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Audio CD, July 29, 1997
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Music of Courtly Love from Medieval France and Italy.

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listen  1. Douce Dame Jolie 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Foys Porter 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Je Sui Aussi 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Lamento Di Tristan (Instrumental) 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rotta (Instrumental) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ecco La Primavera 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Par Maintes Foys 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Apposte Messe 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Or Sus, Vous Dormez Trop (Instrumental) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rose, Liz Printemps 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Istampita Isabella (Instrumental) 9:00Album Only

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  • Audio CD (July 29, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Classics
  • ASIN: B0000023GB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to a great deal of medieval music over the years but nothing captures the spirit of "Ars Nova" better than "Douce Dame." Ringing with authenticity, this is not your typical collection of medieval pieces, sugarcoated for modern ears. This is the Middle Ages as I"m sure it was--raw, sensual, mysterious and profoundly elegant. And in the capable hands of a group like the Waverly Consort, the music of Machaut and other lesser known composers fires the imagination with images of the Crusades (tracks 7 and 13), damsels in distress (track 5) and even violence. There's even a dash of humor--track 11 pictures a hunting scene where the hounds just won't do what they're supposed to!
I was surprised to hear such a Middle Eastern flair to this early music, which is not surprising when one considers most of the instruments were picked up during the Crusades. There is also a discordant, "unresolved" sound to many pieces from this era, particularly the dance numbers, which may not set well with lovers of Dufay or Victoria. Still. the album is superbly performed (although a little too operatic in places) and it is well worth the money.
A word of advice if you buy this album. Listen to it once without the liner notes (which contain excellent lyrical translations), then go back and read the notes by themselves. Then, after you've had a chance to get to know the music, go back and read the lyrics while you're listening. You'll get much more out of the music and the enchanting lyrics this way.
If you like medieval music, by all means buy this album. If you don't, buy it anyway. In time, you'll be the richer for it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have had this album on vinyl since it came out in the '70s and it has always been a favorite. The vibrancy of the music comes through, the performers seem to have had a blast recording it. Some might find the vocal performances operatic by todays standards, but the gems that are presented here shine.
Michael Jaffee's experiment using a more Moorish approach to instrumentation works well in my opinion. The Istampitta Isabella is fascinating. Even though it is almost 9 minutes long I don't get bored with it.
My one beef is that the editor for the liner notes didn't bother to read the original album notes concerning the instrumentation. They incorrectly name one of the bowed instruments kamanje (a middle eastern spike fiddle made out of a gourd with a single string) instead of kemence (a 3 string fiddle carved out of a single block of wood from the Black Sea region that strongly resembles illustrations in Las Cantigas de Santa Maria). This is just sloppy work and considering the reasons for using the instrument are explained in the original album notes it is inexcusable.
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