giovedì 15 luglio 2010

W.Boyce - Solomon

31 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 111Mb

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In 1743 William Boyce wrote music for the play 'Solomon' by Edward Moore. The work was frequently performed, but being judged mildly rude*, was seldom performed after about 1800. One song however, 'Softly Rise, O Southern Breeze' remained popular for another fifty years. In 1762, after a performance of Solomom, the music critic John Potter wrote "......a fine piece of composition! It has a number of beautiful strokes of genius, it is fine, it is elegant and delicate the airs in it, how charming the melody! Can anything be more so? Really it is almost impossible."

She - Bronwen Mills, soprano,
He - Howard Crook, tenor

The Parley of Instruments
Choir & Orchestra
dir. Roy Goodman

* I wanted to understand what a "mildly rude" work was like by XVIII century standards so I searched for Moore text. I found it at the University of Virgina Library along with some other intesting works (Mainly poems & fables) . Or you can download it here (26Kb) in RTF format.

lunedì 12 luglio 2010

Guillaume IX - Las Cansos del Coms de Peitieus

13 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 95Mb

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The work of Duke Guillaume IX d'Aquitaine (1071-1127) represents the earliest known examples of Provençal poetry and music. Because of the often-explicit subject matter of his poems and his notorious, sexually indulgent lifestyle, when he died nearly all of his output was either destroyed or suppressed: only these 11 poems and a single notated line of music set to the first line of "Pos de chanter m'es pres talens" (Since I want to sing) survives. Accompanying himself on viele à archet (bowed medieval viol), vocalist Brice Duisit's aim here is to offer for the first time informed restorations of these songs, a task even he admits is virtually impossible since no musicological models from this period exist. Nonetheless, Duisit is clearly passionate in his mission and the results are often quite moving.
--John Greene,


  1. Companhon farai un vers qu'er convinen
  2. Companho tant ai agut d'avols conres
  3. Brice Duisit - Instrumental interlude
  4. Ben vuelh que sapchan li plusor
  5. Companho non puosc mudar qu'eo non m'effrei
  6. Pus vezem de novelh florir
  7. Mout jauzens me prec en amar
  8. Farai un vers de dreyt nien
  9. Farai chansoneta nueva
  10. Ab la dolchor del temps nouvel
  11. Farai un vers pos mi soneilh
  12. Pos de chantar m'es pres talens
  13. Brice Duisit - Instrumental postlude

Brice Duisit, chant & vièle à archet