de Vitry: motets & chansons

Philippe de Vitry 1291-1361
Mottetten und Lieder - Motets & Chansons
Sequentia - Benjamin Bagby & Barbara Thornton, dirs.
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) RD 77095 QA [CD]
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (BMG) "Splendeurs" 82876 68351 2 [CD]

Contents:

  1. Motet: O canenda vulgo per compita / Rex quem metrorum / Rex regnum (4 voices)
  2. Descort: Je qui paoir seule ai de conforter (voice & fiddle)
  3. Motet: Colla iugo subdere / Bona condit cetera / Libera me, Domine (3 voices)
  4. Motet: Firmissime fidem teneamus / Adesto, sancta Trinitas / Alleluya, Benedictus (3 voices)
  5. Motet: Cum statua Nabucodonasor / Hugo, Hugo princeps invidie / Magister invidie (3 voices)
  6. Firmissime fidem teneamus (organ)
  7. Motet: Impudenter circumivi / Virtutibus laudabilis (4 voices)
  8. Chanson: Ay, amours! tant me dure (voice, fiddle)
  9. Motet: Garrit Gallus flendo dolorose / In nova fert animus (3 voices)
  10. Virelai: Providence la senée (voice, fiddle)
  11. Motet: Floret cum vana gloria / Florens vigor ulciscendo (3 voices)
  12. Motet: Aman novi probatur exitu / Heu, Fortuna subdola / Heu me, tristis est anima (3 voices)
  13. Motet: Petre Clemens, tam re quam nimine / Lugentium siccentur occuli plaudant senes (3 voices, organ)
  14. Lai: Talant j'ai que d'obeir (voice, fiddle)
  15. Motet: Tribum, que non abhorruit / Quoniam secta latronum / Merito hec patimur (3 voices)
  16. Motet: Tuba sacre fidei / In arboris empiro prospere / Libera me, Domine (3 voices)
  17. Tribum, que non abhorruit (organ)
  18. Chanson: Se j'onques a mon vivant (voice)
  19. Motet: Douce playsance est d'amer loyament / Garison selon nature (3 voices)
  20. Motet: Vos quid admiramini, virgines / Gratissima virginis species / Gaude gloriosa (4 voices)

Sources:
[1]-[6], [8]-[16], [18]-[20] Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, f. fr. 148: Le Roman de Fauvel
[7], [17] London, British Museum, add. 28550

Performers:
Sequentia, Ensemble für Musik des Mittelalters
Benjamin Bagby (voice), Barbara Thornton (voice)
with participation of:
Patricia Neely (fiddle), Edmund Brownless (voice), Michael Collver (voice), David Cordier (voice), Stephen Grant (voice, organ), Eric Mentzel (voice)
Benjamin Bagby & Barbara Thornton, dirs.

Playing time: 68'

Recording site and date:
Seewen, Switzwerland [3-4/1988];
rel.: 1990 (77095), 2005 (68351)

Excerpts:
[13], [15], [20] RCA "Red Seals" 82876 60986 2 [CDx4] Trésors - Moyen-Âge

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 15/2- (November / December 1991)

This disc provides a fine overview to the music of de Vitry's time. Only a handful of these compositions are authenticated as his, but it is believed that he wrote many more.

Other information on individual performances was provided by Florian Chevallot.

Other recordings featuring De Vitry:

Philippe de Vitry and the Ars Nova
Orlando Consort
Amon Ra 49
Anges ou démons
Ensemble Amadis
DBA Productions 01/09204

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Todd M. McComb