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Guillaume Dufay: The Masses for 1453 - Missa Sela Face ay pale; Missa L'Homme arme / Cantica Symphonia, Maletto

Album Summary

>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa L'Homme armé, for 4 voices
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International, 5th February 2015
An astonishingly well-filled disc.

Sunday Times, 4th January 2015
Both Se le face ay pale and L'homme armT are embellishments around repetitions of secular tunes. These sweet textures are given with unhurried grace.

Early Music Review, December 2014
These readings, with alternating solo voices and full ensemble, combining voices and organ, fiddles, harp and sackbuts, are splendid, bringing out the full magnificence of Dufay's conception and evoking the splendour of lavish 15th-century courtly ceremony...The singing and playing are both beautifully detailed, with unfussy handling of the more rapid ornaments and a lovely sense of the broader sweep of the music.

The Guardian, 30th October 2014
Unlike a number of recent more spartan voices-only discs of Dufay, Cantica Symphonia have recorded the masses with instruments; the use of sackbuts especially gives grandeur and warmth to the performances, and a real sense of occasion, too.

For their fourth Glossa Guillaume Dufay recording, and for the first time on CD, Cantica Symphonia present two of Dufay’s most important polyphonic works - the Missa Se la face ay pale and the Missa L’Homme armé, both amongst the first in history to use popular songs for their cantus firmus: Dufay’s own chanson for the first mass and the anonymous popular tune – “The Armed Man” – for the second. Cantica Symphonia opt for performances embracing the use of slide trumpets, sackbuts, fiddles and the organ alongside vocal forces. The accompanying booklet provides scholarly analysis and detail.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chiesa della B.V. Maria del Monte Carmelo al Colletto, (07/2011/07/2013).



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>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa Se la face ay pale, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Guido Magnano (Organ); Mauro Morini (Sackbut); Mauro Morini (Slide Trumpet); David Yacus (Sackbut); David Yacus (Slide Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Maletto
  • Ensemble: Cantica Symphonia
  • Running Time: 37 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450

>Dufay, Guillaume : Missa L'Homme armé, for 4 voices
  • Performers: Marta Graziolino (Harp); Guido Magnano (Organ); Mauro Morini (Sackbut); Mauro Morini (Slide Trumpet); David Yacus (Sackbut); David Yacus (Slide Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Maletto
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1460