Notes and Editorial Reviews
Performances which stimulate the mind and invariably cosset the ear.
Gothic Voices have now achieved the distinction of gaining this award for a third time. Each of their recordings brings further musical rewards and confirms the stature of its predecessors in the medieval music arena. The selection of works chosen always reflects the greatest care, balancing the known with the unfamiliar in performances which stimulate the mind and invariably cosset the ear. "A Song for Francesca" explores the contrasts in fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Italian vocal music between native repertoire and the borrowed French and northern European styles; most of the items are recorded for the first time. Gothic Voices have enhanced the range of the tonal palette they put before us here, incorporating some harder-edged sonorities amongst their always immaculately turned style and ensemble. Several works seem destined to achieve fame via this issue, among them Andreas de Florentia's Astio non mori mai and Grossin's Va rent souspir, as well as anonymous items from the Canonici manuscript, two colourful ballate by Landini, three works by Richard de Loqueville, and Hugo de Lantins's Plaindre m'estuet. As before, these vibrant performances are matched by a fine recording in the Hyperion tradition.
– Gramophone [October 1989]