Lancaster and Valois: French & English Music, ca. 1350-1420

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Lancaster and Valois: French & English Music, ca.1350-1420 features the English early music vocal group Gothic Voices firing on all cylinders in a much loved repertoire: surveying musical currents beginning with Guilliame Machaut and leading up to the dawn of the Renaissance in about 1420. This era is the dominion of single-named composers represented to posterity by only by 2-10 works and numerous pieces that remain anonymous despite some items finding wide distribution in manuscripts of the time. Lancaster and Valois were the two royal houses that ruled England and France, respectively, and this fact forms the basis for the program, a general enough concept to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Lancaster and Valois: French & English Music, ca.1350-1420 features the English early music vocal group Gothic Voices firing on all cylinders in a much loved repertoire: surveying musical currents beginning with Guilliame Machaut and leading up to the dawn of the Renaissance in about 1420. This era is the dominion of single-named composers represented to posterity by only by 2-10 works and numerous pieces that remain anonymous despite some items finding wide distribution in manuscripts of the time. Lancaster and Valois were the two royal houses that ruled England and France, respectively, and this fact forms the basis for the program, a general enough concept to allow Gothic Voices wide latitude in selecting its content. The most impressive piece here is undoubtedly the "Credo" by composer Pycard, who may have been French or English; all that is known of him is that he served as a clerk in the employ of John of Gaunt in the 1390s. Represented by nine works in the Old Hall Manuscript, Pycard's six-minute, four-voice "Credo" is unusually long, elaborate, and complex in a time when "elaborate and complex" were generally the rule, but "long" was practically unknown. Solage, the leading light of the ars subtilior, is heard through his virelai "Tres gentil cuer amoureux," and numerous other pieces here are equally sophisticated technically. Nevertheless, these oddments are balanced with works that are more direct in style, though all of the music is rather involved business for the singers, and it is here where Gothic Voices admirably acquit themselves. No matter how confusing the text, alien the harmony, or awkwardly rhythmic these obscure and seemingly alchemic works may be, Gothic Voices find the right expression and interpretation in order to make them comprehensible. Lancaster and Valois is a fast moving program, and one that makes sense of the glossolalia of musical endeavors belonging to the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. This Helios disc of Lancaster and Valois is a reissue of an album that originally appeared on Hyperion label in 1992.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571152943
  • Catalog Number: 55294
  • Sales rank: 185,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Donnez, signeurs, ballade for 3 voices - Guillaume de Machaut & Charles Daniels (4:32)
  2. 2 Puis qu'autrement ne puis avoir - Anonymous & Andrew Lawrence-King (1:35)
  3. 3 Sois tart, tempre, main ou soir - Anonymous & Joanna Gamble (1:47)
  4. 4 Tres gentil cuer for 3 voices - Solage & Charles Daniels (4:03)
  5. 5 Credo, for 4 voices - Pycard & Joanna Gamble (6:02)
  6. 6 Quant je ne voy ma dame, rondeau for 3 voices - Guillaume de Machaut & Andrew Lawrence-King (5:23)
  7. 7 Le Ior - Andrew Lawrence-King & Anonymous, Codex Faenza (2:14)
  8. 8 Avrai je ja de ma dame confort? - Anonymous, French & Charles Daniels (2:30)
  9. 9 Riches d'amour et mendians, ballade for 2 voices - Guillaume de Machaut & Rogers Covey-Crump (5:05)
  10. 10 Pas de tor en thies païs, ballade for 3 voices - Guillaume de Machaut & Rogers Covey-Crump (4:29)
  11. 11 Salve mater domini/Salve templum domini - Nicholas Sturgeon & Rogers Covey-Crump (2:58)
  12. 12 Sanctus - Anonymous & Rogers Covey-Crump (2:07)
  13. 13 Regali Ex Progenie for 3 voices - Fonteyns & Rogers Covey-Crump (1:10)
  14. 14 Work(s): Mon seul voloir / Certes m'amour - Johannes Cesaris (4:45)
  15. 15 Ce Jour de L'An Que Maint for 3 voices - Baude Cordier & Charles Daniels (3:32)
  16. 16 Se Vous Scaviés for 3 voices - Johannes Cesaris & Stephen Charlesworth (3:25)
  17. 17 Je vueil vivre au plaisir d'amours - Anonymous & Joanna Gamble (3:19)
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Album Credits

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Gothic Voices Primary Artist
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