The Orlando Consort
"Forward to the Past""
Wednesday, February 12, 8:00 PM
Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Centre of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort is one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles. Combining captivating entertainment with fresh scholarly insight, their unique imagination, originality of programming, and superb vocal skills have marked them as one of the premier vocal ensembles in early music today.
The Orlando Consort has performed all over the world and has been featured at the Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, and the Boston Early Music Festival. It has recently begun a long-term project to record the complete polyphonic songs of Guillaume de Machaut for Hyperion Records.
Join the Orlando Consort as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The first half of the program is the music contained in Machaut's long narrative poem, Le Voir Dit, written between 1363 and 1365. It tells the ‘true story’ of Machaut’s relationship with one Peronne. The work takes the form of lyrics and letters exchanged between the two of them, interspersed with chansons.
The Orlando Consort, Josquin: In te, Domine, Speravi
The Orlando Consort, Josquin: O bone et dulcis Domine Jesus
The Orlando Consort discusses Machaut and his Music
25 years of The Orlando Consort
"A Love Affair That Burned for Centuries, at Least in Song: Orlando Consort Presents Program of Machaut," — New York Times Concert Review, November 17, 2013
Review of the Orlando Consort at Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel — Medieval Song Network
“Moving and luminous.” — The New York Times
“The Orlando Consort’s performances are staggeringly beautiful.” — The Times (London)
“The work of the Consort is equally remarkable for scholarship and imagination, and the skill and communicative immediacy it brings to the task of performance which lies in the present.” — The Boston Globe
“The sheer skill of the Orlando Consort leaves one speechless: everything is immaculately tuned, balanced and phrased; absolutely nothing seems to impede the flow of the music.” — Gramophone Magazine
“The four voices of the Orlando Consort are Medieval and Renaissance music’s equivalent of a fine string quartet.” — The Sunday Times (London)