Performance Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Orlando Consort

Food, Wine & Song

Weill Recital Hall


  • Orlando Consort
    ·· Matthew Venner, Countertenor
    ·· Mark Dobell, Tenor
    ·· Angus Smith, Tenor
    ·· Donald Greig, Baritone


  • ANON. "In paupertatis predio"
  • ANON. "Chançonette" / "Ainc voir" / "A la cheminée" / "Par verité"
  • HALLE "Prenés l’abre" / "Hé resveille toi Robin"
  • MACHAUT "Nes que on porroit"
  • ANON. "Apparuerunt apostolis v. Spiritus Domini"
  • SMERT "Nowell: the borys hede"
  • ANON. "Si quis amat"
  • ANON. "Canto de' cardoni"
  • ISAAC "Donna di dentro" / "Dammene un poco"
  • ANON. "Canto di donne maestre di far cacio"
  • DUFAY "Adieu ces bons vins de Lannoys"
  • COMPÈRE "Un franc archier à la guerre s’en va"
  • COMPÈRE "Sile fragor"
  • ANON. "La plus grant chière"
  • ANON. "La tricotea"
  • J. PONCE "Ave color vini clari"
  • ENCINA "Oy comamos y bebamos"
  • ANON. "Quem tem farelos"
  • GREITER "Von Eyern"
  • SENFL "Von edler Art spiess ich in Bart"
  • ANON. "Trinkt und singt"

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one intermission


  • Orlando Consort

    Matthew Venner, Countertenor
    Mark Dobell, Tenor
    Angus Smith, Tenor
    Donald Greig, Baritone

    Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Centre of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort has achieved a reputation as one of the most expert and consistently challenging groups performing repertoire that spans the years between 1050 and 1600. Working with leading academics on music that has often never been performed in modern times, the ensemble's four singers have set new standards of performance, particularly in regard to the pronunciation and tuning of this fascinating repertoire. Recently, the Consort has also garnered praise for its programming of contemporary music and jazz, as well as for its education projects.

    The group has made many recordings for Saydisc Records, Metronome Recordings, Linn Records, Deutsche Grammophon, and Harmonia Mundi USA. The Mystery of Notre Dame (works by Pérotin and others) was nominated for an Edison Award, while Loyset Compère, 1445-1518, Popes and Antipopes (Papal music from the 14th and 15th centuries), Passiontide (15th-century Flemish Easter music), Missa De plus en plus (works by Ockeghem), The Saracen and the Dove (music for the courts of Padua and Pavia), and Motets by Josquin Desprez have all been shortlisted for Gramophone awards. The Works of John Dunstaple was chosen as the 1996 Gramophone Early Music CD of the Year, an honor repeated in 2003 by The Call of the Phoenix (15th-century English motets). In 2008, the Consort released a recording that paired Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame with Scattered Rhymes, a new work by the British composer Tarik O'Regan; the piece was performed with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Orlando Consort's two CD book collections, Food, Wine, and Song and Medieval Gardens, included critically acclaimed feature articles from leading chefs and horticulturalists, such as Clarissa Dickson Wright, Jean-Christophe Novelli, and Sir Roy Strong.

    Orlando Consort made its debut at the BBC Proms in the 1997 season, and at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1998. Regular performers at London's Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre, the Consort has also sung in festivals in Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Greece, Estonia, France, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. The group has also performed at the Spitalfields, Bury St. Edmunds, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, and Chester festivals; City of London Festival; St. Magnus Festival; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; and the Beverley and York Early Music festivals.

    The work of the Orlando Consort extends well beyond conventional presentation of early music. The quartet frequently performs with high-caliber choirs and collaborates with actors, including Robert Hardy and Prunella Scales. The Consort appear regularly with the Calefax Reed Quintet and in collaboration with the jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants. Orlando Consort has just begun touring with its new project, Mantra, with tabla artist Kuljit Bhamra; the project explores the musical dialogue developed in Portuguese Goa in the early 16th century.
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Compère Sile fragor
Orlando Consort
Harmonia Mundi USA

This performance is part of Early Music in Weill Recital Hall.