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The anatomy of Man and Woman (Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, Ms65/1284 f14v) by Pol de Limbourg (dc1416)
Musée Condé, Chantilly, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67727
Recording details: July 2012
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2013
Total duration: 21 minutes 2 seconds

'Le Voit Dit is considered the masterpiece of the 14th-century French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. Whether or not it is a 'true' or autobiographically accurate tale, as the title implies, the nine songs embedded in Machaut’s anthology of verse and music speak plaintively and in a personal way of the pains and pleasures of love. Hauntingly and mellifluously sung by the four (but sometimes solo) voices of the Orlando Consort, this music still sounds as flavoursome as it must have done 650 years ago' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Here is a project for which Machaut fans have been waiting for a long time … this is an important and rewarding album that any lover of Medieval music will want to own' (International Record Review)

Longuement me sui tenus 'Le lay de Bon Esperance'
1vv; Lai 13/18
author of text
late 1360s; from Le Voir Dit, VD47

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Longuement me sui tenus (Lai 13/18) illustrates the form of the lai, which Machaut supposedly perfected. The lai, although archaic, continued to be revered in the fourteenth century as the most challenging and virtuosic of the lyric forms; Machaut was apparently amongst the last to set the form to music. These large-scale works were not just a challenge for the poet-composer, but also for the (usually) solitary singer who performs them: stamina, control, and endurance is required to deliver the twenty-four unaccompanied stanzas, as well as expressive powers to engage the audience throughout this technical tour de force.

from notes by Yolanda Plumley © 2013

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