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Dufay: Flos Florum / Ensemble Musica Nova


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 50301   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guillaume DufayAnonymous
Performer:  Marc BusnelChristel BoironThierry PeteauCaroline Magalhaes,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

DUFAY Motets: Salve flos/Vos nunc. Apostolo glorioso/Cum tua doctrina. Ecclesiae militantis/Sanctorum arbitrio. Vassilissa ergo/Concupivit. Balsamus et munda/Isti sunt agni. Nuper rosarum flores/Terribilis est. Cantilena motets: Imperatrix angelorum. Gaude virgo. Inclita stella maris. Juvenis qui puellam. Flos florum. Antiphons: Alma redemptoris mater No. 1. Anima mea liquefacta est. Salve regina. Alma redemptoris mater No. 2 Read more Cantica Symphonia GLOSSA GCD P31902 (77:49 , translation on Web site only)



DUFAY Motets: Salve flos/Vos nunc. Cantilena motets: Flos florum. Imperatrix angelorum. Inclita stella maris. Ave virgo quae de caelis. Gaude virgo. Hymns: Urbs beata. Ave maris stella. Jesu corona virginum. Antiphons: Ave regina caelorum (iii). Anima mea liquefacta est Ens Musica Nova ZIG-ZAG TERRITOIRES ZZT 050301 (56:09 )


There are similarities and differences between these two new discs. The first is titled “Motets, Vol. 1,” but it includes antiphons as well. The second is titled “11 Motets, Hymns, Antiphons,” duplicating six pieces from the first list and adding a chant antiphon Ave regina caelorum and an anonymous Regina saeculi/Reparatrix Maria (mistitled in the contents), nowhere identified or sourced. The first is a more generous collection and includes instruments, while the second is sung a cappella .


A telling indication of the competition between the two discs is their agreement on beginning their programs with the motet in honor of the city of Florence, Salve flos Tuscae gentis , which is included in Paul van Nevel’s collection of the complete isorhythmic motets (24:1) and Helga Weber’s larger collection of all the motets (IHW 3.108). It also led off a collection titled “Music in Florence” (Christophorus CHR 77132) and concluded the Hilliard Ensemble’s Dufay disc, the only other unaccompanied performance (11:2). It was first recorded in the shellac era. While most writers date this work during Dufay’s visit for the dedication of the cathedral (1436), David Fallows places it much later, next to the last two isorhythmic motets ever written. After hearing Cantica Symphonia’s solemn performance, the considerably faster rendition by Ensemble Musica Nova sounds right, though it is the fastest of all versions. This is not, after all, a sacred work but one that celebrates the city of Florence. The other five duplicated pieces are not as different in tempo, but in no case is Musica Nova slower than Cantica Symphonia.


In the end, one might choose between these two fine discs on the basis of instrumental accompaniment vs. a cappella performance. I would not want to discourage anyone from choosing either of these discs, since there are so few alternatives. Both are typical of the best in production and design, and while both offer texts and translations, Glossa directs the user to their Web site to obtain the translations. Dufay aficionados will probably want both discs.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Salve flos Tusce gentis by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Marc Busnel (Bass), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Thierry Peteau (Tenor),
Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Lucien Kandel (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
2.
Urbs beata Jerusalem by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass),
Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1470; Italy 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
3.
Flos florum by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass),
Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
4.
Ave regina caelorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano),
Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
5.
Ave regina celorum à 4 by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano),
Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
6.
O regina seculi by Anonymous
Performer:  Marc Busnel (Bass), Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor),
Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
7.
Imperatrix angelorum by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Marc Busnel (Bass), Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor),
Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: On this recording we hear Dufay's own contrafactum of this motet, to the text "Imperatrix Angelorum."
Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
8.
Ave maris stella by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano),
Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
9.
Inclita stella maris by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano),
Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
10.
Anima mea liquefacta est by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor),
Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
11.
Jesu corona virginum by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass),
Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
Written: by 1470 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
12.
Ave virgo que de celis by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano), Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor),
Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Marc Busnel (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1474; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 
13.
Gaude virgo mater Christi by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thierry Peteau (Tenor), Lucien Kandel (Tenor), Marc Busnel (Bass),
Christel Boiron (Mezzo Soprano), Caroline Magalhaes (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhôn 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Église Saint Jean de Neel, Mornant, Rhône, France (05/10/2004 - 05/14/2004) 

Sound Samples

Salve flos Tusce / Vos nunc Etruscorum iubar / Viri mendaces
Urbs beata Jerusalem
Flos florum
Ave regina caelorum
Ave regina caelorum
Ave regina reparatrix
Mirandas parit hec urbs, "Imperatrix angelorum"
Ave maris stella
Inclita stella maris
Anima mea lique facta est
Jesu corona virginum
Ave virgo que de celis
Gaude virgo mater Christi

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