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Adam de la Halle: Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This CD represents a bold attempt to make Adam de la Halle's "Le jeu de Robin et Marion" The Play of Robin and Marion, ca. 1280, perhaps the first secular music drama in the Western tradition, intelligible to a general modern audience. The English ensemble Tonus Peregrinus the name means wandering tone and is taken from a detail of chant theory combines a scholarly background with a desire to put the fruits of the group's scholarly labors across to nonspecialists. The most unusual detail of this recording is that the play's dialogue is not only included the manuscripts that preserve the play contain dialogue interspersed with unaccompanied songs but also translated into ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This CD represents a bold attempt to make Adam de la Halle's "Le jeu de Robin et Marion" The Play of Robin and Marion, ca. 1280, perhaps the first secular music drama in the Western tradition, intelligible to a general modern audience. The English ensemble Tonus Peregrinus the name means wandering tone and is taken from a detail of chant theory combines a scholarly background with a desire to put the fruits of the group's scholarly labors across to nonspecialists. The most unusual detail of this recording is that the play's dialogue is not only included the manuscripts that preserve the play contain dialogue interspersed with unaccompanied songs but also translated into English as it goes along. As the listener hears the dialogue section given in lightface type in the tracklist, English words are heard from singers, followed by the original medieval French from a single narrator. It sounds confusing, but the effect is no more intense for the listener than watching a foreign film and reading the subtitles. The translations are colloquial in the extreme. It's quite a surprise to hear words like "It'll be a great party if you guys come along," or even "I'm a complete fool to waste time on this bitch," coming to us across seven centuries, but of course medieval culture had a down-to-earth side to go with its mystical, numerological aspects. De la Halle's songs listed in boldface in the tracklist are performed with light, improvisatory accompaniment and translated in the booklet. The result is surely the first "Jeu de Robin et Marion" that can be listened to by glancing at the booklet rather than keeping one's eyes glued to it. The play emerges as a fairly entertaining pastoral romance, complete with trash talk, fart jokes, romantic misunderstandings, and many of the other appurtenances of comedy as we know it today. The small instrumental group works well, and the musicians convincingly inflect de la Halle's sparse songs in the direction of romance as required. The remainder of the music on the disc consists of further compositions by Adam de la Halle: polyphonic motets and rondeaux that conclude sections of the drama. These are given by title in lightface in the tracklist, with their titles preceded by their genre Rondeau or Motet, plus a number. Some of them appear to be related to the action, but it's hard to tell -- texts are not given for these. Despite the uncertainty over the functions of these pieces, this is the performance of "Le jeu de Robin et Marion" to choose if you have a general curiosity about the work. The performance gives the play the charming directness and earthiness one sometimes finds in medieval art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313233724
  • Catalog Number: 8557337
  • Sales rank: 181,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet: Mout / Robins m'aime / Portare - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:01)
  2. 2 Le jeu de pelerin (The Play of the Pilgrim) (contains 2 brief refrains) - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (2:46)
  3. 3 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Robins m'aime - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (3:01)
  4. 4 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Le me repairoie - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:39)
  5. 5 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Hé Robin - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  6. 6 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. ...when along comes a Knight on the looko - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (4:33)
  7. 7 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Vous perdés vo paine - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  8. 8 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. ...but Marion means no when she says so.. - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:29)
  9. 9 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Bergeronnete sui - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:22)
  10. 10 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. ...and the Knight leaves empty-handed - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:12)
  11. 11 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 1. Trairi deluriau - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (2:07)
  12. 12 Li dous regars de me dame, rondeau for 3 voices (2 settings) - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:03)
  13. 13 Tant con je vivrai, rondeau for 3 voices - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:41)
  14. 14 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. Hé Robechon leure leure va - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:06)
  15. 15 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. ...and tastes some of her fare... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (3:12)
  16. 16 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. Vous l'orrés bien dire - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:12)
  17. 17 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. ...and tests her fidelity... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:38)
  18. 18 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. Bergeronnete douche baisselete - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:48)
  19. 19 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. ...and she tests his dancing prowess... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:16)
  20. 20 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. Robin par l'ame - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:11)
  21. 21 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. ...and Robin goes for reinforcements... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (1:28)
  22. 22 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 2. ...his manly cousins. - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:54)
  23. 23 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet 2: De ma dame / Dieus / Omnes - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (3:12)
  24. 24 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 3. Robin rounds up guests for the party. - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (1:54)
  25. 25 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet: Mout / Robins m'aime / Portare - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:01)
  26. 26 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4. The Knight returns to find his bird... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (2:08)
  27. 27 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4. J'oi Robin flagoler - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:20)
  28. 28 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4. ...beats up Robin and kidnaps Marion... - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (2:34)
  29. 29 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4. Hé resveille toi Robin - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:36)
  30. 30 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 4. ...but Robin is aroused to the point of v - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (1:02)
  31. 31 Hareu, li maus a'amer, rondeau for 3 voices - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:41)
  32. 32 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5. Marion sees off the Knight, her friends r - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (3:54)
  33. 33 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5. Aveuc tele compaignie (tous) - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:01)
  34. 34 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 5. ...and it's time for all kinds of party g - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (10:20)
  35. 35 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6. Robin rescues a sheep, declares his love. - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (4:53)
  36. 36 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6. J'ai encore un tel pasté - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:28)
  37. 37 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6. ...and promises some delicacies of his ow - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:06)
  38. 38 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6. Que jou ai un tel capon - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:26)
  39. 39 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 6. ...when her returns. - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (0:32)
  40. 40 A Dieu commant amouretes, motet for 3 voices - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (2:00)
  41. 41 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7. Robin brings a pair of horns to the party - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (2:40)
  42. 42 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7. Audigier - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (0:07)
  43. 43 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7. ...gets over his jealousy and gets everyo - Adam de la Halle & John Crook (1:48)
  44. 44 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Scene 7. Venés apres moi - Adam de la Halle & Richard Eteson (1:31)
  45. 45 Le jeu de Robin et de Marion (The Play of Robin and Marion): Motet: Mout / Robins m'aime / Portare - Adam de la Halle & Tonus Peregrinus (1:25)
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