Antoine Busnoys (1430-1492) ranks among the most avant-garde and prescient composers of his time; a proto-Renaissance composer who is nonetheless firmly grounded in the courtly love tradition ofthe provencal troubadours.
For the Love of Jaqueline tracks the highs and lows of a real medieval romance through Busnoys’ sumptuous music and poetry, with new arrangements by Asteria directly from a 15th century song book found in Dijon, France (Dij MS 517) and recorded at the 14th century Burgundian palace of Germolles.
The chansons on Asteria’s third album are all gathered from one extraordinary manuscript, the celebrated Oxford 213 manuscript currently housed at the Bodleian Library in England. Aside from being the largest collection of 15th century chansons by known composers like Dufay and Binchois, it contains a great number of anonymous works from the earliest period ofthethe 15th century. Asteria chose to focus on this exquisite body of little-known works for Un tres doulx regard, and many of these songs have never before been recorded before.
Just like the shy lover who is knocked off his feet by the merest glance from the object of his affections, the music ofthe first generation of Burgundian composers at the end ofthe ars nova is infused with the sweetness and explosive passion of new love. “Un tres doulx regard” – A most sweet glance – is the result of extensive archival research into this little-known period, dating roughly from 1390 to 1420, just before the meteoric rise (and subsequent fall) of Burgundian power and influence that would briefly propel Franco/Flemish art and music to the very apex of European fashion.
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[hifilofi] 01-Pour lamour de ma doulce amye (Dufay) (3:09)
[hifilofi] 02-Ce jour de lan voudray joye mener (Dufay) (2:02)
[hifilofi] 03-Dame donnour et de tous biens garnye (anon) (1:41)
[hifilofi] 04-La doulce flour qui de moy honnouree (anon) (3:18)
[hifilofi] 05-Tristre dolent plain de pensee – lute (anon) (1:33)
[hifilofi] 06-Entre vos nouviaux maries (le Grant) (1:33)
[hifilofi] 07-Puis que je suy amoureux (anon) (3:08)
[hifilofi] 08-Puisque je nay plus de maystresse (Vide) (2:15)
[hifilofi] 09-Pour deleissier tristresse et joye avoir (anon) (3:10)
[hifilofi] 10-Pleysir soulas desduit et joye (anon) (2:30)
[hifilofi] 11-Se liesse est de ma partie (le Grant) (3:56)
[hifilofi] 12-Pour tant se jay le barbe grise (anon) (2:52)
[hifilofi] 13-Tant plus vos voy tant plus me sembles belle – lute (anon) (2:03)
[hifilofi] 14-De plus en plus se renouvelle (Binchois) (3:41)
[hifilofi] 15-Dones confort a vostre amy (anon) (2:20)
[hifilofi] 16-Mon povre cuer na que tristresse (anon) (3:52)
[hifilofi] 17-Veuillies hoster de che dangier (anon) (2:30)
[hifilofi] 18-Layssies moy coy je vous en prye (le Grant) (3:59)
[hifilofi] 19-Mon plus haut bien (anon) (4:15)
[hifilofi] 20-Pour mesdisans ne pour leur faulx parler (anon) (4:45)
[hifilofi] 21-Amours venes mon cuer reconforter – lute (anon) (2:12)
[hifilofi] 22-Cuer triste et mas sans solace et sans joye (anon) (2:16)
TheNew York Times describes their music as “meltingly beautiful,” and this highly anticipated release from Sylvia Rhyne and Eric Redlinger, aka Asteria, reveals the full, quiet power and scope of their intimate performance style. Eighteen tracks explore the symbolism ofthe close ofthe medieval period in Europe, and a bonus track gives a preview of their upcoming album of early 16th century Parisian chansons. Full liner notes and fourteen scores from the album included with download.
How can a voice be so rich and pure at the same time? Sylvia Rhyne’s voice is full-bodied yet pristine, and together with Eric Redlinger, she makes medieval music fresh and relevant by emphasizing its emotional immediacy and themes of love. Le Souvenir De Vous Me Tue emphasizes the lush beauty of music from this era as well as the expressiveness ofthe texts, and features music from the court of Phillip the Good—a French duke known for his passionate patronage ofthe arts and chivalrous world-view.
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[hifilofi] 01-Quant La Doulce Jouvencelle (anon from Oxford Can Misc 213) (3:51)
[hifilofi] 02-Vive Ma Dame (Robert Morton) (4:56)
[hifilofi] 03-Vas t’ent souspir (Estienne Grossin) (1:19)
[hifilofi] 04-le Souvenir de Vous Me Tue (lute) (Robert Morton) (1:23)
[hifilofi] 05-Le Souvenir De Vous Me Tue (Robert Morton) (3:30)
[hifilofi] 06-Hora Cridar Oyme (anon from the Mellon Chansonier) (2:09)
[hifilofi] 07-Humble Pitie (anon from Oxford Can Misc 213) (1:57)
[hifilofi] 08-Dona Gentile (lute) (Guillaume Dufay) (1:24)
[hifilofi] 09-Se La Face Ay Pale (Guillaume Dufay) (2:46)
[hifilofi] 10-Pour Prison (Gilles Binchois) (3:27)
[hifilofi] 11-De Los Alamos Vengo Madre (Juan Vasquez) (2:19)
[hifilofi] 12-Adieu Ces Bons Vins De Lannoys (Guillaume Dufay) (4:26)
[hifilofi] 13-Ich Will Zu Land Ausreiten (Johannes Stahl) (3:32)