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Guillaume de Machaut: Motets - David Gould (counter tenor); David James (counter tenor); Gordon Jones (baritone); Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor); Steven Harrold (tenor); The Hilliard Ensemble; The Hilliard Ensemble
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  1. Tous corps/De souspirant cuer/Suspiro, motet for 3 voices
  2. He, Mors, com tu es hae/Fine Amour, quie me vint navrer/Quare non sum mortuus, motet for 3 voices
  3. De bon espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi, motet for 3 voices
  4. Aucune gent/Qui plus aimme/Fiat voluntas tua, motet for 4 voices
  5. J'ay tant mon coeur/Lasse! Je suis en aventure/Ego moriar pro te, motet for 3 voices
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  1. Tous corps/De souspirant cuer/Suspiro, motet for 3 voices
  2. He, Mors, com tu es hae/Fine Amour, quie me vint navrer/Quare non sum mortuus, motet for 3 voices
  3. De bon espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi, motet for 3 voices
  4. Aucune gent/Qui plus aimme/Fiat voluntas tua, motet for 4 voices
  5. J'ay tant mon coeur/Lasse! Je suis en aventure/Ego moriar pro te, motet for 3 voices
  6. Qui es promesses de Fortune/Ha, Fortune! trop suis mis loing/Et non est qui adjuvet, motet for 3 voices
  7. Fons tocius superbie/O livoris feritas/Fera pessima, motet for 3 voices
  8. Hareu, hareu, le feu/Helas, ou sera/Obediens usque ad mortem, motet for 3 voice parts
  9. Dame, je sui cilz/Fins cuers doulz/(tenor), motet for 3 voices
  10. Tant doucement m'ont attrait/Eins que ma dame/Ruina, motet for 3 voices
  11. Amours qui ha le povoir/Faus samblant/Vidi dominum, motet for 3 voices
  12. Lasse! comment oublieray/Se j'aim mon loyal/Pour quoy me bat mes maris?, motet for 3 voices
  13. Bone pastor Guillerme/Bone pastor qui pastores/(tenor), motet for 3 voices
  14. Martyrum gemma latria/Diligenter inquiramus/A Christo honoratus, motet for 3 voices
  15. Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree/Je ne sui mie, motet for 3 voices
  16. Christe que lux es/Veni Creator Spiritus/Tribulatio proxima est, motet for 4 voices
  17. Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge, motet for 4 voices
  18. Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix/Ad te suspiramus, motet for 4 voices
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The motets of Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377) are complicated works. Even casual listeners will notice that each of the three lines of music has its own text -- one rapid and wordy, one moderate in speed, and one just a few words long. Musically they contain structural intricacies to which scholars devote pleasant lifetimes of research in old French libraries. Yet the interpretation of even music as arcane as this depends on the spirit of the age. Rationalists of earlier decades performed Machaut with rather harsh ...