Sollazzo Ensemble: Contenance angloise

May 1, 2019, 10:00 pm

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Sollazzo Ensemble (Photo: Martin Chiang)

The Pan-European Sollazzo Ensemble, winners of the 2015 York Early Music Competition, brings its vivid style of performance to intimate and profound music that still speaks to us through the centuries. The program presents a fascinating example of a 15th century English cultural export: the so-called contenance angloise or English manner. This distinctive style of polyphony, developed in fifteenth-century England, took Europe by storm, revolutionizing musical techniques and taste. Initiated by John Dunstaple and Walter Frye, this English style was adopted by composers such as Dufay and Binchois and introduced to the Burgundian Court, the epicentre of musical innovation at that time.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert October 26, 2018 in St. George’s Church, Brighton, England. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream from May 2 through May 31. A blue “Listen” button will appear below when the stream is available.


Helas l’avoy je desservi Tousdis vous voit
Tousdis vous voit

John Dunstaple (ca 1390-1453)
Speciosa facta es

Johannes Tinctoris (ca 1435-1511)
Tout a par moy (instrumental)

Walter Frye (fl. ca 1450-75)
Ave Regina (instrumental)
Sospitati dedit

Gilles Binchois (ca 1400-1460)
Triste Plaisir

Souvent je m’esbat

Gilles Mureau (ca 1450-1512)
Je ne fays plus, je ne dys ne escrips

Pierre Fontaine (ca 1390-95-ca 1447)
Sans faire de vous departie

Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474)
Lamentatio Sanctae Matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae

Mon cuer s’en rit de fortune
Parle qui veut

Johannes Ockeghem (ca 1410-1497)
Dung aultre amer

La bonne et belle
Escu dennui
Henri phlippet

Loyset Compère (ca 1445-1518
Le grant désir me tient

Sollazzo Ensemble
Anna Danilevskaia: director, vielle; Perrine Devillers, soprano; Vivien Simon, tenor; Vincent Kibildis, harp; Sophia Danilevskaia, vielle