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Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377): Messe de Nostre Dame (Mass of Our Lady) / Graindelavoix, Björn Schmelzer

Album Summary

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix/Ad te suspiramus, motet for 4 voices
>Plainchant : Salve sancta parens, introit
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
>Plainchant : Benedicta et venerabilis, gradual
>Chant, Gregorian : Alleluia, Post partum, in mode 4
>Anonymous, Codex Las Huelgas : Verbum bonum et suave
>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge, motet for 4 voices
>Plainchant : Beata viscera Marie virginis, Communion
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Much-awaited has been the new recording of the Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame from Björn Schmelzer and Graindelavoix, one of Glossa's long- standing artistic "family" members. Following on from the trio of discs devoted to music in the spirit of the medieval master draughtsman Villard de Honnecourt the Antwerp-based ensemble - currently in residence at the Fondation Royaumont in France - has now turned to the first-known composer of an integral mass cycle: Guillaume de Machaut, who was a canon at Reims Cathedral in the fourteenth century. The work, described as a medieval monstre sacré, is performed by an all- male ensemble from Graindelavoix featuring both sharp high tenors and very low basses. Graindelavoix's continuing and vibrantly imaginative aesthetic is described, with his customary imagery, by Björn Schmelzer in the accompanying booklet essay, where he says that he is interested in "conjuring up the voices of the past", and pointing to the contrast between the familiar and the strange as helping to describe the performance approach taken by Graindelavoix - one that emphasizes the individuality of the singers rather than a homogeneous ensemble sound. Schmelzer's choice of accompanying Propers for a Lady Mass underscores Machaut's own devotion to the Virgin Mary, as do two of the composer's spectacular motets, which are also associated with the city of Reims.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
A new recording of Machaut's Mass is always an event, and this one is compelling and provocative in equal measure: compelling, because of the beauty of the voices and the evident care that has been lavished on so many details; provocative, because so many of those details will surprise, startle and perhaps infuriate.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015).



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Works Details

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Felix virgo/Inviolata genitrix/Ad te suspiramus, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1360

>Plainchant : Salve sancta parens, introit
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364

>Plainchant : Benedicta et venerabilis, gradual
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Alleluia, Post partum, in mode 4
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Anonymous, Codex Las Huelgas : Verbum bonum et suave
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Tu qui gregem/Plange, regni/Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1358

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364

>Plainchant : Beata viscera Marie virginis, Communion
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Machaut, Guillaume de : Messe de Nostre Dame
  • Conductor: Björn Schmelzer
  • Ensemble: Graindelavoix
  • Notes: Antwerp (St. Augustine's Church), Belgium (03/25/2015-03/31/2015)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1364