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Guillaume Dufay: The Masses For 1453

Dufay / Maletto / Cantica Sym
Release Date: 11/18/2014 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 31907   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Giuseppe Maletto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Crammed onto one new disc from Cantica Symphonia on Glossa are two of Guillaume Dufay’s most important polyphonic works brought alongside each other for the first time on CD: the Missa Se la face ay pale and the Missa L’Homme armé. The two masses were amongst the first in history to use popular songs for their cantus firmus: Dufay’s own chanson for the first mass and the anonymous popular tune – “The Armed Man” – for the second.

The year 1453 was an extraordinary one in Western Christendom with the Fall of Constantinople following on the acquisition by Louis, Duke of Savoy of what is now known as the Shroud of Turin. As renowned scholar Anne Walters Robertson describes in her incisive scene-setting analysis for the
Read more booklet, these two events provided the backdrop for Dufay – newly recalled by the Duke to the Court of Savoy – to compose these remarkable commemorative masses.

As is the case with its general interpretative outlook, Cantica Symphonia opt for performances which embrace the use of instruments such as slide trumpets, sackbuts, fiddles and the organ alongside vocal forces. Director Giuseppe Maletto and organist Guido Magnano discuss their reasons for such instrumental involvement in the CD booklet. This is the fourth recording of music by Guillaume Dufay – to add to two volumes devoted to motets and one to chansons – from Cantica Symphonia on the Glossa label, and it resumes the Italian ensemble’s remarkable coverage of 15th-century treasures. - Glossa Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Se la face ay pale" by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Giuseppe Maletto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
2.
Missa "L'homme armé" by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Giuseppe Maletto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantica Symphonia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 

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