A Song for Francesca - Music in Italy 1330–1430 / Page, Gothic Voices

Release Date: 9/13/2011
Label: Hyperion
Catalog Number: CDH55291
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Performances which stimulate the mind and invariably cosset the ear.

Gothic Voices have now achieved the distinction of gaining this award for a third time. Each of their recordings brings further musical rewards and confirms the stature of its predecessors in the medieval music arena. The selection of works chosen always reflects the greatest care, balancing the known with the unfamiliar in performances which stimulate the mind and invariably cosset the ear. "A Song for Francesca" explores the contrasts in fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Italian vocal music between native repertoire and the borrowed French and northern European styles; most of the items are recorded for the first time. Gothic Voices have enhanced the range of the tonal palette they put before us here, incorporating some harder-edged sonorities amongst their always immaculately turned style and ensemble. Several works seem destined to achieve fame via this issue, among them Andreas de Florentia's Astio non mori mai and Grossin's Va rent souspir, as well as anonymous items from the Canonici manuscript, two colourful ballate by Landini, three works by Richard de Loqueville, and Hugo de Lantins's Plaindre m'estuet. As before, these vibrant performances are matched by a fine recording in the Hyperion tradition.

– Gramophone [October 1989]
Works on This Recording
1. Astio non mori mai by Andreas de Florentia
Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
2. Per la ver'onestà by Andreas de Florentia
Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
3. Quando i oselli canta by Anonymous
Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
4. Constantia by Anonymous
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp )
Period: Medieval
5. Quando la stella by Giovanni da Cascia
Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; Italy
6. Amor mi fa cantar a la Francesca by Anonymous
Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
7. Non na el so amante by Anonymous
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp )
Period: Medieval
8. Ochi dolenti mie, ballata for 2 voices, S. 60 by Francesco Landini
Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
9. Per seguir la sperança by Francesco Landini
Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; Italy
10. O regina seculi by Anonymous
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
11. Quel fronte signorille by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
12. Puisque je suy amoureux by Richard de Loqueville
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp )
Period: Medieval
13. Pour mesdisans ne pour leur faulx parler by Richard de Loqueville
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp )
Period: Medieval
14. Plaindre m'estuet by Hugo de Lantins
Performer: Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
15. Je demande ma bienvenue by Johannes Haucourt
Performer: Christopher Page (Harp ), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
16. Confort d'amours by Anonymous
Performer: Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Caroline Trevor (Alto), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
17. Qui ne veroit que vos deulx yeulx by Richard de Loqueville
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp )
Period: Medieval
18. Va t'ent souspir by Estienne Grossin
Performer: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Margaret Philpot (Alto)
Conductor: Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gothic Voices
Period: Medieval
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