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Track(s) taken from CDA67549

Par maintes foys

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Catherine Bott (soprano), Pavlo Beznosiuk (fiddle), Mark Levy (fiddle)
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: 2 minutes 49 seconds

Cover artwork: The Meeting on the Turret Stairs by Frederick William Burton (1816-1900)
The National Gallery of Ireland


'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)
And when does a young man’s fancy lightly turn to thoughts of courtly love? Why, in spring, when you ‘cast a clout’ and venture out to enjoy nature, red in tooth and claw. Or beak and claw, in the case of Jehan Vaillant’s Par maintes foys—count the number of birds vying for supremacy of the skies.

from notes by Catherine Bott © 2006

Et quand un jeune homme se prend-il à songer à l’amour courtois? Mais enfin, au printemps, quand on «change de peau» et qu’on part goûter la nature, toutes dents et toutes griffes dehors. Ou, plutôt, tous becs et toutes serres dehors, dans le cas de Par maintes foys de Jehan Vaillant—voyez le nombre d’oiseaux qui se disputent la suprématie des cieux.

extrait des notes rédigées par Catherine Bott © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Und wann wendet sich des jungen Mannes Phantasie besonders gern der Minne zu? Natürlich im Frühling, wenn er „den Mantel abwirft“ und sich in die ungezähmte Natur hinauswagt. Unbezähmbar in Bezug auf Schnabel und Kralle im Falle von Jehan Vaillants Par maintes foys—man beachte die Vielzahl von Vögeln, die um die Vorherrschaft am Himmel streiten.

aus dem Begleittext von Catherine Bott © 2006
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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