Chansons D'autrefois & Chemins De Melancolie
Le Poème Harmonique; Dumestre; Brel
Composed by: Various
When considering music of the past, two groups can be distinguished: music descended from oral tradition, and music descended from written tradition. This double-disc explores the hazy boundaries and complex linkages between the two. Vincent Dumestre and his Poème Harmonique explore the sources of the songs, laments and romances of old France, reproducing the pronunciation of the time and combining various early, and sometimes rustic, instruments with the voices. Here we hear songs passed down from generation to generation, some well known, some forgotten.