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Al Fresco - Machaut: Chansons / Orlando Consort

Machaut / Harre / Daniels / Smith / Greig / Orlc
Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000993102   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles DanielsAngus SmithDonald GreigRobert Harre-Jones,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The science of classical music was born in the eleventh century but it really took off in the fourteenth as composers and theorists began to write for one another, expanding techniques of harmony and rhythm to new levels of sophistication and complexity. In France the new music was called "ars nova" (new art) and its leading practitioner was Guillaume de Machaut. He is best known for the 'Messe de Notre Dame,' one of the earliest complete polyphonic mass settings and a landmark of medieval music, but his innovative nature may be best heard in his songs, called ballades, virelai and rondeaux, fourteen of which are assembled here.
DREAMS IN THE PLEASURE GARDEN is the first full length CD of unaccompanied Machaut songs. Care
Read more has been taken to avoid the most often recorded pieces and show the more "dissonant and unpredictable" side of Machaut's art. The songs are dazzling, haunting, perfect little puzzles that turn and unlock, opening to reveal even deeper beauties. The four members of the Orlando Consort reveal themselves as the heirs apparent to the Hilliard Ensemble, matching their superb intonation with an even greater sense of involvement. This is a wonderful CD, essential for fans of early music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tant doucement by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Language: French 
2.
Comment puet on mieus by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Grieg (Baritone), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
De Fortune me doy pleindre by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Mors sui se je ne vous voy by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Se quanque amours by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Je ne cuit pas qu'onques by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Liement me deport par samblant by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Je puis trop bien ma dame comparer, ballade for 3 voices by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1360; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
9.
Certes mon oueil, rondeau for 3 voices by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
10.
En amer a douce vie by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1340; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
He, dame de valour que j'aim, virelai for voice by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1350; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
12.
Une vipere en cuer, ballade for 2 voices by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: after 1360; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
13.
Ma fin est mon commencement by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
14.
De toutes flours by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Tant doucement
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Comment puet on
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: De Fortune
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Mors sui
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Se quanque amours
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Je ne cuit pas
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Liement me deport
Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Je puis trop bien
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Certes mon oueil
Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: En amer a douce vie
Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: He! Dame de valour
Dreams in the Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Une vipere
Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: Ma fin est mon commencement
Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Chansons: De toutes flours

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Dine in splendour on Al Fresco - Machaut: Chansons July 14, 2013 By James Spence (Victoria, BC) See All My Reviews "The sublime Orlando Consort provide a feast for the ears in this recording of vocal music. You won't even notice that the instruments aren't there." Report Abuse
 Very fine performance; no scholarship June 28, 2013 By R. Burnham (Chico, CA) See All My Reviews "A very brief comment included on the container of this CD, "...the beauty of the words is analogous to the music's beauty, and following the text does, in that sense, contribute to a full perception of Machaut's composition as a unity," makes the fact that there is no poetic text with translation included in the package difficult to accept. One can appreciate the abstract character and beautiful nature of the music through its diamond-like, all vocal performance well enough; but, had I realized that all printed material had been budgeted out of this offering, I would not have ordered it." Report Abuse
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