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Guillaume Dufay: Sacred music from the Bologna Q15 manuscript

 
Guillaume Dufay: Sacred music from the Bologna Q15 manuscript-Sacred Music
ID: SIGCD023 (EAN: 635212002322)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2002
LABEL:
Signum Records
Collection:
Sacred Music
Composers:
DUFAY, Guillaume
Ensembles:
The Clerks' Group
Conductors:
WICKHAM, Edward
Other info:

This is the third disc recorded by The Clerks' Group for their Signum Records trilogy. The series explores repertoire in the medieval period and culminates with a selection of works by Guillaume Dufay, found in one of the great anthologies of 15th century music: the manuscript Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale, MS Q15 (or "Q15" as it is known by its friends).

The Q15 manuscript contains examples of almost every conceivable musical genre of the period by a vast array of composers. The Clerks' Group has chosen to perform works by a single composer, but still the variety of forms and styles on offer is bewildering. Guillaume Dufay was a composer who witnessed and contributed to most of the revolutionary changes to occur in music composition in the 15th century. The album includes some of the earlier works so often neglected from Dufay's repertoire, and goes on to explore compositions that demonstrate this revolutionary genius. Some compositional techniques celebrated by The Clerks' Group's performance include the playful exchange of Dufay's song-like melodies between the vocal lines; and the use of mensural canon, where the same melody is sung by all voices but at slightly different speeds. These are just a few examples of the radical nature of Dufay's music as demonstrated on this recording.

The Clerks' Group brings immense diversity to the music and its performance. Their refreshing approach displays sincere empathy and passion for this astonishing repertory.
Tracklist
 
DUFAY, Guillaume (1397?-1474) 
The Bologna Q15 Manuscript 
1. Vasilissa, ergo gaude; (a, b, c, e)2:47
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2. Kyrie Fons bonitatis; (a-f)6:58
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3. O beate Sebastiane; (a, c, d)2:59
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4. Gloria (Bol. Q15 no. 107); (a-d)4:47
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5. O gemma, lux et speculum; (a, b, d, f)4:37
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6. Credo (Bol. Q15 no. 108); (a-d)6:29
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7. Supremum est mortalibus bonum; (a-f)6:25
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8. Sanctus and Benedictus (Bol. Q15 no. 104); (a-f)6:21
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9. Inclita stella maris; (a, b, c, f)4:07
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10. Agnus Dei (Bol. Q15 no. 105); (a-f)3:26
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11. Gloria Spiritus et alme; (a-d)6:03
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12. O sancte Sebastiane; (a, b, e, f)5:01
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Review:
 

"It is an absorbing and revealing collection, and everything is delivered with tonal beauty and scholarly stylishness"
Andrew Clements, Early Music

"The Clerks' Group are now so familiar with this sort of repertoire that their technical assurance and interpretative confidence are unparalleled"
D. James Ross, Early Music Review

"unexpectedly dazzling...The Clerks' Group sing beautifully"
The Sunday Times 27 October 2002


 

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