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Dreams In The Pleasure Garden - Machaut / Orlando Consort


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 457618   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Robert Harre-JonesAngus SmithDonald GreigCharles Daniels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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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 has been
Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tant doucement by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone),
Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Comment puet on mieus by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
De Fortune me doy pleindre by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Mors sui se je ne vous voy by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Se quanque amours by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone), Angus Smith (Tenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Je ne cuit pas qu'onques by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Angus Smith (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Liement me deport par samblant by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Je puis trop bien ma dame comparer by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Certes mon oeuil by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
En amer a douce vie by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Charles Daniels (Tenor), Angus Smith (Tenor), Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor),
Donald Greig (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1340; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Ay mi, dame de valour by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Une vipere en cuer by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone), Charles Daniels (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Ma fin est mon commencement by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Angus Smith (Tenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor), Donald Greig (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
De toutes flours by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Donald Greig (Baritone), Angus Smith (Tenor), Charles Daniels (Tenor),
Robert Harre-Jones (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Osdag Church, Mandelsloh, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 

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