(The) Rose, the Lily and the Whortleberry

A mixed bunch in every sense but with a few lilies among the thorns

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Anonymous, Thomas Crecquillon, Rodrigo de Ceballos, Dominique Phinot, Traditional, Claudin de Sermisy, Jacobus Clemens Non Papa, Elzéar Genet de Carpentras, Francisco Guerrero, Gabriel Mena, Cipriano de Rore, Walter Frye, Jacques Arcadelt, Johannes Lupi, Alexander Agricola, Juan Vasquez, Leonel Power, Antoine Brumel, Trebor, Guillaume de Machaut, Nicolas Gombert

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

Stereo
DDD

Catalogue Number: HMU90 7398

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Dindirin, dindirin Orlando Consort
Anonymous Composer
Des herbes ai assés Thomas Crecquillon Composer
Orlando Consort
Hortus conclusus Rodrigo de Ceballos Composer
Orlando Consort
Ecce tu pulcher es Dominique Phinot Composer
Orlando Consort
Flos regalis Orlando Consort
Traditional Composer
Changeons propos Orlando Consort
Claudin de Sermisy Composer
Hé Marotele Anonymous Composer
Orlando Consort
Au ioly bocquet croist la violette Jacobus Clemens Non Papa Composer
Orlando Consort
An doz mois de mai Anonymous Composer
Orlando Consort
Haec est illa dulcis rosa Orlando Consort
Elzéar Genet de Carpentras Composer
Quasi cedrus Orlando Consort
Francisco Guerrero Composer
Aquella mora garrida Gabriel Mena Composer
Orlando Consort
Madrigals, Book 5 (Il quinto libro de madrigali) Cipriano de Rore Composer
Orlando Consort
Soubz les branches Anonymous Composer
Orlando Consort
Missa, 'Flos Regalis' Walter Frye Composer
Orlando Consort
(I) Vaghi fiori Jacques Arcadelt Composer
Orlando Consort
Vidi speciosam Johannes Lupi Composer
Orlando Consort
Royne des flours Alexander Agricola Composer
Orlando Consort
En la fuente del rosel Orlando Consort
Juan Vasquez Composer
Quam pulchra es Orlando Consort
Leonel Power Composer
Sicut lilium inter spinas Antoine Brumel Composer
Orlando Consort
Passerose de beauté Orlando Consort
Trebor Composer
Rose, liz, printemps, verdure Guillaume de Machaut Composer
Orlando Consort
(O) Flos campi Nicolas Gombert Composer
Orlando Consort
This recital structures a programme ranging though four centuries on a perennial theme, that of gardening (both in its own right and as a metaphor for many things), plants of all sorts and their various properties. Works are grouped into sets following a chronological order; but while this may be effective in concert (the Orlandos have a keen sense of what works live), on CD the stylistic juxtapositions can be a bit sudden. On the other hand, the changes of mood and tone are for the most part well judged, and there are minor masterpieces that would not be easy to programme in another context: the shortest piece here, Brumel’s Sicut lilium, is one of these.

The Orlandos seem more confident as the repertory advances and as the style of text-setting allows words and phrases to be more clearly projected. Chordal settings fare better than convoluted or conflicting counterpoints, which aren’t always as nimble or incisive as they might be (as in the earliest French set); but on this recording it’s mostly the intimate or playful pieces that find them nearer the top of their form (such as the Brumel, the anonymous Soubz les branches and Vasquez’s En la fuente del rosel). Not everything is so confident (the tuning at the start of Sermisy’s Changeons propos is uncertain, for example), but towards the end of the recital, the 16th century ushers in the recital’s most expansive pieces and predominantly five-voice textures (with bass Robert Macdonald); whereupon the tentativeness noted earlier is banished. The booklet is one of the most sumptuous productions I have seen, with many colour pictures and several essays.

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