Notes and Editorial Reviews
Composer Peter-Anthony Togni has brilliantly created a soundscape spanning the centuries. Togni follows in the compositional footsteps of medieval composers by borrowing, responding and drawing on Guillaume de Machaut’s medieval masterpiece Messe de Nostre Dame (circa 1365). The surprising success of Responsio lies in the strength of Togni’s writing as he then combines and contrasts this medieval groundwork with musical ideas from the intervening centuries.
- The WholeNote (Toronto, CA)
The Juno-nominated Peter-Anthony Togni’s hour-long Responsio reflects, comments, refutes, challenges and embellishes the bare medieval voice of Guillaume de Machaut and his medieval masterpiece, the Messe de Nostre Dame. Including the entire Messe within its fabric, Responsio casts the role of the bass clarinetist into that of a time traveler, bringing forward Machaut’s beautiful 14th c. creation into the heart of the 21st c. Along with the wide-ranging creative expression of bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly, Responsio draws upon the full resources of four of the world’s very best singers.