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Du Fay, Legrant, Feragut, Da Pesaro - Nell' Autunno Di Bisanzio

Kountouras/Kyriakakis
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Talanton   Catalog #: 9000   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Le GrantGuillaume DufayBeltrame FeragutManuel Chrysafes,   ... 
Performer:  Theodora BakaDimitris KountourasGiorgos Kyriakakis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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NELL’ AUTUMNO DI BISANZIO Dimitris Kountouras, dir; Ex Silentio; Arkys Ens; Theodore Baka (voc) TALANTON TAL 90001 (50:06 Text and Translation)


DUFAY Ce jour de l’an. Seigneur Leon. Vassilissa ergo gaude. C’est bien raison. Las que feray. Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae. LEGRANT Se liesse est de ma patrie. FERAGUT Francorum Read more nobilitati. Ave Maria. GUGLIELMO EBREO DA PESARO Falla con misuras. CHRYSAFES Threnos


The label is unique, but it is part of the Raum Klang group. The director, who also holds the copyright, is Greek but the recording was made in Berlin. Guillaume Dufay, the only composer named on the cover, occupies six of the 11 tracks, but the program is more diverse than that. The works of Johannes Legrant and Beltram Feragut are found in the same source as most of the Dufay works, MS. Canon. Misc. 213. The musical selections focus on two events, the Council of Florence in 1439 and the fall of Constantinople in 1453. All the Christian churches sent delegates to Florence, including the Greek Orthodox Church and the heterodox churches that had been separated from both Rome and Byzantium since the fifth century. (The heterodox churches had two diametrically opposite views concerning the divine and human natures of Christ, neither accepting the dogma of the hypostatic union that Rome and Byzantium agreed on.) The purpose was reunion, but the ulterior motive was resistance against the Ottoman advance. All parties signed their allegiance to Rome, all signatories were repudiated as soon as they returned home (as late as 1445), and the inevitable result occurred in 1453. Dufay wrote four laments on the fall of Constantinople (only the one heard here survives), and Manuel Chrysafes, the first singer at Hagia Sophia as well as at the imperial court at the time, wrote another on the text of psalm 78.


The notes emphasize the rebirth of learning, or renaissance, in Italy as Greek refugees poured into the area bringing ancient texts with them. Dufay is mentioned in a confused sentence in the notes: “He traveled to Patras and the Peleponnesus around 1425 and wrote a motet for the marriage of a Malatesta princess with the prince of Morea, as the Peleponnesus was then called.” Dufay actually served Carlo Malatesta in Rimini from 1420 to 1424; he composed the motet Vassilissa ergo for Cleofe Malatesta in 1420 on the occasion of her marriage in 1421; he composed the motet Apostolo glorioso for Pandolfo Malatesta, the archbishop of Patras (a Latin diocese since the Fourth Crusade), either in 1424 when he was appointed archbishop or in 1426 when he restored the church of St. Andrew there. Dufay’s whereabouts from 1424 to 1426 are undocumented, though he seems to have been in Cambrai and Laon until coming to Bologna to serve Cardinal Aleman.


I have one of the Feragut pieces, Francorum nobilitati , on a Pathé LP under Roger Cotte. The piece by Guglielmo Ebreo (“the Hebrew,” also Magister and monachus) has been recorded at least five times. Chrysafes is a familiar name on records devoted to Byzantine music. It is not clear how the musical selections illustrate the waning of Byzantium, aside from the obvious pair of laments by Dufay and Chrysafes. The singing and playing are highly accomplished, so the program may be taken, for all its diversity, as an enjoyable taste of the 15th century.


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Works on This Recording

1. Se liesse by Johannes Le Grant
Performer:  Theodora Baka (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Ce jour de l'an by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Seigneur Leon, vous soyes bienvenus by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. Vasilissa ergo gaude/Concupivit rex decorum tuum by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5. Francorum nobilitati, for vocal ensemble by Beltrame Feragut
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6. Ave Maria by Beltrame Feragut
Performer:  Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. C'est bien raison by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Theodora Baka (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1433; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 12 Minutes 52 Secs. 
8. Las, que feray? by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9. O tres piteulx "Lamentatio constantinopolitanae" by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10. Threnos, for vocal ensemble by Manuel Chrysafes
Performer:  Giorgos Kyriakakis (Voice), Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder), Theodora Baka (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11. La bassa castiglia - Falla con misuras by Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro
Performer:  Dimitris Kountouras (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Silentio
Venue:  Andreaskirche Berlin Wannsee 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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