Early 16th-c. Spanish & Flemish songs & motets
Harmonia Mundi USA (HMU 907328)

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For this album, Orlando Consort sings an intriguing collection of music which could have been heard at the historic meeting of Archduke Philip the Fair and representatives of the Catholic hierarchy in 16th Century Spain. The release of The Toledo Summit marks a turning point for the Orlando Consort. It is the last recording featuring tenor Charles Daniels. Together with founding members Robert Harre-Jones, Angus Smith and Donald Greig, Charles Daniels helped create the fascinating programs and the exquisite sound of the Orlando Consort.

"The Toledo Summit (Harmonia Mundi HUM 907328), a brilliantly conceived collection by the Orlando Consort, a crackerjack quartet of male singers. Twenty-on pieces in seventy-five minutes, and-wonder of wonders!-through all that polyphony the ear simply does not tire of listening to this immaculately blended quartet of singers. So well have they mastered vocal color as individuals and as an ensemble that you may fall prey to the illusion that the ensemble is differently constituted from one piece to the next, which it simply is not. If you buy one CD of Renaissance music this year, I would suggest it be this one. It's a treasure trove of great, mostly unfamiliar repertoire and of great chamber-music-singing."
—James Keller, Chamber Music America - April 2004

The Toledo Summit

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What am I listening to?

You are listening to Je suis aussi com cils qui est ravis, a ballade by Guillaume de Machaut for three voices. As Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel puts it in her excellent liner notes for The Single Rose, our most recent recording for Hyperion Records, it is “the song of one depleted by the ravages of love.” “My head is filled with no thoughts …. Save for those of my lady love,” laments the poet-composer. You can hear more on the Hyperion website, read the engaging liner notes, and order or download tracks or the entire album in a number of formats.