WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Dufay, Compere / Andrew Kirkman, Binchois Consort

Dufay / Compere / Kirkman
Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55423   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guillaume DufayLoyset CompèreAnonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


Whether or not the Missa Puisque je vis was in fact written by Guillaume Dufay (a matter of some serious debate), its sublime sonorities and masterfully spun and seamlessly integrated lines are convincing enough, and the eight male voices of the Binchois Consort imbue it with such warm, vibrant sound, allowing its rhythms and phrases their natural-as-breathing flow, that we listeners can be perfectly happy no matter who was its author. We do know that Dufay composed the motet Ave regina celorum, the piece that closes this program, and it is one of the most exquisite works of 15th-century vocal music, the composer's "personal invocation to the Virgin" that he requested "be sung by the
Read more choirboys and three men" at his death. Certainly, anyone who heard this would have been moved by its compelling melodic beauty and the poignancy of the harmonic writing, with its moments of striking major/minor contrasts.


The disc is completed by three motets, two anonymous and the third an interesting work by Loyset Compère. The latter is based on a secular song, but its text is an entreaty to the Virgin, a prayer "for the salvation of those who sing." Several such figures are mentioned by name, including Dufay, Busnois, Ockeghem, and Des Pres, with a final plea for Compère himself. Again, the music's expressive beauty makes a powerful effect, employing varied textures, opulent harmonies, and often lively rhythms. The singing is uniformly excellent, characterized not only by purity of tone and clarity of lines, but by the rich and complex colors produced by the combined voices. Hyperion's sound, from London's renowned All Saints, Tooting church, couldn't be better.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Reviewing original release of this recording, Hyperion 67368 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Puisque je vis" by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 34 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Omnium bonorum Plena by Loyset Compère
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Ave regina celorum by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Concede nobis Domine veniam delictorum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1504 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Salve maris stella, solem paris by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 07/2002 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In