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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B003YCKAFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lo Gai Saber - I. Del Gran Golfe de Mar - Ondas do mar / Altas undas que venez suz la mar
  2. Lo Gai Saber - I. Del Gran Golfe de Mar - Del gran golfe de mar
  3. Lo Gai Saber - II. Proensa - Pos tornats sui en Proenza
  4. Lo Gai Saber - II. Proensa - Ab l'alen tir vas me l'aire
  5. "Lo Gai Saber - III. Ab Joi et ab Joven - Er, quan vei chanjar lo senhoratge"
  6. "Lo Gai Saber - III. Ab Joi et ab Joven - Bel m'es, quan vei chanjar lo senhoratge"
  7. Lo Gai Saber - III. Ab Joi et ab Joven - Ab Joi et ab Joven
  8. Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Interlude : Danca dles dos domnas
  9. Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Sirvens sui avutz et arlotz
  10. "Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Dona, tant vos ai preiada"
  11. "Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Damma, pos vos ai chausida"
  12. Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Ab la dolchor del temps novel
  13. Lo Gai Saber - IV. Novel Amor - Nouvele Amor qui si m'agree
  14. Lo Gai Saber - V. Ben es dreihz qu'eu planha - Lancan vei la folha
  15. Lo Gai Saber - V. Ben es dreihz qu'eu planha - Dirai vos senes duptansa
  16. Lo Gai Saber - V. Ben es dreihz qu'eu planha - Ar mi puesc ieu lauzar d'amor
  17. Lo Gai Saber - VI. Ar em al freg temps vengut - Interlude : Lo freg temps / Ar em al freg temps vengut
  18. Lo Gai Saber - VI. Ar em al freg temps vengut - Be'm degra de chantar tener
  19. Lo Gai Saber - VI. Ar em al freg temps vengut - Un sirventes novel vueill comensar / Judicii Signum
  20. Lo Gai Saber - VI. Ar em al freg temps vengut - O Maria Deu maire
  21. Lo Gai Saber - VI. Ar em al freg temps vengut - Esperanza de totz ferms esperans / Ondas do mar

Disc: 2

  1. Le Fou sur le pont : Can vei la lauzeta mover
  2. Le Fou sur le pont : Non es meravelha s'eu chan
  3. Le Fou sur le pont : Cantarai d'aqueszt trobadors
  4. Le Fou sur le pont : Lo gens temps de pascor
  5. Le Fou sur le pont : E.I. vescoms de Ventadorn
  6. Le Fou sur le pont : E dieus li det
  7. Le Fou sur le pont : Tant ai mo cor ple de joya
  8. Le Fou sur le pont : Mout duret lor amors
  9. Le Fou sur le pont : Per melhs cobrir lo mal pes
  10. Le Fou sur le pont : E Bernart se'n issi
  11. Le Fou sur le pont : Lonc temps ac gran joia d'ella
  12. Le Fou sur le pont : Bernartz de Ventador
  13. Le Fou sur le pont : Puois s'en penset
  14. Le Fou sur le pont : E apelava la Bernart
  15. Le Fou sur le pont : Et partic se de Normandia
  16. Le Fou sur le pont : Amics Bernart de Ventadorn
  17. "Le Fou sur le pont : E lai, a l'orden de Dalon"

Disc: 3

  1. "Anon : ""Audi tellus"""
  2. "Anon : ""Clara sonent organa"""
  3. "Gaucelm Faidit : ""Ar levatz sus, francha corteza gens!"""
  4. "Anon : Planctus Beate Marie : ""Tantost com fon al loc vengutz"" [extract]"
  5. "Anon : ""Vexilla regis"""
  6. "Jaufré Rudel : ""Del quatre caps que a la cros"""
  7. "Anon : ""Verbum Patris humanatur"""
  8. "Peire Vidal : ""D'un sirventes far"""
  9. "Alfonso X of Castille / Arr Anon : Cantigas de Santa Maria : No.45 ""Una ciutatz fo"""
  10. "Anon : Planctus Beate Marie : ""Dona, Maire del salvador"" [extract]"
  11. "Anon : ""Flore vernans gratie"""
  12. "Alfonso X of Castille : Cantigas de Santa Maria : No.45 ""En bon ponto"""
  13. "Anon : ""Gregis pastor Tityrus"""

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Although this recording is very good plenty of other recordings are available in which Troubadour singing is better performed. Just search around and read the reviews on these other recordings. and you will soon find a better one.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95ae69c0) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x95aef720) out of 5 stars "Magic, Mystery.... 23 Nov. 2011
By Y.P. - Published on Amazon.com
... or Minstrel according to taste" would have been "string expert" Nettiw Drawde's description of "M-theory" of the troubadour music.(*1) Here is some information which I hope will be useful to a prospective buyer.

1. The contents. This box set includes 3 previously released CDs:

Lo Gai Saber / Troubadour Music
Le Fou Sur Le Pont / Troubadour Songs
Provence Mystique: Sacred Songs of the Middle Ages

The first CD contains a selection of songs from some of the major troubadours (e.g. Bertrand de Born, Gaucelm Faidit, Peire Vidal and Ventadorn). The second CD is on the music by one of the most famous troubadours, Bernard de Ventadorn (or Bernatz de Ventadorn in Occitan), whose performing career ranges from circa 1147 to 1170-80. His music is interspersed with readings of his biography. While the main theme in the first two CDs is about the worldly love, both its joy and its sorrows, the third CD is about troubadours' religious yearning (not often recorded) together with some church-related works of Aquitaine area.

I have owned and loved CDs 1 & 3 for a few years, but hadn't been able to locate a good copy of CD 2 at a reasonable price. So when I chanced upon this reissue box, I ordered it immediately. Now, listening to all 3 as a "cycle", even a non-expert like myself can discover some new connections, and find new understanding and enjoyment of these songs.

2. The performance. The performance of troubadour works has always been about the judicious combination of scholarship and performers' instinct. Here Joel Cohen, the director of Camerata Mediterranea, is joined by the renowned scholar Pierre Bec.(*2) The third CD is directed by Anne Azéma, a soprano specializing in early music. She is also the main vocalist in this collection. In addition, François Harismendy, an opera singer, and Jean-Luc Madier, a folksinger, both perform in the first 2 CDs.

Joel Cohen explains his choice of the singers by the following assumption/fact: the poetry is the driving force of this repertoire. Hence, his main criteria are the performer's instinct and his/her living connection with the modern Occitan. Prior experience in medieval music per se is only of secondary importance. All of his three singers heard Occitan (Langue d'oc) as children and have internalized the music of the modern dialects. Even though I know nothing about the langue d'oc, I was mesmerized by the natural flows and inflections of the poetry and music simply by following the English translation of the text.

Anne Azéma possesses a flexible instrument: She can be earthy in one song and pure in the next, gentle in one and powerful in another. Sometimes, the music is sung a cappella, but for most part voice is accompanied by sparse yet sensitive and expressive "soft" strings, mostly medieval fiddle and harp. Azéma's seraphic voice is tightly matched by Camerata's expressive accompaniment. Together, they wring every ounce of the melancholy and joy out of the poem and the music. These are remarkable performances throughout the 3-CD series with high points in CDs 1 and 2 IMHO.

3. Technical aspects: The recorded sound is clear and life-like. There is a new booklet note by Cohen himself in the box in English, French and German. The original CD notes and sung texts are downloadable from Warner Classics' website, with links given in the booklet.

One may ask: Why is troubadours' art relevant to those of us living in a time more than eight centuries later? To answer this question, I can do no better than quoting from Joel Cohen's own new booklet note:

"... these songs of worldly love, and of yearning for divine, create a dense, intense microcosm of Mediterranean passion and desire: a universe that still calls to us strongly, across the centuries the feudal castle of Ventadorn stands today in ruins; but the troubadours' world continue to live!"

Anyone who is interested in the troubadour repertoire should not miss these exquisite performances, esp. at this budget price.

Highly recommended.

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(*1) Edward Witten "Magic, Mystery, and Matrix", Notices of the AMS, Vol. 45, No. 9. (Note: AMS here does not stand for American Musicological Society!)
(*2) Pierre Bec also writes supplemental notes for some of Sequentia's recordings, and that's where I first learn about him. See e.g. the notes in Trouveres:Hofische Liebeslieder Aus Nord.
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HASH(0x97a5bc24) out of 5 stars Informative collection 2 Feb. 2013
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The three discs in this collection give a very comprehensive view of the poetry and music that is at the heart of the beginning of the poetic tradition of the Occident. Beautifully executed, I recommend this set for anyone who is curious about the Troubadour tradition and the origins of the western poetic tradition.
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