The Gentle Physician

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The Gentle Physician
The Orlando Consort

[ Hyperion / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 September 2018

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The 'gentle physician' ('dous mire') is Hope, invoked by Machaut as a consolation for the sufferings-and all-too occasional joys-of medieval courtly love, a world with which the 'Orlandos' are persuasively familiar.

"The centrepiece of this disc is Le lay de confort, a setting of the longest, a setting of the longest of the poetic forms available to Machaut…The Orlandos show remarkable staying power here, given the decision throughout to project the music and text 'loud and clear', as Machaut might have put it. As this recital progresses one is struck yet again with the sheer consistency of Machaut's art." - Gramophone


1 De Fortune 3vv [4'58]
2 De bonté, de valour [3'58]
3 J'aim miex languir [4'09]
4 Quant ma dame [3'21]
5 Helas ! et comment aroie [5'22]
6 Maugré mon cuer / De ma dolour /
Quia amore langueo [2'27]
7 Je vivroie liement [2'48]
8 Dame, comment qu'amez [7'40]
9 S'onques dolereusement 'Le lay de confort' [23'04]
10 De Fortune 4vv [1'47]