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Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme


Release Date: 10/14/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573325  
Composer:  AnonymousHayne van GhizeghemGilles BinchoisJohannes Vincenet,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Number of Discs: 1 
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Note: A sound sample for this release can be heard in the above clip at 2:00 - 2:24.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Chansonnier Cordiforme is a songbook, probably copied in 1475 for a roguish but musically cultivated priest named Jean de Montchenu - a contemporary chronicler called him "dissolute and full of all the vices". The beautiful marnuscript containing 43 songs is, uniquely, heart-shaped and covered in velvet. This recording presents both a representative cross-section of the manuscript's repertoire, the majority of which is set to French texts and is among the best known and beautiful of the age, and a portfolio of differing performance options including instruments. In addition to works by such luminaries as Gilles Binchois and Johannes Ockeghem - music of elegant melody, textural refinement, and sometimes startling harmonic turns Read more - there are ingenious and anonymous parodies of popular songs.

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REVIEW:

The performers sensibly take a pragmatic approach to the heated debate as to precisely how these pieces were performed and use a mixture of voices and instruments, with occasional a cappella renditions. I loved these accounts, which are both musically expressive and eloquent in an unhurried way. Binningen provides just the right resonance for full enjoyment of this lovely music.

– Early Music Review (D. James Ross) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'autre jour par un matin by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
2.
Hélas! n'aray je jamais mieulx by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
3.
Terriblement suis fortunee by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
4.
De tous bien playne by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
5.
Comme femme desconfortee by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
6.
Fortune, par ta cruaulté by Johannes Vincenet
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
7.
Adieu vous dy by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
8.
Le souvenir by Johannes Tinctoris
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Medieval 
Written: Circa 1430-1511; France 
9.
Ben lo sa Dio by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
10.
Chiara fontana by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
11.
N'aray je jamais mieulx que j'ay by Robert Morton
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
12.
Dona gentile by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
13.
De tous biens playne by Johannes Tinctoris
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Medieval 
Written: Circa 1430-1511; France 
14.
O pellegrina, o luce by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
15.
Ma bouche rit by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
16.
Ma bouche plaint by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
17.
La gratia de voe by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 
18.
Comme ung homme desconforté by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
19.
Perla mya cara by Anonymous
Conductor:  Marc Lewon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Leones
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 

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