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Machaut: Messe de Notre Dame, etc / Hilliard Ensemble

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je ne cesse de prier ("Lay de la fonteinne"), lai for 3 voices
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ma fin est mon commencement
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'lt should be no surprise that this is a real winner' (Fanfare, USA)

'Superbly recorded ... very impressive indeed' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Machaut's Messe de Nostre Dame is the earliest known setting of the Ordinary Mass by a single composer. Paul Hillier avoids a full reconstruction on this release: his deference to 'authenticity' restricts itself to the usage of 14th century French pronunciation of the Latin. His ensemble sings two to a part, with prominent countertenors.

It's arguable whether the musicians sing the chant at too fast a tempo but they're smooth and flexible, and the performance as a whole is both fluid and light in texture. Also included on this release are two French compositions. The wonderful Lai 'de la fonteinne' is admirably sung by three tenors and is pure delight - providing food for the heart as well as for the intellect. The rather more familiar Ma fin est mon commencement, with its retrograde canon, completes this admirable disc.



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>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Hackney, London, England (03/30/1987-03/31/1987)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Je ne cesse de prier ("Lay de la fonteinne"), lai for 3 voices
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Mark Padmore; John Potter
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 13th Century

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Ma fin est mon commencement
  • Performers: Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor); Paul Hillier (Bass); John Potter
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: by 1350