Sunday, May 14, 2017

Épinal, Gautier d'. ( 1205/30-1272) Remembrance. Songs and instrumental works.

New acquisition.
Bought in May 2017.
First listen: 14-5-2017.
Second listen: 30-6-2017.
Third listen: 2-8-2017.
Label: Challenge.
Recording dates: June/July 2006.
Recording venue: Chapelle St. Augustin, Bitche, France.
Recording engineer: Jerôme  Lejeune.
Running time: 63:14.
Relevance to me: Essential.

Composers on this disc.
Gautier d'Épinal.
Colin Muset. (13th century)
Jacques de Cysoing. (Middle of the 13th century)
Jehannot de L'Escurel. (d. 1304)
Gautier de Coincy. (177-1236)

Performed by:
Ensemble Syntagma, Alexandre Danilevski.

Music from the 13th century is not everybody's cup of tea. So sample before you buy. For those that have a great interest in that time and music, do not hesitate, buy!
This ensemble sounds convincing in all they do. They have a air of authority in this performance, fed by an intellectual and well researched history.  Sweetly mellifluous, and with an impressive solemnity in some of the pieces. All the texts deal with love...and some of the words carry a whiff of mystic contemplation. The phrasing is incredibly intimate and the text is always the driving force, even to the extent that you can almost taste the words. Diction is impeccable. Delicate music intimately whispered at times, with a very distinctive beauty. All has an appealing lightness of touch, which makes the music easy to approach. Both vocal and instrumental pieces are well projected, spiced with a particularly divine spiritual expression.
The sound is gorgeous as is the performance.







Salvatore, Giovanni. (c.1610-1688) Works for Harpsichord and Organ, plus a Missa.

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