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Orlando ConsortOrlando Consort

Friday, February 12, 2016, 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Online ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be sold at the BEMF Box Office at First Church in Cambridge starting at 6:30pm.

Guillaume de Machaut: Portrait of a Genius

The Orlando Consort have built a stellar reputation as one of Europe’s most expert and inventive ensembles, whose performances breathe new life into the lyrical vocal music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They return to the BEMF concert stage with a program dedicated to the sensual beauty of 14th-century poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut, a true genius whose brilliant creations influenced Chaucer and countless others. We invite you to bask in these captivating masterpieces of intimate passion and sacred awe.

Pre-Concert Talk at 7pm

“The sheer skill of the Orlando Consort leaves one speechless.”

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The members of the Orlando Consort discuss Guillaume de Machaut.

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Selections from the Orlando Consort's recording of Machaut's Le Voir Dit from Hyperion Records.

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Guillaume de Machaut: Portrait of a Genius
Machaut: Selections from Le Voir Dit
Machaut: Plange, regni respublica
Machaut: S'amour ne fait par sa grace adoucir
Machaut: Ma fin est mon commencement
Machaut: Lasse! Comment oublieray / Se j'aim mon loial amy / Pour quoy me bat
Machaut: Sanz cuer m'en vois
Machaut: Ay mi! Dame de valour
Anonymous: Se je chant
Machaut: Douce dame jolie
Machaut: Rose, liz, printemps, verdure

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Matthew Venner, countertenor; Mark Dobell, tenor; Angus Smith, tenor; Donald Greig, baritone

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 Middle Ages and early Renaissance. Their work successfully combines captivating entertainment and fresh scholarly insight; the unique imagination of their programming together with their superb vocal skills has marked the Consort as among the outstanding leaders of their field. In addition to appearances at many of Britain's top festivals, including the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival, the ensemble tours regularly with appearances throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia. The Consort's discography includes an impressive number of award-winning, critically acclaimed recordings, including two Gramophone Award winners. The Consort currently holds a residency at Nottingham University and recently made their Carnegie Hall début.

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