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A feast of poetry, song, and visual art animated by a surprisingly Zen-like philosophy, Guillaume de Machaut's Remede de Fortune tells the tale of a woebegone lover who is counseled by Lady Hope on how to be happy and persevere in the face of the ups and downs dished out by Fortune and her Wheel. Machaut was at once the greatest poet and composer of 14th-century Europe, and the Remede is a narrative poem or dit, around 4000 lines long, with interpolated lyrics set to music. This live recording of a concert production of the Remede-a collaboration between two outstanding American ensembles, Blue Heron and Les Délices-includes all seven musical items from the Remede as well as a selection of other motets, songs, and dances, which take the place of the narration, express the emotions and thoughts of the Lover, and convey Hope's teachings in lyric form. Four singers are joined by a delightful ensemble of medieval instruments (recorder, douçaine, fiddle, lute, harp, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion) in performances which are both spirited and deeply informed by the study of historical performance practices. The album booklet contains complete texts and translations, an interspersed synopsis of the story, and numerous full-color reproductions of the pictures that grace the lavishly illustrated first manuscript copy of the Remede, prepared c. 1350 under Machaut's supervision.
A feast of poetry, song, and visual art animated by a surprisingly Zen-like philosophy, Guillaume de Machaut's Remede de Fortune tells the tale of a woebegone lover who is counseled by Lady Hope on how to be happy and persevere in the face of the ups and downs dished out by Fortune and her Wheel. Machaut was at once the greatest poet and composer of 14th-century Europe, and the Remede is a narrative poem or dit, around 4000 lines long, with interpolated lyrics set to music. This live recording of a concert production of the Remede-a collaboration between two outstanding American ensembles, Blue Heron and Les Délices-includes all seven musical items from the Remede as well as a selection of other motets, songs, and dances, which take the place of the narration, express the emotions and thoughts of the Lover, and convey Hope's teachings in lyric form. Four singers are joined by a delightful ensemble of medieval instruments (recorder, douçaine, fiddle, lute, harp, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion) in performances which are both spirited and deeply informed by the study of historical performance practices. The album booklet contains complete texts and translations, an interspersed synopsis of the story, and numerous full-color reproductions of the pictures that grace the lavishly illustrated first manuscript copy of the Remede, prepared c. 1350 under Machaut's supervision.
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Remede De Fortune
Artist: Blue Heron
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1. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Ci Commence Remede De Fortune (Live)
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2. Esperance Qui M'asseure (Live)
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3. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Qui N'aroit Autre Deport (Live)
4. Hareu, Hareu ! - Helas ! Ou Sera Pris Confors - Obediens Usque Ad Mortem (Live)
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5. Gais Et Jolis (Live)
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6. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Tieus Rit Au Main Qui Au Soir Pleure (Live)
7. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Joye, Plaisance, Et Douce Nourreture (Live)
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8. Qui Es Promesses - Ha Fortune - Et Non Est Qui Adjuvet (Live)
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9. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): En Amer A Douce Vie (Live)
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10. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Dame De Qui Toute Ma Joie Vient (Live)
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11. Trop Plus Est Bele - Biauté Parée De Valour - Je Ne Sui Mie Certeins (1) [Live]
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12. Dis Tans Plus Qu'il Ne Faudroit Flours (Arr. D. Nagy For Recorder, Lute & Harp) [Live]
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13. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Dame, A Vous Sans Retollir - Dame, A Vous Sans Retollir [Arr. D. Nagy For Recorder, Lute & Har
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14. Messe De Nostre Dame: Kyrie I (Live)
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15. Ay Mi! Dame De Valour - Dame, Vostre Doulz Viaire (Arr. D. Nagy For Chamber Ensemble) [Live]
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16. Remede De Fortune (Excerpts): Dame, Mon Cuer En Vous Remaint (Live)
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17. Biauté Qui Toutes Autres Pere (Live)
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18. Trop Plus Est Bele - Biauté Parée De Valour - Je Ne Sui Mie Certeins (2) [Live]
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A feast of poetry, song, and visual art animated by a surprisingly Zen-like philosophy, Guillaume de Machaut's Remede de Fortune tells the tale of a woebegone lover who is counseled by Lady Hope on how to be happy and persevere in the face of the ups and downs dished out by Fortune and her Wheel. Machaut was at once the greatest poet and composer of 14th-century Europe, and the Remede is a narrative poem or dit, around 4000 lines long, with interpolated lyrics set to music. This live recording of a concert production of the Remede-a collaboration between two outstanding American ensembles, Blue Heron and Les Délices-includes all seven musical items from the Remede as well as a selection of other motets, songs, and dances, which take the place of the narration, express the emotions and thoughts of the Lover, and convey Hope's teachings in lyric form. Four singers are joined by a delightful ensemble of medieval instruments (recorder, douçaine, fiddle, lute, harp, hurdy-gurdy, and percussion) in performances which are both spirited and deeply informed by the study of historical performance practices. The album booklet contains complete texts and translations, an interspersed synopsis of the story, and numerous full-color reproductions of the pictures that grace the lavishly illustrated first manuscript copy of the Remede, prepared c. 1350 under Machaut's supervision.
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