This wonderful cd has the fascinating Missa L'homme arme by Antoine Busnois (c. 1430-1492), as well as his Anima mea liquefacta est. I find the L'homme arme tune, and its use by so many composers to be utterly fascinating. Busnois may have been the first to use it in a Mass setting. Apparently the phrase "Anima me liquefacta est" means "my soul was melted", and comes from the Bible, so is a setting of that. The third work of Busnois on this cd is the Gaude celestic domina. Busnois, in his time, was hugely influential; and his works fall mainly between those of Dufay and Ockeghem.
The cd then offers the Missa Spiritus almus by Petrus de Domarto (fl. C. 1450), a Franco-Flemish composer. His two known Mass settings, of which this is one, were hugely influential, particularly on composers like Busnois. Finally, the Flos de spina by Jean Pullois (d. 1478), another Franco-Flemish composer, who carried the Northern polyphonic style to Italy. The motet on this cd was written for the Christmas season.
The Binchois Consort, under Andrew Kirkman, offer a wonderful rendition of all these beautiful pieces. The fifteenth century French, and Franco-Flemish composers were really innovative in their use of polyphony and melody, and those wonderful tones carry through beautifully in this recording, from 2001. There is a great little booklet with the cd, which talks about the music, as well as offering the words and translations, always nice to have. Highly recommended.