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Dufay & the Court of Savoy - Missa "Se la face ay pale" / Kirkman, Binchois Consort

Album Summary

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s)
>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
>Dufay, Guillaume : O tres piteulx, cantilena motet for 4 voices ("Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolita
>Dufay, Guillaume : Se la face ay pale, ballade for 4 voices (doubtful)
>Dufay, Guillaume : Magnanime gentis, isorhythmic motet for 3 voices
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Binchois Consort’s first recordings of Dufay for Hyperion achieved iconic status, winning the group a Gramophone award along the way. Their latest recording contains what many consider to be Dufay’s masterpiece. His Missa Se la face ay pale is one of the best known, and perhaps most revered, of all polyphonic masses. Along with a handful of other such works, it has become a touchstone for the idea and structural design of the unified cantus firmus mass, a classic exemplification of the musical style and achievement of an era. The program is completed by two motets and the ballade on which the mass is based.

'Dufay was one of the greatest composers of the 15th century ... Half a dozen recordings of Dufay's Missa Se la face are available but Kirkman's sweeps the board ... Performances of great clarity, pliancy and historical value ... A confirming display of excellence and insight' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Dufay's Missa Se la face ay pale provides the backbone for this gloriously performed disc from the eight male voices of the pure-toned Binchois Consort. Contrasting motets and mass propers, works of sublime clarity, are rewardingly interspersed ... The results are mesmerising' (The Observer)

'Se la face a pale remains Dufay's most approchable mass ... This is easy, effortless musicianship ... The balance is superb, and all lines are presented in a free and supple manner that projects the music very well' (Gramophone)

'The singers more than adequately realise their stated aim of bringing the opulent Court of Savoy to life ... The singing on the CD is mellifluous and animated, the pronunciation authentic ... and both the liturgical context and the confidence of the performance make this a valuable addition to our understanding of Dufay's output' (Early Music Review)

'This ensemble has now recorded five masses credited to Dufay, an achievement of considerable stature... As well as giving a fine rendition of the music, Kirkman's Dufay disc also adds relevant music to broaden our understanding of the period' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Se la face ay pale remains Dufay's most approachable Mass - very much a tune with accompaniment, one that is assembled as though elegance of line was Dufay's main criterion of musical excellence.

And Andrew Kirkman chooses to treat it as such: at least, he essentially persuades the singers on the contratenor line to keep well down so that borrowed melody in the tenor can come through while allowing the top line to stand out as it must.

What the Binchois Consort do here sounds both transparent and natural. The balance is superb; and all lines are presented in a free and supple manner that projects the music very well. This is easy, effortless musicianship.

Meanwhile Kirkman intersperses the five Ordinary movements with movements for the Proper for St Maurice. Much of the music is in three or two voices only, so sounding different from the Missa Se la face ay pale and contrasting with it neatly. Only the glowing Offertory is in four voices. Metrical complexities in the Alleluia and in the Offertory add neat spice to the music. Special credit here should be given to the soloists who sing the long and exposed duos: these have lines and phrases that seem to go on forever, so they are astonishingly hard to sing, and these musicians do them marvellously.

To fill out the disc they perform three more Dufay pieces that can be associated with the court of Savoy: the song Se la face ay pale is heard in the rarer four-voice version that may not have anything to do with Dufay but is delightful and eminently worth hearing, especially in a spirited performance like this; the famous Lament for Constantinople, a touch less transparent than one might wish; and the motet Magnanime gentis, sounding as though it was done in a hurry at the end of an exhausting session.



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Works Details

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s) :: Introit; Venite benedicti
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s) :: Gradual; Gloriosus Deus
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s) :: Alleluia; Iudicabunt sancti
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s) :: Offertory; Mirabilis Deus
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450

>Dufay, Guillaume : Work(s) :: Communion; Gaudete iusti
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : O tres piteulx, cantilena motet for 4 voices ("Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesiae Constantinopolita
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1455

>Dufay, Guillaume : Se la face ay pale, ballade for 4 voices (doubtful) :: Ballade
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Dufay, Guillaume : Magnanime gentis, isorhythmic motet for 3 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Binchois Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of All Souls College, Oxford, England (02/13/2008-02/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1438