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Machaut: 2 Polyphonic Lais

The Medieval Ensemble Of London Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0017NCS9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 1. Je ne cesse de prier 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 2. Et ou porrait on querir 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 3. C'est celle qui par ordonnance 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 4. Ces trois un a po de peinne 2:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de La Fonteinne - 5. Et qui de ceste eaue prendroit 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 6. Mais ceste trinité 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 7. De la duis le Pere nomme 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 8. Et pour ce di que cil troy 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 9. Pour ce te pri 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 10. Mais de tel confort 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 11. He! fonteinne de concorde 2:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Guillaume de Machaut: Le Lay de la Fonteinne - 12. Pour paver et nettoier 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 1. Pour ce que plus proprement 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 2. Je fui, ma dame de pris 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 3. Et quant je me senti a ce mené 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 4. Et vous, ma dame honorée 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 5. Ainsi departant 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 6. Et ce m'a tenu de joie 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 7. Helas! celle douce vie 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 8. Quar ce que j'ay plus doubté que mourir 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 9. Et celle est, a dire voir 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 10. Je ne sçay 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 11. Ma tres douce dame excellente 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Guillaume de Machaut: Un Lay de Consolation - 12. Amis, tieng certainnement 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I've only just found this recording. I wish I'd found it years ago! It is astonishing. Each lai is 30 minutes of one voice singing continuously, 12 lais flowing each into the next without a break - in the first, accompanied in each second piece in 3-part canon by two others; on the second, with a very spare single-line accompaniment on various bowed & plucked strings, one at a time.

No wonder scholars and musicians have largely ignored Machaut's lais, you might think: this certainly sounds like it should be a disc to avoid. BUT in reality it is utterly fascinating. Hypnotic would be entirely the wrong word - there is nothing hypnotic about Covey-Crump's performances. Instead, his singing is completely involving, and the crystal-clear diction makes you stay alert to Machaut's poetry as well as his music throughout. (Indeed, it is easy to spot the places where the texts in the booklet diverge slightly from what Covey-Crump sings, AND to understand what he is singing instead, which is pretty rare in any sung repertoire!) If you've ever enjoyed & been gripped by one of Machaut's monophonic virelais on a Gothic Voices disc, or the monophonic sections of the complete motets disc by Ensemble Musica Nova (though their approach to the virelai is very different), imagine being held in that grip for 10 or 12 times as long, with the same degree of enjoyment.

This has to be the most daring medieval disc I've come across - where else would you hear one voice singing for half an hour virtually alone? But it is triumphantly successful. Machaut always put his long lais at the beginning of his manuscripts, presumably because he too thought they were special. On the evidence of this recording, modern musicians have been criminal in ignoring Machaut's self-recommendation of these vast pieces.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seconded 11 Feb 2011
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Not much to add to what the previous reviewer said here except to back it up.

The second lay, "Lay de consolation", features tenor Rogers Covey-Crump alone with instruments and is for me aesthetically the less attractive piece, so I couldn't quite go all the way to giving the disc in its entirety a full five stars, more of a 4.5. More pleasing overall is the first lay, "Lay de la fonteinne", in which on each even numbered stanza out of the dozen, Covey-Crump is accompanied by tenors Paul Elliott and Andrew King creating a "canon" for three equal voices, though to emphasise the text Covey-Crump sings the words whilst the other two vocalise.

In the notes by David Fallows, he remarks that displayed in this disc are Covey-Crump's "sweet tone through an enormous register", "his astonishingly clear French diction" and "his astonishing sense of pitch".

The accompanying booklet contains full lyrics and English translations, plus brief notes in English, French & German.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read reviews 10 Oct 2011
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if u want to listen to polyphony this cd is amazing...i bought it because the review for it seemed to be written by someone who knew what they were talking about. they did. its ethereal.
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