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The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederick William Burton (1816-1900)
The National Gallery of Ireland
Track(s) taken from CDA67549
Recording details: April 2001
Angel Studios, Islington, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Catherine Bott & Stephen Henderson
Engineered by Steve Price & Mat Bartram
Release date: January 2006
Total duration: 7 minutes 15 seconds

'The vivid ambience of the recordings, the quality of the chosen compositions, the incisive, animated, full-toned precision of the fiddle playing and performances by Bott make for 62 minutes of pure pleasure … these performances must rank amongst Bott's best (and that's saying something)' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Delectable is just about the right word for this sequence of pieces sung by Catherine Bott, with and without the fiddles of Pavlo Beznosiuk and Mark Levy. … the simplicity and spontaneity of the pared-down and often improvisatory approach enormously enhances the emotional impact of the music, and brings the listener extraordinarily close to the characters whose deepest feelings are being voiced' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The outstanding CD of the month' (Early Music Review)

'This is some of the most elegant singing I have heard and certainly some of the best fiddle playing now available … it is an excellent single-disc anthology of medieval song' (American Record Guide)

'In every respect this CD is an utter delight. The music is charming, the performances infectious, the recording is simply outstanding and the booklet complete with full texts and translations into modern English, is a real pleasure to read … this disc is a source of unreserved pleasure' (International Record Review)

'A sublime survey of music and textual conceits from a remote yet immediately communicative past … soprano and string players wear their classical training lightly, catching the folk flavour of this beguiling repertoire' (Classic FM Magazine)

'We had to wait five years for its release. Believe me, it was worth the wait. Hear this haunting music' (Fanfare, USA)

'Charmingly and effectively done, it is well worth hearing' (Scotland on Sunday)

Can vei la lauzeta mover
composer
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Paul Hillier (baritone), Stephen Stubbs (medieval lute), Lena-Liis Kiesel (portative organ)
Sinfonye, Stevie Wishart (conductor)
Leigh Nixon (tenor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Ah, courtly love—a particularly male emotion this. You worship a pale and beautiful lady of noble birth, but cannot ever hope to make her yours. She is out of your reach and usually married. And round this symbol of unattainability grew a whole genre of music and poetry in the Middle Ages. The troubadours and trouvères of France were the chief exponents of this art form, and very heart-rending it is too, this exquisite marriage of beautiful melody and hopelessness. Far be it from me to point out that putting a woman on a pedestal, declaring her virtue to be beyond price and languishing after her gives said woman absolutely no opportunity, should she fancy it, of actually stepping off her pedestal without incurring your total revulsion. See how quickly Bernart de Ventadorn despairs of the whole sex in his Can vei la lauzeta mover. But it is a beautiful and tragic song.

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2006


Other albums featuring this work
'The Courts of Love – Music from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine' (CDH55186)
The Courts of Love – Music from the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine
MP3 £3.75FLAC £3.75ALAC £3.75Buy by post £5.50 CDH55186  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)   Download currently discounted
'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell' (CDH55273)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55273  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Troubadour Songs & Medieval Lyrics' (CDA66094)
Troubadour Songs & Medieval Lyrics

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