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Spirits of England & France, vol. 2 Import

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Editorial Reviews

This series explores the riches of French and English Music from 1150 to 1450. The music for this recording features the songs of the trouveres. This repertoire is so large that a hundred recitals such as this would not encompass them. The songs describe things such as love-complaints, tales of erotic adventures in the countryside, debates in verse about matters of love, political lyrics, spinning songs, prayers to the Virgin and calls to join a crusade.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Je chevauchi, pastourelle
  2. Desconfortez, Plains de Dolor
  3. Estampie
  4. Quant Define Fueille et Flor
  5. Donna Pols Vos Ay Chausida
  6. De Bien Amer Grant Joie Atent
  7. Quant voi la fleur nouvele
  8. Dolerousement Comence
  9. Un Chant Novel
  10. Cil Qui d'Amours
  11. Estampie
  12. La Doce Pensee
  13. Amors m'art con Fuoc am Flama
  14. Por Conforter Mon Corage
  15. Estampie
  16. Au Novel Tens Pascor


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Gothic Voices
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Composer: De La Halle, Anonymous, Audefroi le Bastart, Brule, Ernoul le Vielle, et al.
  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B002B4TFSG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As far as the performances alone on this CD go, I can only quote a reviewer from the American Record Guide: 'This is quite simply the best recording ever of the Trouvère literature.' Both fans of and newcomers to Gothic Voices will be delighted by these interpretations, where 5 singers each take it in turn to perform examples, mostly unaccompanied, of the various Trouvère genres. Particularly noteworthy are the contributions from Rogers Covey-Crump, who is at his most sensuous on this disc, and Margaret Philpot, who ranges from the wistful to the declamatory. Similarly, you will be hard-pressed to find more intelligent and competent renderings of the estampies (MS du Roi), here played by Pavlo Beznosiuk (solo fiddle).

As always with Gothic Voices, the musicological justification for these performances is very strong. Yet whilst every performance decision here could be substantiated with evidence, it has to be said that the overall result is not entirely honest. Whereas the sparsity of documents referring to 'singing and playing' in 'High Style' Troubadour repertory (chansons, planhs, etc) enabled Christopher Page to adopt a rigid 'discontinuity' disclaimer (i.e. is the 'playing' simultaneous with, or subsequent to, the 'singing'...? Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages: Instrumental Practice and Songs in France 1100-1300, London, 1987, p.19]), the larger frequency of such references to 'singing and playing' in Trouvère repertory forced him to concede that, in all likelihood, Trouvère 'High Style' chansons (grand chants) were sometimes accompanied by vielle/fiddle (p.30ff).
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'Songs of the Trouveres' in the 'The Spirits of England and France' series by the Gothic Voices, directed by Christopher Page is one of the better 'early music' recordings I have bought and heard.

The Trouveres were wandering performers in France who wrote and performed 'grand chant' songs in the vernacular. In contrast to liturgical and other devotional music, this was the 'soap opera' entertainment of the day, as this genre was all about 'a protracted meditation on the fortunes of loving'.

This group features one of the very few 'stars' of early music performances, the soprano Emma Kirkby who only appears on two tracks, accompanied by either percussion or medieval lute.

This recording does justice to this series, Gothic Voices, and Hyperion.
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I've got "The Medieval Romantics: French Songs and Motets 1340-1440" by Gothic Voices and it's great! It's on hyperion label and made in England if your interested.
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