Playing time: 45' 59"
Recording site and date: Chapelle de Bayeux, Bayeux, France [04/1997]
Performers: Ensemble Conviviencia [Friedrike Schulz (voice, medieval fiddle), Bernard Revel (voice, lute, guitterne), Pascal Cote (recorder, bagpipe, voice), Jean Tubery (mute cornet, herdman's horn), Sebastien Benoit (bagpipes, voice), Thierry Gomar (percussions)] & École de musique de Bayeux [Marion Lemonnier (voice, crowd), Antoine Lemonnier (Damien Jorer percussions, crowd), choir and crowd: Eric Robinet, Olivier Le Cossec, Gilles Le Cossec, Vincent-Olivier Jean, Guillaume Knæbel, Maureen Branly, Maïssa Musallam, Grégory Hubert, Laurianne Guilbert, Laurence Mauger], also as voice and crowd: Jean Claude Benoit, Marie Benoit, Hylda David, Claude Valente.
Diapason (#-p.): 453-142 (november 1998)
Another recording by the present ensemble:
Comments: Information from owned CD. A folksinger/theatrical approach of a limited interest and rather anemic.Pierre-F. Roberge
The Bayeux Manuscript is a unique source of the period, consisting of one hundred songs which can only be described as folk music. They are thus a glimpse into another layer of French culture during the period, and indeed these same songs take on a "literary" reality when quoted in the next century by Rabelais (5th book of Pantagruel).
Other recordings featuring this material:
Every song in the manuscript is monophonic, although the present performers argue that in some cases there are other parts which have been lost (and consequently reconstructed; tracks #7 & #8 are introduced by similar polyphonic works from the Escorial MS). This argument is made based on form and the particular instantiation of the notation. So the manuscript can perhaps be viewed as somewhat more than a repository of folk tunes, although it is certainly valuable on the latter basis alone. The present recording emphasizes the theatrical basis of many of these songs, although it adopts a more reflective mood in others. Accompaniments are frequently improvised, perhaps more like in trouvère repertory, and different approaches have been taken for these different programs.
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