Adieu mon amoureuse joye. Mort tu as navré Björn Schmelzer, dir; Graindelavoix GLOSSA 32102 (73:52 Text and Translation)


OCKEGHEM Mort tu as navré


Björn Read more Schmelzer is an intellectual among interpreters. His first disc, “Caput” (30:1), was an indication of that, and this program confirms it. The disc is titled “Joy” but subtitled “The laments of Binchois,” and it concludes with Ockeghem’s lament on the death of Binchois. It is a collection of the composer’s secular songs linked by a thread of loss, which he turns into joy. (Ockeghem calls him “father of joy” in the lament.) Unlike the first disc, which used only unaccompanied men, this group adds two women to the original five men along with soft instruments. The performances nevertheless range from unaccompanied men (in Mon seul et souverain désir ) to a solo voice with all four players and most of the possible combinations of one to four voices with two to four players in between. (The Ockeghem lament uses unaccompanied mixed voices.) Actually, in Schmelzer’s view, accompaniment is the wrong word. He writes, citing contemporary thinking, that instruments provide ornamentation, played by ear and circling around the voice parts rather than doubling them. Hence Schmelzer’s players have worked out their roles in each performance, each one different than the last.


In the end, none of this heavy thinking gets in the way of a moving program, beautifully sung and played. This is a group to watch. After hearing this disc, go back to the Ockeghem Mass if you passed it up the first time. You will have new insights into Burgundian music, assimilated from studies published as far back as Jeanne Marix and as recently as 2004. Special attention is paid to Binchois’s poetic texts, each one analyzed separately. This is the first recording of Ockeghem’s lament based on Fabrice Fitch’s recent restoration.


As luck would have it, the two most recent collections of Binchois chansons (30:2 and 29:1, both under Dufay) provide contrast. Malfeyt’s disc, comparable to this one in the use of instruments, duplicates none of these selections, while Page’s disc, advocating early music without instruments, duplicates four of these, an excellent comparison. For sizable collections, we have to go all the way back to René Clemencic’s full disc (5:2; CD not submitted for review), which has only one of these, and Ensemble Kaproen (4:2), which had four of them, both groups using instruments. ( Amoureux suy is on all three.) Hardly more than half of his songs have been recorded, so there is still room for other ensembles to do their part for Binchois. I still prefer Page’s unaccompanied renditions, but Schmelzer offers a strong case for the other side.


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Works on This Recording

1. Adieu mes tres belles amours by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
2. Amoureux suy et me vient toute joye by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
3. Je ne pouroye by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
4. Se la belle n'a le voloir by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
5. Qui veut mesdire si mesdie by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
6. Mon seul et souverain désir by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
7. Les tres doulx yeux by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
8. Adieu, jusques je vous revoye by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
9. Tant plus ayme tant plus suy mal amé by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
10. Esclave puist by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
11. Adieu mon amoureuse joye by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
12. Mort, tu as navré by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 

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