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Miracles Of Notre-dame - Gautier De Coincy / Harp Consort


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 907317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Steven HarroldAndrew Lawrence-KingJulian PodgerIan Harrison,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Gautier de Coincy's Les Miracles de Nostre Dame is an extraordinary 13th-century collection of songs, prayers, verse-sermons, and stories that recount miracles associated with the Virgin Mary--translated from Latin sources and reset into French verse and joined with various combinations of original music and trouvère love songs. Gautier was a master of language and equally adept at recasting and rearranging secular popular music to convey his religious messages. The manuscript is certainly of importance equal to the later and now better-known, oft-recorded Cantigas de Santa Maria (whose texts and music contain many direct references to Gautier's Miracles), but we've had to wait until now for
Read more such a beautiful presentation of this music, so ardently expressive, drenched in atmosphere, and charged with the rhythms and vocal and instrumental colors that only come from informed stylistic premise.


The program is divided into topical sections--Amours, Ma Viele, Chançonetes, Conductus, Royne Celestre--and alternates between vocal and purely instrumental selections. Besides the clear, resonant beauty of the voices, the strength of these performances lies in the multitude of colors created by the various voice/instrument combinations and in the fascinating improvisational passages. Even if we don't understand the poetry or the contextual settings, the sheer rhythmic energy and strong melodic character of the music carries us along--just as it was intended by its original author/composer. Highlights include the lively little motet Hyer matin and the monumental Ja pour yver, a huge (13-plus minutes) and powerful masterpiece that will impress both advocates and those who've never previously been drawn to early vocal music.


Although we've heard authoritative traversals of trouvère repertoire from Martin Best (Nimbus) and Gothic Voices (Hyperion), Andrew Lawrence-King and his fellow musicians seem to have an equal or better knowledge of just how to treat the often sketchy or ambiguous information found in these early manuscripts, and even if we can't name every sound, we just can't resist the vielle, bagpipes, shawm, cornetto, psaltery, organetto, or whatever else passes across our ears, because it not only seems historically right but musically and sensuously "correct"--just as it was originally intended. Don't miss this landmark production, ideally recorded and documented with excellent, easily accessible notes.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cui donrai je mes amours by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Steven Harrold ()
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is performed twice on this recording (2nd time, by Caitríona O'Leary). 
2.
Amours qui set bien enchanter by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Hui matin a l'ajournee by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Douce dame, quar m'amez by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Harrison (Cornett)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Ma viele by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Jane Achtman (Vielle), Clara Sanabras (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Esforcier m'estuet ma vois by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Harrison (Shawm)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Quant ces floretes florir voi by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Portative organ)
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Puis que voi la fleur novele by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Caitríona O'Leary (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
D'un amour coie at serie by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Jane Achtman (Vielle), Andrew Lawrence-King (Portative organ)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
De la sainte Leocade by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Honeyman (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Talens m'est pris orendroit by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Psaltery), Jane Achtman (Vielle), Hille Perl (Vielle)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12.
Pour Dieu traiez vous by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Harrison (Bagpipe)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13.
Hui matin a l'ajournee/Benedicamus Domino by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Honeyman (Tenor), Julian Podger (Tenor), Steven Harrold (Tenor)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in French and Latin.
This selection is sung in French and Latin. 
14.
Je pour iver, pour noif ne pour gelee by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Honeyman (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Amours dont sui espris by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Julian Podger (Tenor), Ian Honeyman (Tenor)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Ver: polyphonic conductus, in two parts 
16.
Royne celestre by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Paul Willenbrock (Bass), Jane Achtman (Vielle)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Entendez tuit ensemble, et li clerc et li lai by Gautier de Coincy
Performer:  Ian Honeyman (Tenor), Virginie Landré (Mezzo Soprano), Julian Podger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 

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