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Songs Of Angels - De Coincy / Pickett, New London Consort


Release Date: 10/08/2002 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460794   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gautier de Coincy (d1236) is one of those odd figures in the history of music who may not have been a composer at all. Most of his known songs have melodies that appear earlier elsewhere; so his importance is perhaps more as a man who adapted existing music for his own purposes and particularly as a medium for his poetry.

...[T]he New London Consort are fully up to their normal standards of exceptional skill. Philip Pickett has chosen to do the music with a group of nine singers (three woman and six men), which he deploys in all kinds of different and inventive ways in the course of the disc. Occasionally the size and energy of the group can make them sound a little ponderous, again by comparison with the intimacy of Alla
Read more Francesca, though they certainly grab the music by the scruff of the neck. This is spirited musicianship, only slightly marred by a booklet note that for half its length mimics the New Grove article, sentence by sentence.

But for anybody who knows the work of the New London Consort, this disc will be a particularly moving experience because it begins with gittern (short-necked lute) playing by Tom Finucane, who died of tuberculosis very suddenly this summer. Many times in the course of the disc one marvels at his peerless musicianship; and in the duets with the harp of Frances Kelly one can hear the results of more than 20 years making music together. We shall miss Tom badly.

-- David Fallows, Gramophone [1/2003]

This album was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor).
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Works on This Recording

1. Amours qui set bien enchanter by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. Mere Dieu, vierge senee by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. Amours dont sui espris by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Talens m'est pris orendroit by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
5. Ma viele by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
6. Hui matin a l'ajournee by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: French 
7. Entendez tuit ensemble, et li clerc et li lai by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. Hui enfantés by Gautier de Coincy
Conductor:  Philip Pickett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1214-1233; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1998 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Amours qui biens ses enchanter
Mere Dieu, Virge senee
S'amour dont sui espris
Talens m'est pris orendroit
Hui matin a l'ajournee
Hui enfantez
Ma viële
Entendez tuit ensemble

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