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Machaut: 'Fortune's Child'

Magazine article Gramophone

Machaut: 'Fortune's Child'

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Machaut 'Fortune's Child' Comment puet on miex ses maus dire. Dame, je vueil endurer. Dame, mon euer enportez. Dame, vostre dous viaire. Douce dame, tant com vivray. Dou mal qui m'a longuement. Dous amis, oy mon complaint. Gais et jolis. Helas! pour qouy virent/Corde mesto/Libera me. He! More!/ Dine Amour/Quare non sum mortuus. Honte, paour, doubtance. Puis que ma dolour agree. Riches d'amour. Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree de valour/Je ne sui mie The Orlando Consort Hyperion (F) CDA68195 (6V * DDD * T/t)

Five volumes in, Hyperion's Machaut series shows no sign of running out of puff. In large part that's due to Machaut's seemingly inexhaustible invention. The first few selections here illustrate this well, the extrovert three-voice Gais et jolis succeeded by the brooding, contorted two-voice Dons amis, oy mon complaint and the dancelike, monophonie Dame je vueil endurer. Bearing in mind how different to our own were prevailing attitudes towards text and music in Machaut's day, the moods of these settings bridge the centuries almost effortlessly; but then the polytextual motet Trop plus est bele reminds us that Machaut was a child of his time, after all. And so it continues, the Orlandos combining in as many groups of one, two and three as possible. …

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