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Voyage En Italie - Dufay, Etc / La Reverdie


Release Date: 05/21/2009 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 317   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guillaume DufayPrepositus BrixiensisBartholomeus De BononiaBertrandus Ferraguti,   ... 
Performer:  Matteo ZenattiClaudia Pasetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release paints a musical portrait of the young Guillaume Dufay and of the musical world he encountered when he traveled to Italy as a young man. Accordingly, it avoids the famous Dufay pieces such as the Missa Se la face ay pale, the Missa L'homme armé, or the motet Nuper rosarum flores; what you hear here is Dufay's style, which in many respects became the international style for much of the Renaissance era, coming together. The multinational group La Reverdie suggests that one aspect of this style, a freely melodic counterpoint, came from Italian sources, and crucially from the rise of Italian humanism, rather than from the Flemish and British styles usually emphasized in connection with Dufay. The album introduces several Read more composers almost unknown to general listeners: Prepositus Brixiensis, Bartholomeus de Bononia, Bertrandus Ferraguti, and Antonius da Civitate. These composers are from an almost unknown generation following that of the first Flemish-Italian transplant, Johannes Ciconia. The disc is perhaps aimed at specialists, with the notes referring to white and black mensural notation and containing such sentences as this: "The syllable FA is interpreted as a sign of solmisation in soft hexachordum, which signifies B flat in modern terms." (The "soft hexachord" in medieval singing corresponded to the notes F-G-A-B flat-C-D.) But even for general listeners this disc marks a step forward in performing Dufay, who is difficult to put across to modern audiences. What did the dizzying complexity of the isorhythmic motet sound like to the popes who paid big money to bring Dufay across the Alps? What did the simpler music of Italy, beginning to enter into a new and radically organic connection to the text, sound like to Dufay? The spare (the music is accompanied by a small string group), rather ecstatic performances of this young ensemble help the listener to begin grappling with these questions. Notes are in French, Italian, German, and English; so are all work texts, although they are not given in parallel.

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1. Supremum est mortalibus bonum by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Matteo Zenatti (Voice), Claudia Pasetto (Vielle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1433; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. O spirito gentil by Prepositus Brixiensis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Morir desio by Bartholomeus De Bononia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4. Excelsa civitas Vincenia by Bertrandus Ferraguti
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5. Quel fronte signorille by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6. C'est bien raison by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle), Matteo Zenatti (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1433; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7. Belfiore by Anonymous
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Medieval 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8. O felix flos Florentia / Gaude felix Dominice by Antonius de Civitate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9. Vasilissa ergo gaude by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10. O sancte Sebastiane by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Matteo Zenatti (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
11. Exultet celum laudibus by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
12. Imperatrix angelorum by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
13. O proles Yspanie by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Claudia Pasetto (Vielle), Matteo Zenatti (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble La Reverdie
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Supremum est mortalibus
O spirito gentil, tu m'ay percosso
Morir desio
Excelsa civitas Vincencia
Quel fronte signorille in paradiso
C'est bien raison de devoir essaucier
Belfiore
O felix flos Florencia / Gaude felix Dominice
Vasilissa ergo gaude / Concupivit rex: Vasilissa ergo gaude
O sancte Sebastiane / O martyr Sebastiane
Exultet celum laudibus
Mirandas parit hec urbs, "Imperatrix angelorum"
O proles Hispanie / O sidus Hispanie

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