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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (29 Jun. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B002B4TFSG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Je Chevauchai
2. Desconfortez, Plains De Dolor
3. Estampie I
4. Quant Define Fueille Et Flor
5. Donna Pos Vos Ay Chausida
6. De Bien Amer Grant Joie Atent
7. Quant Voi La Flor Nouvele
8. Dolerousement Comence
9. Un Chant Novel
10. Cil Qui D'amours
11. Estampie II
12. La Doce Pensee
13. Amors M'art Con Fuoc Am Flama
14. Assenes Chi, Grievilier
15. Por Conforter Mon Corage
16. Estampie III
17. Fins Cuers Enamoures
18. Au Novel Tens Pascor

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Chants des Trouvères / Gothic Voices - Christopher Page, direction

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
I've owned a CD of this recording since soon after it was first published circa 1995 and, quite simply, it's outstanding and worthy of a whole host of five star reviews. Margaret Philpot's rendering of Audefroi on track 18 is particularly inspiring.

Those wishing to experience medieval singing for the first time cannot do better than begin with this excellent recording. The songs are in the way of being the pop music of their day and age and one can appreciate how the popular music of subsequent centuries evolved from them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.R.Stonestreet on 22 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a great fan of early music particularly human voices. This a lovely collection of songs and some are quite unusual.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stunning (if imbalanced) performances 3 Mar. 2010
By Maddy Evil - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As far as the performances alone on this CD go, I can only quote a reviewer from the American Record Guide: 'This is quite simply the best recording ever of the Trouvère literature.' Both fans of and newcomers to Gothic Voices will be delighted by these interpretations, where 5 singers each take it in turn to perform examples, mostly unaccompanied, of the various Trouvère genres. Particularly noteworthy are the contributions from Rogers Covey-Crump, who is at his most sensuous on this disc, and Margaret Philpot, who ranges from the wistful to the declamatory. Similarly, you will be hard-pressed to find more intelligent and competent renderings of the estampies (MS du Roi), here played by Pavlo Beznosiuk (solo fiddle).

As always with Gothic Voices, the musicological justification for these performances is very strong. Yet whilst every performance decision here could be substantiated with evidence, it has to be said that the overall result is not entirely honest. Whereas the sparsity of documents referring to 'singing and playing' in 'High Style' Troubadour repertory (chansons, planhs, etc) enabled Christopher Page to adopt a rigid 'discontinuity' disclaimer (i.e. is the 'playing' simultaneous with, or subsequent to, the 'singing'...? Voices and Instruments of the Middle Ages: Instrumental Practice and Songs in France 1100-1300, London, 1987, p.19]), the larger frequency of such references to 'singing and playing' in Trouvère repertory forced him to concede that, in all likelihood, Trouvère 'High Style' chansons (grand chants) were sometimes accompanied by vielle/fiddle (p.30ff). So could we not have had just one 'High Style' chanson accompanied as such by Pavlo Beznosiuk...? Similarly, the overwhelming majority of descriptions of 'Lower Style' genres primarily as accompanied songs (by Page's own admission) leaves me wondering why he directed "a cappella" performances of a descort (track 12), a chanson de toile (track 18) and a pastourelle (track 15), especially as the first two of these (tracks 12 and 18) are the only examples of their respective genres on this recording, and the pastourelle (track 15) not only mentions a flute ('frestel') but also singing and playing ('chantoit et notoit').

So in short, this recording must be warmly recommended, but with the proviso that the listener realises this is not the complete picture of Trouvère song. Alongside other equally engaging performances, however, (with Trouvère High Style songs sometimes accompanied by one harp or vielle, e.g. Lo Gai Saber - Camerata Mediterranea / Joel Cohen [Erato 2292-45647-2] or The Unicorn - Anne Azema [Erato 4509-94830-2]), it is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of how this repertory might have sounded.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Triumph of the Trouveres. Buy It! 6 Jan. 2006
By B. Marold - Published on
Format: Audio CD
'Songs of the Trouveres' in the 'The Spirits of England and France' series by the Gothic Voices, directed by Christopher Page is one of the better 'early music' recordings I have bought and heard.

The Trouveres were wandering performers in France who wrote and performed 'grand chant' songs in the vernacular. In contrast to liturgical and other devotional music, this was the 'soap opera' entertainment of the day, as this genre was all about 'a protracted meditation on the fortunes of loving'.

This group features one of the very few 'stars' of early music performances, the soprano Emma Kirkby who only appears on two tracks, accompanied by either percussion or medieval lute.

This recording does justice to this series, Gothic Voices, and Hyperion.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gothic Voices are the best!!!!!!!! 27 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've got "The Medieval Romantics: French Songs and Motets 1340-1440" by Gothic Voices and it's great! It's on hyperion label and made in England if your interested.
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