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Gothic Voices: The Castle of Fair Welcome

Song NameComposer
Le souvenir de vous me tueRobert Morton
Puisque ma damme / Je m'en voyJohannes Regis
Las je ne puis plus nullement durerAnonymous
Que pourroit plusRobert Morton
Myn hertis lustJohannes Bedyngham
Dueil angoisseuxGilles de Binchois
Ne je ne dorsGuillaume Dufay
En amours n'a si non bienAnonymous
La pena sin ser sabidaVincent du Bruecquet
Mi ut re ut (Venise)Anonymous
Plus j'ay le monde regardeRobert Morton
So ys emprintedWalter Frye
Ma dame, trop vous mesprenes?Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy
Pues servicio vos desplazeEnrique

This Gothic Voices offering covers most of the material found in a songbook (a manuscript collection of favoured songs) dating from around AD 1200. It was only rediscovered by chance, the original manuscript having been disassembled for use as flyleaves for another book. Precious little information is given in the sleeve note about the circumstances of that rediscovery, which is a shame, and we read that it can only be guessed that the songbook had its origins within some kind of religious foundation. Just over half the songs are monophonic and most relate to Christian feasts, especially Christmas. But as in many such collections from across the centuries, the fun comes in discovering the more eclectic choices of music for inclusion. Here, for example, there are songs bewailing the sale of ecclesiastical offices, the need to use flattery to get on in life and the prevalence of greed and disrespect for the law, plus a marvellous love song featuring a young man's agonising choice between the charms of "little Flora" and his studies. The tasteful, sensitive Gothic Voices performances are everything we have come to expect.

Item code: 8827C | 1 CD | $13.95 |add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | England

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