Dufay Choral Works

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Composer or Director: Sigismondo d' India, Giorgio Mainerio, Alessandro Grandi, Gioseffo Guami, Pietro Lappi, Ignazio Donati, Giovanni Priuli, Cherubino Busatti, Ercole Porta

Label: Veritas

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Catalogue Number: 561288-2

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Composition Artist Credit
Isti sunt duae olivae Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Sigismondo d' India Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Motets with sinfonie, Book 1 David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Alessandro Grandi Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Canzona a 8 Gioseffo Guami Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
(La) Negrona David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Pietro Lappi Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
In te Domine speravi Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Ignazio Donati Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Early Music Consort of London
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Early Music Consort of London
Canzona prima à 12 Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Giovanni Priuli Composer
Motets with sinfonie, Book 3 David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Alessandro Grandi Composer
Surrexit Pastor bonus Cherubino Busatti Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Corda Deo dabimus Ercole Porta Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Early Music Consort of London

Composer or Director: Michael Praetorius

Label: Veritas

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Catalogue Number: 561289-2

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Composition Artist Credit
Christus, der uns selig macht St Alban's Abbey Boy's Choir
Michael Praetorius Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Resonet in laudibus Early Music Consort of London
Michael Praetorius Composer
David Munrow
Gott der Vater Early Music Consort of London
Michael Praetorius Composer
St Alban's Abbey Boy's Choir
David Munrow
Terpsichore Michael Praetorius Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Aus tiefer Not Michael Praetorius Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Michael Praetorius Composer
Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort St Alban's Abbey Boy's Choir
Early Music Consort of London
Michael Praetorius Composer
David Munrow

Composer or Director: Tielman Susato, Giorgio Mainerio, Thomas Morley, Giovanni Priuli, Pietro Lappi

Label: Testament

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Catalogue Number: SBT1080

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Composition Artist Credit
Danserye Early Music Consort of London
Tielman Susato Composer
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
Danserye Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Tielman Susato Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Morley Consort
Thomas Morley Composer
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Canzona prima à 12 Giovanni Priuli Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Danserye Tielman Susato Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Danserye Tielman Susato Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Danserye David Munrow
Tielman Susato Composer
Early Music Consort of London
Danserye David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Tielman Susato Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
Danserye David Munrow
Tielman Susato Composer
Early Music Consort of London
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons Morley Consort
Thomas Morley Composer
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
(La) Negrona Pietro Lappi Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Danserye Early Music Consort of London
Tielman Susato Composer
David Munrow
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons Morley Consort
Thomas Morley Composer
David Munrow
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
David Munrow
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Danserye Tielman Susato Composer
David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Danserye David Munrow
Tielman Susato Composer
Early Music Consort of London
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Morley Consort
Thomas Morley Composer
Danserye Early Music Consort of London
Tielman Susato Composer
David Munrow
(The) First Book of Consort Lessons David Munrow
Thomas Morley Composer
Morley Consort
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
Danserye David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Tielman Susato Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Giorgio Mainerio Composer
(Il) Primo libro di Balli a Quattro Voci David Munrow
Early Music Consort of London
Giorgio Mainerio Composer

Composer or Director: Anonymous, Gilles de Bins dit Binchois, F. Andrieu, Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay, Jehannot de Lescurel, Magister Franciscus, Johannes de Meruco, Borlet, Johannes Symonis Hasprois, Matteo da Perugia, Solage, Grimace, Pykini, Jehan Vaillant, Anthonello de Caserta, Pierre des Molins

Label: Veritas

Media Format: CD or Download

Catalogue Number: 561284-2

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Composition Artist Credit
Tribum quem Anonymous Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Je ne fai tousjours que penser London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
Armes, amours/O flour des flours F. Andrieu Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Se je souspir parfondement David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
Vergene bella Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
La septime estampie real David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Anonymous Composer
Phyton, le mervilleus serpent David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
A vous douce debonnaire David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Jehannot de Lescurel Composer
Trop plus est bele/Biaute paree/Je ne sui mie Guillaume de Machaut Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Phiton, Phiton, beste tres yenimeuse Magister Franciscus Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Filles à marier London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
De home vray David Munrow
Johannes de Meruco Composer
London Early Music Consort
De Bon Espoir/Puis que la douce/Speravi London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
David Munrow
Restoés restoés Anonymous Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Ma fin est mon commencement London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
David Munrow
Douce dame jolie, pour Dieu London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
Hé trés doulz roussignol Borlet Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Ma douce amour Johannes Symonis Hasprois Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Amoureux suy et me vient toute joye Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Andray soulet David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Matteo da Perugia Composer
De toutes flours Guillaume de Machaut Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
(La) belle se siet David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Guillaume Dufay Composer
Fumeux fume par fumee London Early Music Consort
Solage Composer
David Munrow
(Le) Greygnour bien David Munrow
Matteo da Perugia Composer
London Early Music Consort
Amours me fait desirer David Munrow
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
London Early Music Consort
Donnes l'assault à la fortresse Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Hareu, hareu, le feu/Helas, ou sera/Obediens usque David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
A l'arme, a l'arme Grimace Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Ma tredol rossignol Borlet Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Quant j'ay l'espart David Munrow
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
London Early Music Consort
Bien puist David Munrow
Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
London Early Music Consort
(La) Spagna Anonymous Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Plaisance, or tost David Munrow
Pykini Composer
London Early Music Consort
Contre le temps London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Anonymous Composer
Se ma dame m'a guerpy Guillaume de Machaut Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Lamentatio sanctae matris ecclesie Constantinopoli London Early Music Consort
Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
Par droit je puis bien complaindre David Munrow
Guillaume Dufay Composer
London Early Music Consort
Trés doulz amis/Ma dame/Cent mille fois Jehan Vaillant Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Amour m'a le ceur Anthonello de Caserta Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Istampitta Tre fontane Anonymous Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Quant Theseus/Ne quier veoir London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
David Munrow
Je loe Amours et ma dame mercye Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Helas mon dueil Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Helas je voy Solage Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Vostre tres doulx regart London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Gilles de Bins dit Binchois Composer
Ce moys de may Guillaume Dufay Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Amis tout dous vis David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Pierre des Molins Composer
Mes esperis se combat David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Guillaume de Machaut Composer
Navré je sui d'un dart penetratif Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort
Quant je sui mis au retour Guillaume de Machaut Composer
London Early Music Consort
David Munrow
Dame, se vous m'estés lointeinne Guillaume de Machaut Composer
David Munrow
London Early Music Consort

Composer or Director: Guillaume Dufay

Label: Veritas

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Catalogue Number: 561283-2

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Composition Artist Credit
Missa, 'Se la face ay pale' David Munrow
Guillaume Dufay Composer
Early Music Consort of London
Gloria ad modem tubae Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow
Guillaume Dufay Composer
Se la face ay pale Early Music Consort of London
Guillaume Dufay Composer
David Munrow
For those (like this reviewer) who were still in short pants when the first of these recordings appeared, David Munrow’s work has acquired something close to mythical status, akin perhaps to that of Jimi Hendrix in the realm of pop music. Like Hendrix, Munrow was a charismatic figure, a self-taught virtuoso whose public performances frequently caught fire; like Hendrix, he died tragically young; and like Hendrix, Munrow was a trail-blazer with a difference, in that many different schools of Britain’s early music scene can legitimately claim him as an inspiration, if not a direct mentor. The list of young talent Munrow banded round him reads like a roll-call of today’s most influential musicians: James Bowman, Charles Brett, Rogers Covey-Crump, Martin Hill, Christopher Hogwood, Philip Pickett to name but a few. Towards the end of his life, Munrow began to concentrate on fifteenth-century sacred polyphony, with a cappella, one-to-a-part performances (in “The Art of the Netherlands” HMV, 11/76 – reissued at mid-price on EMI). In this, he anticipated the emergence of groups like the Hilliard Ensemble; but one need only listen to the disc of dance suites, most of which was recorded earlier in his career, to sense the debt owed by the instrumental groups that emerged even later, like the New London Consort. When David Munrow named his series of radio broadcasts after the Pied Piper, he was describing himself.
All these recordings were made in the astonishingly short period between January 1971 and the end of 1975. They fall into two broad groups, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries (“The Art of Courtly Love” and Dufay’s Mass), and the sixteenth and early seventeenth (“Monteverdi’s Contemporaries”, Praetorius and the dance music on Testament). The earlier discs were recorded in 1972-3, a couple of years before “the Art of the Netherlands”. The latter is in some ways the more polished collection, but there is such tremendous excitement on so many tracks of “Courtly Love” (listen to the progressively more Hendrixian inflexions of the Istampitta Tre fontane) that one happily overlooks the occasional wrinkle; besides, Munrow’s experiments with instrumental combinations turn out some real gems. The ‘fourteenth-century avant-garde’ section is especially fine in this respect (the combination of tenor and two crumhorns in the ‘Phiton’ pieces, for example). Although much has been re-recorded since, a good number of Munrow’s first performances remain unsurpassed. I would single out Dufay’s Mass Se la face ay pale in this regard. Nowadays, tempos might be slightly brisker, and voices used in preference to instruments on the lower parts; but only compare the serene tranquillity of the Kyrie I with the exhilaration at the end of the Credo: here are poetry and variety in abundance. For this, one of the most significant of fifteenth-century Mass cycles, there is still no convincing alternative performance on CD.
The discs of the later period have perhaps aged slightly less well, because all the repertories concerned have been more plentifully and convincingly served since. The polychoral pieces of the Praetorius set in particular suffer from the lack of resonance of the Abbey Road Studios. Such broadly conceived music demands breadth of acoustic presentation and besides, the technology for reproducing spatial effects has very audibly moved on in the last 20 years. On the level of performance, one could single out the uncharacteristically strait-laced approach to the Italian solo motets: fine though the singing is, these pieces fail to catch fire (though Grandi’s elaborately scored O beate Benedicte rounds off the collection in style). Here again, though, Munrow’s pioneering role cannot be overstated: in the mid-1970s, the sacred music of Monteverdi himself (the 1610 Vespers aside) was little recorded, let alone that of his contemporaries! In contrast, the instrumental music on all three discs is full of Munrow’s verve and (one guesses) slightly mischievous sense of humour. Who today would dare use a xylophone on the top line of a Renaissance dance? No one, I suspect; and more’s the pity.
Since these are reissues, a word is in order about sound quality. The remastering is very clear and faithful to the original, though inevitably the original blemishes are preserved as well; thankfully, these are few and far between. Collectors should note that the purely instrumental tracks on “Monteverdi’s Contemporaries”, about half an hour in all, are reproduced in a slightly more deeply focused remastering on the Testament disc. But the accompanying dance-suites by Susato and Morley are most engaging, and far outweigh the drawback of duplication.
It is a real joy to welcome these essential recordings to the CD repertory. Had David Munrow lived (he would have been only 54 this year), there would have been more, so much more. That he himself chose otherwise is all the more poignant and sadly ironic, for joy in making music of any period, beyond the exotic instruments and the scholarship, is the overriding message of these discs. What more can one say?'

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