The David Munrow Edition - The Art of Courtly Love

Release Date: 8/7/2007
Label: Erato
Catalog Number: ERA61284
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
For those (like this reviewer) who were still in short pants when the first of these recordings appeared, David Munrow’s work has acquired something close to mythical status, akin perhaps to that of Jimi Hendrix in the realm of pop music. Like Hendrix, Munrow was a charismatic figure, a self-taught virtuoso whose public performances frequently caught fire; like Hendrix, he died tragically young; and like Hendrix, Munrow was a trail-blazer with a difference, in that many different schools of Britain’s early music scene can legitimately claim him as an inspiration, if not a direct mentor. The list of young talent Munrow banded round him reads like a roll-call of today’s most influential musicians: James Bowman, Charles Brett, Rogers Covey-Crump, Martin Hill, Christopher Hogwood, Philip Pickett to name but a few. Towards the end of his life, Munrow began to concentrate on fifteenth-century sacred polyphony, with a cappella, one-to-a-part performances (in “The Art of the Netherlands” HMV, 11/76 – reissued at mid-price on EMI). In this, he anticipated the emergence of groups like the Hilliard Ensemble; but one need only listen to the disc of dance suites, most of which was recorded earlier in his career, to sense the debt owed by the instrumental groups that emerged even later, like the New London Consort. When David Munrow named his series of radio broadcasts after the Pied Piper, he was describing himself.

All these recordings were made in the astonishingly short period between January 1971 and the end of 1975. They fall into two broad groups, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries (“The Art of Courtly Love” and Dufay’s Mass), and the sixteenth and early seventeenth (“Monteverdi’s Contemporaries”, Praetorius and the dance music on Testament). The earlier discs were recorded in 1972-3, a couple of years before “the Art of the Netherlands”. The latter is in some ways the more polished collection, but there is such tremendous excitement on so many tracks of “Courtly Love” (listen to the progressively more Hendrixian inflexions of the Istampitta Tre fontane) that one happily overlooks the occasional wrinkle; besides, Munrow’s experiments with instrumental combinations turn out some real gems. The ‘fourteenth-century avant-garde’ section is especially fine in this respect (the combination of tenor and two crumhorns in the ‘Phiton’ pieces, for example). Although much has been re-recorded since, a good number of Munrow’s first performances remain unsurpassed....

It is a real joy to welcome these essential recordings to the CD repertory. Had David Munrow lived (he would have been only 54 this year), there would have been more, so much more. That he himself chose otherwise is all the more poignant and sadly ironic, for joy in making music of any period, beyond the exotic instruments and the scholarship, is the overriding message of these discs. What more can one say?

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [9/1996]
Works on This Recording
1. A vous, douce debonnaire by Jehannot de l'Escurel
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm), David Munrow (Kortholt), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1300 ; France
2. Hareu, hareu, le feu/Helas, ou sera/Obediens usque ad mortem by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Alan Lumsden (Slide Trumpet), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
3. Amours me fait desirer by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
4. Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree de valour/Je ne sui mie by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
5. Se ma dame m'a guerpy by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
6. Se je souspir parfondement by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Tyler (Citole)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
7. Dame, se vous n'avez aperceü by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: David Munrow (Bagpipe)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
8. Quant je sui mis au retour by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
9. Mes esperis se combat by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
10. Ma fin est mon commencement by Guillaume de Machaut
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
11. Douce dame jolie, pour Dieu by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: David Corkhill (Tabor), James Tyler (Citole), Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
12. De Bon Espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), David Munrow (Cornemuse), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
13. De toutes flours by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), Christopher Hogwood (Organ), James Tyler (Lute), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
14. Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), David Munrow (Kortholt), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
15. Estampies real: no 7 by Anonymous
Performer: David Corkhill (Nakers), David Munrow (Shawm)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
16. Quant j'ay l'espart by Guillaume de Machaut
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
17. Phyton, le mervilleus serpent by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
18. Armes, amours/O flour des flour by Fransiscus Andrieu
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
19. A l'arme, a l'arme by Grimace
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm), Alan Lumsden (Slide Trumpet), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
20. Phiton Phiton by Franciscus
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
21. Ma tredol rossignol by Borlet
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Recorder), Alan Lumsden (Recorder), David Munrow (Recorder), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), James Tyler (Citole), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
22. Fumeux Fume par fumee by Solage
Performer: David Munrow (Kortholt), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
23. De home vray by Johannes de Meruco
Performer: David Munrow (Cornemuse), Eleanor Sloan (Rebec), Oliver Brookes (Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
24. Istampitta Tre fontane by Anonymous
Performer: James Tyler (Citole), David Corkhill (Nakers), Oliver Brookes (Crwth)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ;
25. Tres doulz amis/Ma dame/Cent mille fois by Jehan Vaillant
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
26. Plasanche or tost by Pykini
Performer: Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), David Munrow (Treble Recorder), Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), James Tyler (Lute), Alan Lumsden (Treble Recorder), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ; France
27. Amour m'a le cuer mis by Anthonello da Caserta
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), David Munrow (Kortholt)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ; Italy
28. Tribum quem by Anonymous
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
29. Hélas, je voy mon cuer by Solage
Performer: James Tyler (Citole)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ; Italy
30. Contre le temps by Anonymous
Performer: Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ;
31. Andray soulet by Matteo da Perugia
Performer: David Munrow (Cornemuse), Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ;
32. La greygnour bien by Matteo da Perugia
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ;
33. Restoés restoés by Anonymous
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm), Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ; Cyprus
34. Ce moys de may by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: David Munrow (Recorder), Alan Lumsden (Recorder), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), James Tyler (Citole), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Oliver Brookes (Recorder), Martyn Hill (Tenor), David Corkhill (Tambourine)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
35. La belle se siet by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
36. Je ne fai tousjours que penser by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Bass Viola da gamba), James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
37. Filles a marier ne vous mariez ja by Gilles Binchois
Performer: David Munrow (Tenor Shawm), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
38. Amoureux suy et me vient toute joye by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Bass Viola da gamba), James Tyler (Lute), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
39. Je loe Amours et ma dame mercye by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
40. Navré je sui d'un dart penetratif by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), David Munrow (Tenor Shawm)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
41. O tres piteulx "Lamentatio constantinopolitanae" by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: David Munrow (Kortholt), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
42. La Spagna by Anonymous
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm), Alan Lumsden (Sackbut), Roger Brenner (Sackbut), David Corkhill (Tabor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
43. Par droit je puis bien complaindre by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), James Tyler (Viola da Gamba), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
44. Donnés l'assault by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: David Munrow (Alto Shawm), Alan Lumsden (Sackbut), Roger Brenner (Sackbut), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
45. Vostre tres doulx regart plaisant by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), David Munrow (Kortholt)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
46. Helas, mon dueil by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
47. Bien puist by Gilles Binchois
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Crumhorn), David Munrow (Crumhorn), James Tyler (Crumhorn)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Burgundy, France
48. Vergene bella by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: James Tyler (Viola da Gamba), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
49. Amis tout dous vis by Pierre de Molins
Performer: David Munrow (Cornemuse), Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), Christopher Hogwood (Organ), James Tyler (Lute), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
50. Ma douce amour by Johannes S. Hasprois
Performer: Eleanor Sloan (Fiddle), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London
Period: Medieval
Written: circa 1400 ; France
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