Art of Love: Music of Machaut

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Robert Sadin has had an eclectic career as a conductor in both the classical and jazz worlds; a member of the faculty at Princeton; and an arranger, instrumentalist, and Grammy Award-winning producer. Art of Love: Music of Machaut uses a variety of his talents; he conceived, produced, and served as mixer for the album and arranged the music and texts of the songs by Guillaume de Machaut, as well as singing and playing clarinet and organ on some of the tracks. Although they were certainly meant to be accompanied, the melodies and lyrics are all that remain of Machaut's 14th century songs, and virtually nothing is known about how exactly they were meant to be performed. ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Robert Sadin has had an eclectic career as a conductor in both the classical and jazz worlds; a member of the faculty at Princeton; and an arranger, instrumentalist, and Grammy Award-winning producer. Art of Love: Music of Machaut uses a variety of his talents; he conceived, produced, and served as mixer for the album and arranged the music and texts of the songs by Guillaume de Machaut, as well as singing and playing clarinet and organ on some of the tracks. Although they were certainly meant to be accompanied, the melodies and lyrics are all that remain of Machaut's 14th century songs, and virtually nothing is known about how exactly they were meant to be performed. Sadin brings an unambiguously modern sensibility to his arrangements, which include both vocal performances and instrumentals, and even though the arrangements and improvisations use a variety of jazz techniques and styles, on almost every track he presents the melodies themselves absolutely faithfully. He assembles an array of outstanding performers from numerous traditions to collaborate on the pieces, including singers Milton Nascimento, Natalie Merchant, and Madeleine Peyroux (who recites rather than sings the lyrics); John Ellis on winds; guitarist Romero Lubambo; violinist Mark Feldman; cellist and guitarist Charles Curtis; pianist Brad Mehldau; and percussionist Cyro Baptista. Improvisation plays a major role on every track; for "Force of Love," Sadin provided Curtis, Mehldau, and Baptista only with the melody, giving them complete freedom to develop the piece. The performers tend to emphasize the melancholy longing of Machaut's modal melodies, so the general tone of the album is gently evocative, but at the same time many of the arrangements have an Afro-Brazilian rhythmic undercurrent. Every track effectively provides a distinctive setting for Machaut's music, which is sometimes heard straightforwardly and sometimes woven subtly into a rich improvisatory fabric. Each of the songs featuring Nascimento is exceptional for its depth of feeling, and other standouts include Merchant's wordless vocalese; "Doux Visage" with singer Celena Shafer; and the dancelike "Douce Dame," perhaps Machaut's most familiar tune, and the album's perkiest piece. The album includes two tracks by other composers, "Brad's Interlude," Mehldau's improvisation on a tune by Solage, a contemporary of Machaut's, and "Evocation," a soulful original vocal solo by Nascimento. Deutsche Grammophon's sound is immaculate with a warm intimacy. This beautifully executed CD should appeal to fans of jazz-classical crossover.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2010
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947419525
  • Catalog Number: 001391202
  • Sales rank: 315,078

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Sadin Primary Artist, Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Interviewee, Hammond B3
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Graham Haynes Cornet
Hassan Hakmoun Vocals, Sintir
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Surdo
Seamus Blake Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mark Feldman Violin
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Brad Mehldau Piano, fender rhodes
Natalie Merchant Vocals
Charles Curtis Guitar, Cello
Madeleine Peyroux Recitation
Matt Shulman Trumpet
Dan Weiss Tabla, Frame Drum
Lionel Loueke Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Anthony Burr Bass Clarinet
Celena Shafer Vocals
John Ellis Bass Clarinet, Ocarina, Tenor Saxophone
Jasmine Thomas Vocals
Technical Credits
Guillaume de Machaut Original Material
Milton Nascimento Composer, Lyricist
David Fanshawe Sample Source
Steve Addabbo Engineering
Yves Beauvais Lyric Adaptations
Dave Darlington Engineering
Clark Germain Engineering
Kevin Killen Engineering
Brad Mehldau Composer, Additional Music
Robert Sadin Composer, Producer, Concept, Lyric Adaptations, Engineering
Mark Wilder Mastering
Charles Curtis Soundscape
Solage Original Material
David S. Butchart Interviewer
Christopher Roberts Producer
Bryan Smith Engineering
Sergio Ricardo Engineering
Aleksandra Zelenina Artwork
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