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06. Love songs of Guillaume de Machaut: The Orlando Consort

10 October 2020, 22:00 - 23:00

The medieval French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut was one of the most important artistic figures of the 14th century, and his love songs bear comparison with their counterparts in the romantic song literature. Bringing us full circle to the period of music Brahms might well have encountered in the concerts of Amalie Joachim (see today’s study events), we could ask for no better exponents of this repertoire than the Orlando Consort, whose complete recordings of the works of Machaut on Hyperion Records have received great acclaim. These four singers reveal one of Machaut’s great works, Le voir dit, in the second of today’s concerts at Broughton Castle, by kind invitation of Martin and Pauline Fiennes. We now move to the 14th-century Great Hall, the heart of the original building.

'Hauntingly and mellifluously sung by the Orlando Consort, this music still sounds as flavoursome as it must have done 650 years ago' (The Daily Telegraph).

This concert will be streamed completely live from Broughton Castle. Shortly afterwards, it will also be available to watch again (using the same ticket and link) until 1 November 2020. Click here for further information on how tickets will work this year.


Watch the members of the Orlando Consort explain why they are captivated by the songs of the great 14th century composer and poet Guillaume de Machaut. His genius for creating enchanting melodies, beguiling harmonies and sophisticated word-setting, and his achievement in arguably writing the first ever song-cycle, mark him out as someone who was truly ahead of his time. By about 400 years!

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The Orlando Consort

The Orlando Consort

Vocal consort

Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Network of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort rapidly achieved a reputation as one of Europe’s most expert and consistently challenging groups performing repertoire from the years 1050 to 1550. Their work successfully combines captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight; the unique imagination and originality of their programming together with their superb vocal skills has marked the Consort out as the outstanding leaders of their field. The Consort has performed at many of Britain’s to... Read Full Biography

This event is part of a series:

Connections Across Time - A Brief History of Song

Over a packed eight days, world-class artists including Benjamin Appl, Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams will present some 40 concerts and events, from venues across Oxford and completely live. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to enjoy these concerts live-streamed in the highest quality. We’ll be exploring every possible advantage of this temporary ...

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