The rose as symbol of both the beloved and of love itself: the ‘fleur des fleurs’ of the Roman de la Rose is paid due homage by The Orlando Consort in this latest instalment of their essential series.
That evergreen theme of courtly love inspires in Machaut extraordinary harmonies and beautiful, primitive counterpoint. The singers combine pin-sharp tuning and gentle phrasing in this seductive collection.
– BBC Music Magazine
With their stylish singing of a programme inspired by the floral imagery contained in the influential 13th-century poem Le Roman de la rose, the Orlando Consort’s four unaccompanied male singers ensure that these 14 beautiful virelais, ballades, rondeaux and motets still speak with eloquence and passion.
– Sunday Times (UK)