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Fri, 01 Apr 2005

Binchois, Dufay

Dufay (att), Mass for St. Anthony Abbot
Binchois, Motets and Mass movements
The Binchois Consort
Andrew Kirkman
LP, Hyperion

We are in the 15th century, and before the Reformation. Guillaume Dufay lived approximately between 1397 and 1474 and Gilles Binchois between 1400 and 1460.

This recording, which was partially sponsored by the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers (Andrew Kirkman is a professor there), gives us a ten movement plenary mass, and from Binchois, the only surviving isorhythmic motet as well another motet and three mass movements; a Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnes Dei.

They are all beautiful works, some of which are bound together by St. Anthony, and all of them by the proximity of history. The performance is better than able and the recording first class. There are also useful note and the words are included in English and Latin.

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