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Power / Dunstaple: Masses and Motets
 
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Power / Dunstaple: Masses and Motets

2 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd./Virgin Classics
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  • Total Length: 1:46:33
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  • ASIN: B007QTNZEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,989 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2012
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Thankfully there is an increasing appreciation of the contribution of English composers to the development of Renaissance music. It's only been recently that scholarship has indicated that the cantus firmus technique and the addition of the fourth voice were in fact English rather than Continental inventions, as evidenced by anonymous masses from the 1440's (see Gothic Voices' Spirits Of England & France Vol.4 (Missa Caput) & Spirits Of England & France Vol.5 (Missa Veterem Hominem)).

The importance of earlier English composers who influenced their contemporaries at the Burgundian courts such as Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois and who in their turn inspired the whole series of Franco-Flemish composers has however been well known - these continentals wrote in praise of "la contenance angloise" - but recordings of such works have been sparse relative to those of the European musicians.

This re-release of two Hilliard Ensemble discs recorded in the early 1980s is therefore particularly welcome. These recordings respectively present works by two of the greatest names in the early 15th century flowering of English music, Leonel Power and John Dunstable (or Dunstaple).

Power, active from at least the early 1420's to his death in 1445, may have been the first composer to write a complete mass cycle (four movements without a Kyrie as was often the case in early polyphonic masses), the Missa "Alma Redemptoris Mater" here on this recording, using the cantus firmus technique.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jon atack on 11 July 2012
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I'm going to give this five stars because the Dunstaple - or Dunstable, if you prefer - is one of the rare glimpses into the work of one of the most influential composers of his time. He transformed the way that composers thought about polyphony and put the English composers into the forefront (though he actually spent most of his time in France). I've had an earlier release for some years and I still play it regularly. The Hilliard Ensemble have long been a standard by which other early music choirs can be judged. Their versions of Lassus, Palestrina and Gombert are simply superb. With the Hilliards, each part is performed with a single voice, which gives great clarity and demands that every voice be perfect. Which they are. The Power is also significant, but sounds just a little thin - I would have given it four stars on its own.
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