Dating from the first half of the fourteenth century, this composite work demonstrates the range of styles just prior to Machaut's arrival on the scene. On this recording, the music's lilting, dance-like patterns (in the Kyrie, for instance) have a surprising solidity, while losing nothing of their suppleness. Those who may have been foxed by Marcel Pérés's reading of Machaut's Mass needn't hesitate to sample this far less controversial, yet typically full-throated and vibrant performance.
-- Gramophone [9/1997]
An admirable synthesis of the teeming ideas and styles that emerged in the 14th century musical Ars Nova, the Mass of Tournai, rediscovered in 1862, is the earliestRead more Mass in Western music to have survived intact. Read less
Works on This Recording
Messe de Tournaiby Anonymous Performer:
Patrick Aubailly (Tenor),
Josep Benet (Tenor),
Frédéric Richard (Tenor),
Josep Cabré (Baritone),
Marcel Pérès (Baritone),
Malcolm Bothwell (Bass),
Antoine Sicot (Bass)
Period: Medieval Written: 14th Century Date of Recording: 09/1990 Venue: Abbaye-aux-Dames, Saintes, France Length: 53 Minutes 13 Secs. Language: Latin
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