Das Binchois Consort unter seinem Gründer Andrew Kirkman besitzt eine besondere Affinität zu Dufay, war doch die Aufführung seiner Musik der eigentliche Anlass der Ensemblegründung. Die vorliegende Produktion enthält die Missa 'Puisque je vis', die höchstwahrscheinlich von Dufay stammt, und Compères 'Omnium bonorum plena', geschrieben als Lob der Jungfrau Maria. Motetten von Dufay und aus anderen Quellen ergänzen die Aufnahme.
This new disc contains the Missa Puisque je vis, almost certainly by Dufay, and Compère’s Omnium bonorum plena written in praise of the Virgin Mary, as well as motets by Dufay and other sources, all of which help colour our increasing awareness of the florid richness and emotional devotion of music before Baroque, till recently the starting point of most people’s awareness of the art. Characteristics of Dufay are his intricate workmanship and the development of independent balance among the vocal parts that lead us naturally to the satisfying clarity which has itself given old music a strangely contemporary feel.
The Binchois Consort, now in their eighth year under their founder Andrew Kirkman, has a special affinity with the music of Dufay, for it was to perform Dufay that the ensemble was initially founded. That first outing formed the basis of their continuing award-winning exploration on Hyperion of 15th century music, in particular the worlds of French and English music during the so-called Burgundian period.
'…there is no denying the beauty of the performances here. Kirkman's group … pour forth a golden stream of polyphonic textures captured in close and careful sound' (American Record Guide)
'As ever with this ensemble the singing is muscular and clean-cut, with Kirkman's direction bringing out every detail' (Early Music Review)
'the poise and control of the performers is apparent everywhere' (BBC Music Magazine)
'elegant performances' (The Daily Telegraph)