10 Jan 2021

Machaut: The lion of nobility

Machaut The Lion of Nobility
The Orlando Consort
Hyperion CDA68318

The Orlando Consort’s latest album in their Machaut/Hyperion project features works from his ‘Prologue’, a fictional autobiography beginning his complete works manuscript. The selection features several famous works well-known from previous recordings, and illustrates—in the words of editors Anne Stone and Jacques Boogaart—‘the whole spectrum of Machaut’s poetic and musical art’[…]. As ever, the performing editions used here are from the forthcoming Complete Works of Guillaume de Machaut and just this Autumn The American Musicological Society awarded their prestigious Noah Greenberg Award to this Machaut project.

[...] Also of note is the solo voiced ballade Dame, se vous m’estes lonteinne (Lady, if you are distant from me) with its familiar theme of unobtainable longing which offers a moving moment of repose, beautifully sung by Matthew Venner whose mellow countertenor tone infuses this album with warmth. Another wonderful and fascinating instalment in this impressive series.

To read the full text of this article please visit www.gramophone.co.uk (Jan 2021)

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