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Ambrosian Chants For Epiphany

Schola Hungarica
Release Date: 05/04/2010 
Label:  Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog #: 914046   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousFranchino Gaffurio
Performer:  István CsuthyZsolt UnterwegerGyörgy Merczel
Conductor:  László DobszayJanka Szendrei
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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AMBROSIAN CHANTS FOR EPIPHANY & Janka Szendrei, László Dobszay (voc) BUDAPEST MUSIC CENTER 165 (63:11 Text and Translation)


& GAFFURIO Epiphany Mass


This disc, which followed Delectamentum ( Fanfare 33:3) in the Schola’s program, was not Read more sent for review, but there are several reasons for hearing it now. László Dobszay, the founder of the schola in 1970, passed away after a long illness in August 2011 during the meeting of Cantus Planus (a study group that he was instrumental in leading since 1984). He had also completed some recordings the year after this one, one of which has already appeared. This disc is an interesting example of non-Gregorian chant; the Milanese rite (often called Ambrosian chant) has been represented on disc since the shellac era, while Old Roman, Hispanic (often called Mozarabic chant), and Beneventan rites have rarely been represented on disc even on LP, though more generously now in the CD era. These four rites, omitted from the database of A Gregorian Chant Discography (1990), are included in the database of the website chantdiscography.com, where the complete chants of each rite can be accessed very readily by searching MIL, ROM, HISP, or BEN.


Milanese chants for the feast of Epiphany (January 6) are sung on three CDs. This one has Mass and Vespers in chant with an early 16th-century polyphonic Ordinary by Franchino Gaffurio (1451-1522), a maestro at the Milan cathedral who is better known as a theorist. A more complete traversal of the Mass is heard on a Dutch Vanguard CD under Jan Boogaarts. In a different approach, Gabriel Maria Steinschulte recorded an Epiphany Mass with his Cologne schola using the complete Gregorian settings, inserting nine Milanese chants in the corresponding places along the way. This was a concert performance, the combination of two rites marking the fact that important relics of the Three Kings (as the wise men of Epiphany are often known) are preserved at both Cologne and Milan cathedrals. Angel perversely reissued this EMI disc without any of the Milanese chants. There are, of course, many recordings devoted to the Gregorian chants of this feast, including a Hungaroton disc with this schola.


While some may prefer the Dutch singers under Boogaarts for a traversal of the complete Mass, including three Scripture readings, the preface, and the Pater noster, Dobszay’s inclusion of the little-known Gaffurio Mass, a work that earns faint praise as “decently written...interesting to hear,” and the addition of Vespers chants (and a Benedictus antiphon) make his program more varied. The booklet identifies two chants as psalmellus (correctly, psallenda), an easy mistake to make, given the similar abbreviations used in the modern edition. Dobszay’s schola is more distinctive than the student schola of Amsterdam, since it uses men, women, and children in alternation, rushing headlong through the chants in the charming way that many listeners are fond of. The Milanese rite, the first of these rites to be heard on records (on Cetra in 1935), is still the leading non-Gregorian rite, and this disc is a good example of the chant.


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Works on This Recording

1. Ingressa by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2. Psalmellus by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Hallelujah (Puer natus est) by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4. Work(s): Antiphona ante Evangelium by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
5. Evangelium by Anonymous
Performer:  István Csuthy (Voice), Zsolt Unterweger (Voice)
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6. Antiphonae post Evangelium by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
7. Offertorium by Anonymous
Conductor:  Janka Szendrei
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8. Work(s): Confractorium by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9. Work(s): Transitorium by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
10. Lucernarium by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
11. Work(s): Hymnus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Janka Szendrei
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12. Work(s): Responsorium cum infantibus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Janka Szendrei
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
13. Work(s): Antiphona cum psalmo by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
14. Antiphona ad Magnificat by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15. Oratio by Anonymous
Performer:  György Merczel (Voice)
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
16. Work(s): Responsorium in baptisterio by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
17. Work(s): Antiphona ad Benedictus by Anonymous
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18. Mass: Gloria by Franchino Gaffurio
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
19. Mass: Credo by Franchino Gaffurio
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
20. Mass: Sanctus by Franchino Gaffurio
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
21. Mass: Agnus by Franchino Gaffurio
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
22. Mass: Kyrie by Franchino Gaffurio
Conductor:  László Dobszay
Date of Recording: 06/2008 
Venue:  Franciscan Church of Sümeg 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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