Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame

Glossa: GCDP32110

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Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame

Awards:

Gramophone Awards 2017

Shortlisted - Early Music

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2016

Label:

Glossa

Catalogue No:

GCDP32110

Discs:

1

Release date:

22nd April 2016

Barcode:

8424562321106

Length:

72 minutes

Medium:

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Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame


Graindelavoix, Bjorn Schmelzer

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At last! A new recording of Machaut's 'Messe de Nostre Dame' from Björn Schmelzer and Graindelavoix, one of Glossa’s long-standing artistic family members.

Following a trio of discs devoted to music in the spirit of the medieval master draughtsman Villard de Honnecourt, the Antwerp-based ensemble 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 14th 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 customary imagery, by Björn Schmelzer in the accompanying booklet essay, where he declares his passion for “conjuring up the voices of the past” to describe the performance approach taken by Graindelavoix: one that emphasises 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.

Guillaume de Machaut: Motet No. 23. Felix virgo / Inviolata genitrix / Ad te suspiramus

Motet No. 23. Felix virgo / Inviolata genitrix / Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes

Anonymous: Salve sancta parens (Gregorian chant) [MS 5665/ Graduale Triplex/ Koninklijke Bibliotheek 71 A 21

Salve sancta parens [Introitus]

Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame

Kyrie

Gloria

Anonymous: Benedicta et venerabilis

Benedicta et venerabilis es virgo Maria [Graduale]

Anonymous: Alleluya: Post partum virgo

Post partum virgo [Alleluia]

Anonymous: Verbum bonum et suave [Sequence: Codex Las Huelgas, 13th Century Spain]

Verbum bonum et suave [Prosa]

Messe de Nostre Dame

Messe de Nostre Dame: Credo

Guillaume de Machaut: Motet No. 22. Plange, regni / Tu qui gregem / Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge

Motet No. 22. Plange, regni / Tu qui gregem / Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge

Messe de Nostre Dame

Sanctus

Agnus Dei

Anonymous: Communio: Beata viscera

Beata viscera [Communio]

Messe de Nostre Dame

Messe de Nostre Dame: Ite missa est

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.”

Choir & Organ

January 2017

“Grandelevoix explore the sacred in Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame with portamento and vocal twists and turns, shocking with visceral, stone-ground sonorities in exciting, idiosyncratic, dangerous, Marmite interpretations.”

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