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