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Le Chansonnier Cordiforme / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke


Release Date: 08/20/2010 
Label:  Eloquence   Catalog #: 4801819   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousGuillaume DufayJohn BedynghamJohannes Regis,   ... 
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Number of Discs: 3 
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LE CHANSONNIER CORDIFORME Anthony Rooley, cond (lt); Consort of Musicke DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 1819 (3 CDs: 164:06)


Le Chansonnier Cordiforme is a ravishingly beautiful illuminated manuscript, shaped like a double heart, and assembled in the early 1470s, about the time of the death of Dufay, a generation after the deaths of Dunstable and Binchois, and just as men such as Ockeghem were becoming famous. According to annotator David Fallows, “The Chansonnier Read more Cordiforme contains the most compact and representative surviving collection of the classic European courtly song repertory in those years. Most of the songs that achieved the widest popularity at the time are here.” The book looks sublime; its original owner, though, was evidently a scoundrel. Jean de Montchenu was described at the time as “a great scoundrel, shameful of conduct, highly unchaste, destestable, dissolute, and full of vices.” He became a monk and then a bishop, but was finally excommunicated. The book came about, it is thought, when he was connected with the Duchy of Savoy (since 1860 a part of France).


Most of the music collected on these three CDs is anonymous or of uncertain provenance, but there are songs by Dufay, Ockeghem, Bedyngham, and Busnoys. Perhaps illustrating the ambivalent political stance of the House of Savoy, the first disc is in Italian; the others are in French. Some of these songs are sweetly plaintive; others, such as Ockeghem’s L’Autre d’antan l’autrier passa, energetic. The Ockeghem tells the story of a man who repeatedly is enticed by the looks or embraces of women who desert him; the first has a “look forged in Milan,” which is evidently particularly devastating. (Avoid women whose looks seem to have been “forged.”) While there are now readily available discs devoted to Ockeghem and Dufay, including excellent ones on Naxos, there’s no other song collection that I know of like this one: It’s an anthology of medieval music before things started to change. It’s a rich collection, beautifully played and sung, highly recommended for anyone with an interest in early music. Reproductions of the manuscript have evidently been made with infinite care. The notes tell you where you may find them, but warn the gentle reader that you also cannot afford them.


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Works on This Recording

1. Hora gridar 'oimè by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
2. Ben lo sa Dio by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
3. Dona gentile by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
4. Gentil madonna by John Bedyngham
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
5. Chiara fontana by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
6. O pelegrina luce by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
7. O rosa bella by John Bedyngham
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
Notes: This work may have been written by John Bedynham or John Dustable. 
8. La gracia di voi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
9. Perla mia cara by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
10. Morte mercè by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
11. Finir voglio la mia vita by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
12. O elegrina luce (ii) by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
13. O meschin' inamorati by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
14. Comme ung homme desconforté by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
15. S'il vous plaist que vostre je soye by Johannes Regis
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
16. L'aultre jour par ung matin by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
17. J'ay pris amours by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
18. L'autre d'antan by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
19. De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
20. J'ay moins de bien by Antoine Busnois
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
21. Vostre bruit et vostre grant fame by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
22. Cent mille escus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
23. Le Souvenir de vous me tue by Robert Morton
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
24. L'omme bany de sa plaisance by Barbingant
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
25. N'aray je jamais mieulx que j'ay by Robert Morton
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
26. Le serviteur hault guerdonné by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
27. Fortune, par ta cruaulté by Johannes Vincenet
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
28. Est il mercy du quoy l'on peust finer? by Antoine Busnois
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
29. Come femme desconfortee by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
30. Tout a par moy by Walter Frye
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
31. Ma bouche rit by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
32. Mon seul plaisir, ma doulce joye by John Bedyngham
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
33. Ma bouche plaint by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
34. Vray dieu d'amours by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
35. Hélas! Je n'ay pas osé dire by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
36. Or ay je perdu by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
37. Adieu vous dy by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
38. Terriblement suis fortunee by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
39. De mon povoir vous veul complaire by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
40. Hélas! n'aray je jamais mieulx by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
41. Quant du dire adieu by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
42. Je ne vis oncques la pareille by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Notes: This work may have been written by Gilles Binchois or Guillaume Dufay. 
43. Faites moy sçavoir de la belle by Anonymous
Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke

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