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  • Composer: John Dunstable
  • Audio CD (5 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Veritas
  • ASIN: B000006DDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Veni Sancte Spiritus et emitte/Veni Sancte Spiritus et infunde/Veni Creator Spiritus mentes tu (1987 Digital Remaster) 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Salve scema sanctitatis (1987 Digital Remaster) 7:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gaude virgo salutaris (1987 Digital Remaster) 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Quam pulchra es (1987 Digital Remaster) 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a very beautiful disc of music from the early 15th century. Dunstable (or Dunstaple) was an enormously influential figure in the development of Renaissance music and this sample of his work gives a good idea why that was. It is extremely skilful three- and four-part writing: inventive and supremely lovely with a limpid, spare beauty which I find very affecting.

The performances here by the Hilliard Ensemble are everything one would expect from this outstanding ensemble: technically perfect with impeccable intonation, lovely fluency of line and an ideal balance of the parts. The acoustic is resonant without being overpowering and that distinctive, slightly austere Hilliard sound is absolutely perfect for this music. The overall effect is simply sublime, and balm to the soul.

I have owned and loved this disc for many years and still play it regularly and with very great pleasure. Very warmly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Unfamiliar to most, but John Dunstable is arguably the most influential English musician ever. No lengthy review to add here, but you may wish to know that this disc is now re-released as part of a bargain two disc set along with a disc of music by Dunstable's contemporary and compatriot Leonel Power: Power & Dunstable: Masses and Motets.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Tovey VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you don't know the Hilliard Ensemble's work, this CD is a great place to start - Dunstable's motets are easy-listening in the best sense of the term. This ensemble must be some of the best performers around, and they don't need to rely on spurious tinkly instrumentations like some interpreters of early music.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Spectacular - find it!!! 29 May 1999
By gks5q@virginia.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It seems like the moment this CD was reissued it went out of stock. Hopefully, the label will be smart enough to issue more copies of this extraordinary recording. This is truly one of the best early music recordings ever made. It won the best early music recording award from Gramophone in 1984. The singing is spectacular, with the loudest praise going to David James and Paul Elliott whose high voices carry the most of the melody in these three- and four-part motets. Dunstable is a real melodist, the pieces collected here are beautiful beyond belief. Check your local CD store, you may still be able to find this CD. Be sure you find it!!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A capella mystical motets 4 Nov. 2004
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The anonymous author of the liner notes emphasizes quite rightly the 'otherness' of this music, which he sees as more nearly related to non-Western and minimalistic music than to the music of the Renaissance or the Baroque. These isorhythmic motets by the English composer John Dunstable, who lived from approx. 1390 to 1453 and about whose biography very little is known, very definitely have their roots in the mediaeval period, despite certain developments towards modernity which made this composer famous throughout Europe (he is generally cited as having inspired Dufay). In most cases the individual voices sing not only differing melodies but also differing sacred lyrics, the melodies in no way reflecting the meaning of the sung text. This, obviously, makes listening, even when using the texts printed in the accompanying booklet, quite a difficult procedure. Most hearers will, for that reason, probably be satisfied with just listening to the beautifully intermingling male voices, dominated as usual with the Hilliards by the two countertenors, David James and Ashley Stafford, without trying to attend to the lyrics or even to the mysterious mathematical symbolism for which Dunstable is famous.

The engineering of the disc tends to promote this. The analogue recording was made at England's Boxgrove Abbey in 1982 and suffers somewhat from a certain amount of noise from the tapes as well as under the (presumably deliberately chosen) echoing church acoustics, which make exact listening even more difficult than it would have been anyway. But perhaps this is just what was intended: even in those days, the Hilliards had a tendency to 'mysticize', an aspect of their art which has, of course, grown with the years. Personally, I would have welcomed a recording of the clarity and quality of their Machault mass for Hyperion.

The fact that the Hilliards do without any instrumental accompaniment and sing a capella from start to finish is probably historically accurate and for my mind a big advantage, especially as I must emphasize that each individual singer here has perfect intonation and fits in to the whole beautifully. The repertoire value of the disc is absolutely unquestionable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Medieval Mysteries 23 Dec. 2008
By Geoffrey Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gustav Reese, the erudite but approachable American musicologist got it right. In his two books, "Music in the Middle Ages" and "Rennaisance Music", he describes the Dunstable motet "Veni sanctu spritu" as the most listenable of its genre from the Middle Ages. He describes how Dunstable has overcome the usual problems of this type of motet: that they composed on a strict mathmatical formula, or "isorhyhmic" structure, and have three different Latin texts- so often ending up as esoteric but not very listenable compositions.

However listening to this recording, despite the strict compositional structures, Dunstable gives each line oppurtunity to be clearly declaimed. A testament also to the art of the Hilliard ensemble's singing.

The music is all the more accessable to modern listeners because Dunstable pioneers the use of parallel thirds and sixths, as opposed to the usual medieval use of the more "strident" fifths and fourths. So much for the Medieval ear, which was trained to hear thirds/sixths as "dissonant" and fifths and fourths as "harrmonious"- this largely based on the all pervasive religioius and musicological doctrines of the time.

In the first edition of Reese's book, he devotes a whole double page spread of the complete score of Dunstable's "Quam pulcra es" ("Song of Solomon"). He argues that this piece bridges the gap, and is the connecting point between Medieval and Rennaissance harmony.

So it was Reese who whet my appatite to seek out recordings of Dunstable's music, the above two items in especial. To my delight, there they both were in the original Hilliard LP of the 1980's. Now we have the opportunuty to accessthis re-release on CD- don't let the opportunity slip by. Even now, I tend to savour the tracks one at a time, rather than a staight through listen to the whole CD. In this way one can savour the subtlties of each composition, and the exquisite performance of them.

It is a musical language of another era, and another mind-set, yet so intriguingly listenable for us now.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great 'otherworldly' music. but not enough of it. 22 Aug. 2007
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To a musical omnivore like me, who finds something to like in virtually every genre and age, this particular CD is very good, but not quite great. The Hilliard Ensemble gives an excellent performance, as usual, but I don't find this as interesting listening as some of their other recordings. As classical CD's go, it is also just a bit shorter than expected, at about 54 minutes. The a capella performance of the Latin text is excellent, but just a bit monochromatic. I almost miss the effect other recordings give of recording in a great open space, literally ora figuratively in a Medieval cathedral. This is a fine price for a good recording, but I would not go out of my way to recommend it.
Reissued at a budget price! 29 Jan. 2013
By Y.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although recordings of John Dunstaple's music are not exactly thick on the ground, we are fortunate to have 2 outstanding recordings devoted to Dunstaple's music. Besides this Hilliard CD, we also have Orlando Consort's John Dunstaple: Musician to the Plantagenets (and its reissue John Dunstaple: Musician to the Plantagenets). Unfortunately, this is a small market and Virgin Veritas has allowed the Hillard CD to go OOP for many years.

Here is good news: This CD was reissued last year in Virgin Veritas x 2 series: Power and Dunstaple Masses & Motets. That reissue also contains Hilliard's recording of Leonel Power's Masses & Motets, also long OOP.
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