Figures of Harmony | Arcana A382

Figures of Harmony

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Label: Arcana

Cat No: A382

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 4

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th March 2015

Contents

Artists

Ferrara Ensemble

Conductor

Crawford Young

Artists

Ferrara Ensemble

Conductor

Crawford Young

About

Presented in a stylish 4-CD box set, here is a comprehensive recording of one of the most enigmatic manuscripts in the history of European music, preserved in the museum at the Château de Chantilly, France.

‘Anything that can be sung, can be written in music notation’, claimed an anonymous treatise on notation in the late fourteenth century. The harmonies thus ‘captured’ on parchment represent an apex in Western music, associated with the wealthiest courts in Christendom, called ‘decadent’ by some. Various elements of improvisation – avant-garde dissonance, astonishing rhythmic complexity, arching, lyrical melisma – meld into musical forms which test the boundaries of late Gothic sensibilities.

Here are love songs for the End of the World: a time of deadly plague, devastating earthquakes, endless war, disintegrating religion, and the explosion of science and measurement.

Contents:
CD 1

1. Helas pitié envers moy dort si fort
2. Se Alixandre et Hector fussent en vie
3. Tout par compas suy composés
4. Adieu vous di, tres doulce compaynie
5. Rondeau-refrain
6. Pres du soloil deduissant s’esbanoye
7. Io vegio per stasone
8. Lamech Judith et Rachel de plourer
9. Le mont Aon de Thrace, doulz pais
10. Se Zephirus, Phebus et leur lignie

CD 2
1. Pictagoras Jabol et Orpheüs
2. S’aincy estoit que ne feust la noblesce
3. Bobik blazen
4. Va t’en, mon cuer, aveuc mes yeux
5. Se July Cesar, Rolant et roy Artus
6. En seumeillant m’avint une vesion
7. Sub arturo plebs vallata
8. Par les bons Gedeon et Sanson delivré
9. En Albion de fluns environée
10. Tres gentil cuer

CD 3
1. De ma doulour
2. La fiamma del to amor
3. La harpe de mélodie
4. Istanpitta Isabella
5. En remirant
6. Le ray au soleyl
7. Chanconeta tedescha tenor
8. Sus une fontayne
9. Constantia
10. Chanconeta tedescha tenor
11. En attendant souffrir

CD 4
1. Angelorum psalat tripudium
2. Principio di virtu
3. Fuions de ci fuions povre compaigne
4. Or voit tout en aventure
5. Passerose de beauté la noble flour
6. Medee fu en amer veritable
7. Tel me voit et me regarde
8. Quant joyne cuer en may est amoureux
9. Corps femenin par vertu de nature
10. Calextone qui fut dame darouse
11. Passerose flours excellente
12. Roses et lis ay veu en une flour

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