With this disc, Giuseppe Maletto and Cantica Symphonia complete their 'Dufay trilogy' on Glossa: two volumes of motets and one of chansons.
These singers and instrumentalists, many of them members of the various permutations of La Venexiana, represent the best possible interpreters for communicating this timeless and moving music: motets indelibly linked to the power struggles that, in the first half of the 15th century, convulsed the politics of European powers and of the Roman Catholic Church.
Together with Quadrivium, this new release sees Cantica Symphonia traversing all the currently attributed motets by Dufay: works written to set the seal on historic occasions as well as those with liturgical texts.
The accompanying essay admirably captures the pervasive 15th century currents of Humanism and religious splendour.
“Just how fine are the singers on this recording can be gauged from the last track… Cantica Symphonia's performance of his final setting of Ave regina celorum is extraordinarily moving, the personal supplication to Mary seeming almost to catch the composer's last breath.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008