The troubadour and trobairitz (female troubadour) tunes of the high middle ages in the new interpretations of the last decade or two offer pleasantly refreshing sounds, genuine newness, in this era of canned, bombastic, callous noise. Clear, direct, graceful voices, not banged around by ruthless rhythms and the tyranny of compulsive percussion, instead celebrate the aches, pangs, melancholies, mercies, of affections and desires unrequited, passions unfulfilled or too restrained by necessity, consummations deferred, or gone awry, the merry play and complex but refined torments of lust and love both within and against the hierarchies of society and metaphysics . . .
The Duo Trobairitz are Faye Newton, soprano, and Hazel Brooks on the vielle or medieval violin. They bring a splendid balance, a Goldilocks-preferred middle of not too hot and not too cold, of restraint and spontaneity, elevated and down to earth.