Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme | Naxos 8573325

Straight from the Heart: The Chansonnier Cordiforme

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573325

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th October 2016

Contents

Artists

Ensemble Leones

Conductor

Marc Lewon

Artists

Ensemble Leones

Conductor

Marc Lewon

About

The Chansonnier Cordiforme is a songbook, probably copied in 1475 for a roguish but musically cultivated priest named Jean de Montchenu – a contemporary chronicler called him ‘dissolute and full of all the vices’. The beautiful manuscript containing 43 songs is, uniquely, heart-shaped and covered in velvet. This recording presents both a representative crosssection of the manuscript’s repertoire, the majority of which is set to French texts and is among the best known and beautiful of the age, and a portfolio of differing performance options including instruments. In addition to works by such luminaries as Gilles Binchois and Johannes Ockeghem – music of elegant melody, textural refinement, and sometimes startling harmonic turns – there are ingenious and anonymous parodies of popular songs.

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