Mstation Classical Reviews
pre Dec 04 reviews are here
Fri, 01 Apr 2005
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.