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  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Composer: Various Composers
  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00570JXCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gloria HENRY V
2. Kyrie HENRY V
3. Gloria HENRY V
4. Ave regina caelorum LEONEL POWER
6. Gloriosae virginis LEONEL POWER - Richard Butler/The Binchois Consort
7. Sanctus and Benedictus LEONEL POWER
8. Salvatoris mater / O Georgi Deo care THOMAS DAMETT
9. Alma proles / Christi miles JOHN COOKE - Christopher Watson/The Binchois Consort
10. Salve mater Domini / Salve templum gratie NICHOLASSTURGEON
12. Agimus tibi gratias NICHOLASSTURGEON
13. Ave regina caelorum a 4 WALTER FRYE

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The Binchois Consort presents a disc which demonstrates the beauty and grandeur of the music performed daily in princely chapels of fifteenth-century England. It illustrates the sheer variety of types of singing, some of it virtuosic in its brilliance. Specifically it offers sacred ceremonial pieces written either for Henry V himself, as King, or to invoke the saintly patron of the House of Lancaster, John of Bridlington, as well as a selection of intricate motets. Scholarly notes by Philip Weller place this music firmly in its historical context, and the Binchois performances represent the highest standard of early music singing of the present day. Every nuance is considered and each phrase is relished in this immaculately polished disc.


This is an enlighting disc covering an unexplored repertoire.The gritty singing gives the music machismo. **** --Classic fm Magazine,Oct'11

This repertoire testifies to the haunting purity of music from the early 15th century. Woven into the programme are sections of the anonymous Missa Quem malignus spiritus, which shares elaborate polyphony with such items as Leonel Power's Gloriosae virginis and suggests that composers of the day had singers of considerable skill to write for. The Binchois Consort under Andrew Kirkman performs with discreet, moving expressiveness. **** --Daily Telegraph,02/09/11

It's difficult to imagine more tuneful,exacting interpretations. BBC MUSIC CHORAL AND SONG CHOICE. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Oct'11

All in all, I think this is the Binchois Consort's best recording yet,surpassing even its very successful Dufay Mass recordings. --IRR,Sept'11

An English Mass cycle celebrating the good taste of the Victor of Agincourt --Gramophone Awards issue,11

Critics Choice 2011 --Gramophone,Dec'11

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Precentor on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Mediaeval harmonic progressions always come as a shock to moderns, I think, and the Le Roy 'Gloria' is a fine example. The chord changes simply don't go where we think they are going to go, the cadences are not what we are used to, and the cumulative effect on us is that this might as well be "modern" music for all the familiarity we feel for it. This is an exceptionally fine recordint, and while the chant antiphons for the Office of St. John of Bridlington, the patron of the House of Lancaster and the last English saint to be canonized prior to the Reformation, may be of more interest to those familiar with the forms of the breviary offices (morning prayer, day hours of prayer, evening prayer etc.), the polyphonic (choral) portions of the recording are worth the price. Let me employ another superlative: this is a spectacular recording, which very clearly opens a sound window onto the sensibilities and aesthetic perceptions - in music and religion - of a world vastly different from our own, and still alluringly the same (I sing this type of music liturgically, and know others who do as well). This is a recording for expanding the spirit. Get it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duncan R. McKeown on 22 Nov. 2011
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The Binchois Consort are, as usual, a fascinating choir. They probably get closer than any other ensemble in recreating the sound of the age (including pronunciation). Some might find this kind of authenticism pedantic; I think it is perfectly legitimate, although I'm not overly fond of the old French pronunciation of Latin they employ in some of their recordings of works by Burgundian composers...too many dropped final consonants! A minor quibble. This recording seems to employ 15th century English pronunciations of Latin(something I haven't come across before).
As another reviewer has pointed out we don't get to hear much English music from the Lancastrian period. This is a shame, because far from being a backwater, England was arguably at this period the biggest influence on continental music. Henry the Fifth triumphantly displayed his chapel choir to the astonished French after Agincourt. With composers like Power, and the unsurpassed genius of Dunstable, it is no exaggeration to say that he revolutionised western church music as much as he upset the political status quo. Dufay was himself powerfully affected by the new English style. Lancastrian (and later Yorkist) intermarriage with the Burgundian court kept up the cross-fertilisation with composers like Morton and Frye sojourning in the Netherlands.
Enough background! This excellent recording speaks for the originality of English music better than my history lesson! I have omitted the final star only because of the second track. This is essentially seven minutes of plainchant, and I think, given the theme of the record, that it would have been better to replace this with other works by these seldom heard composers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2011
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Much of the attentions of those making music from the later Middle Ages and Renaissance focus on continental, and particularly Franco-Flemish compositions. And indeed with very good reason, but on the other hand you'd almost be forgiven looking at the repertoire for thinking that England had no parallel musical development of its own. Discs such as this which do something to correct the balance a little are deserving of attention.

The eloquent and vivid performances by the sextet of vocalists comprising the Binchois Consort demonstrate that English composers and singers of the first half of the fifteenth century certainly did not lack skill in comparison to their European mainland counterparts.

The booklet contains excellent notes on the sources, plus full sung texts with English translations.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
SAVANT ! 18 Oct. 2011
By PVP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Le Consort Binchois présente un disque qui témoigne de la beauté et la grandeur de la musique jouée quotidiennement dans les chapelles princières du XVe siècle en Angleterre.

Il illustre la variété des types de chants pratiqués alors, dont certains sont réellement virtuoses et éclatants.

Belle sélection de pièces sacrées ou de cérémonies, soit pour le Roi Henri V lui-même, soit pour le Saint patron de la Maison de Lancastre, Jean de Bridlington, ainsi qu'une sélection de motets complexes.

Un livret très savant rédigé par Philip Weller replace cette musique résolument dans son contexte historique.

Excellente formation dirigée par Andrew Kirkman ; belle découverte de deux ténors : Richard Butler, Christopher Watson et un contre ténor quasi céleste : Timothy Travers-Brown

Enregistrement de haute qualité, comme souvent chez Hyperion.
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