Codex Chantilly, XIVe century
Imagine a garden where streams and foutians murmur, where day and night coexist, as do body and soul, here one gathers exquisite frutis, at times bitter, at other times fatal. Here, charming nightingales and inelegant cickoos warble along with the phoenix… this is the amourous orchard where one loses oneself in pleasur and suffering. An evocation of a dual nature, real and ideal, which reveals the most sublime, the most secret thoughts of the poet-musicians, skilled at handling allegories and capable of depictin a world within a world and doing so infinitely.
Although the courtly tradition inherited from the troubadours is still evident, this music is contemporary with the emergence of the notion of the Individual, as attest the portraits an seals. Autobiographical elements are increasing, and real loves, real torments riste to the surface in these textes. May you enjoy this stroll through the orchards of love.
A manuscript that is puzzling both in its provenace and its destination, one that conceals musical and poetic riddles within it and a is therefore a perfect illustration of the Ars Subtilior: the Codex Chantilly, MS. 564, in the library of the Château de Chantilly, is one of the richest collections of French music of the late Middle Ages. Perfectly preserved, it provides clear proof of the imagination and the virtuosity of the musicians who were exploring the boundaries of a system of musical notation that had only recently been established.
Musical Direction: Laurence Brisset
Singers: Laurence Brisset, Florence Limon, Estelle Nadau, Caroline Tarrit, Léna Orye
Harp: Angélique Mauillon
Organetto: Guillermo Pérez
Chantilly manuscript – 14th century ÆON,
Recording, editing and production:
Recording made at the Eglise Notre-Dame de Centeilles à Siran
ÆON 2010, distribué par Harmonia-Mundi
1 CD – 16 tracks
Interprète : Ensemble De Caelis
Release : 2010
EAN CD :