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Berenguer De Palol: Joys Amors Et Chants / Ensemble Cantilena


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 978   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Berenguer de PalolAnonymous
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BERENGUER 8 songs. ANON 2 songs Stefano Albarello, dir; Cantilena Antiqua Ens PASSACAILLE 978 (55:54 Text and Translation)


This release is the biggest troubadour news since Fanfare 33:4, where the complete songs of Peirol of Auvergne were recorded on one disc, all 17 songs that were edited in Henrik van der Werf’s The Read more Extant Troubadour Melodies . Berenguer de Palol is of comparable obscurity. Berenguer shows up in my collection on Licanus CDM 0308, which has three of the songs; two other CDs and two LPs add a total of only two more songs, but this disc does better at including more than a single strophe of each song. The Licanus disc called the composer Berenguer de Palou and Van der Werf calls him Berenguier de Palazol; both alternative spellings are mentioned in the notes here. Apart from being the only troubadour of Catalan origin, virtually nothing is known of him; the vida, or account of his life written along with his poems, calls him “a poor knight and teacher of arms who sang his songs for Ermessen, the wife of Arnon of Avinyo.” The only date mentioned is 1164, when his patron, Count Jaufré III of Roussillon, died. The dates cited in the Licanus booklet (1150–85) are not explained there.


The modern edition of these songs was published in Modena in 1978, and the recording was made in Bologna. Terence Newcombe had already published an edition in 1971, and his English translations are printed in the booklet. The ensemble is made up of three players and its director, Stefano Albarello, a countertenor who also plays with the others. They are remarkably at ease with music that must be unfamiliar to musicians and listeners alike. In his notes, Albarello writes that in two songs the melodies move away from the modal language of the times, indicating that he is either an ignorant amateur or skilled enough to break the rules. Since the rules were formulated for liturgical chant and did not apply to secular music, the latter seems more likely. The disc is thoroughly delightful. Since only a few troubadours (as noted in the previous review) have had any comprehensive treatment on this order, we are left to wonder how many more such troubadour programs are waiting for dedicated interpreters.


It may be noted that we hear at most four instruments in these songs. Van der Werf and Christopher Page have argued against such use, and Elizabeth Aubrey, in The Music of the Troubadours (Indiana, 1996), takes a middle position. Van der Werf also argued against modal rhythm, formerly assumed to be the rule. I remember sending him six recordings of a popular troubadour song (it must have been Can vei la lauzeta mover ) and hearing his reaction at being vindicated: “None of them use modal rhythm!” I wonder how he likes this recording.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bona domna cuy ricx pretz faí valer by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
De la gençor qu'om vey'al mieu semblan by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Ab la fresca clardat by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
O Pater by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Totz temoros e doptans by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Dona sí totz temps vívía by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Noans by Anonymous
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8.
Dona la gençer qu'om veya by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
9.
Aí tal dona cum íeu sai by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
10.
Tant m'abelis by Berenguer de Palol
Conductor:  Stefano Albarello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena Antiqua
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 03/2009 
Venue:  Studio Volmar, Bologna, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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