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The Spirits of England and France, Vol.3

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  • Orchestra: Gothic Voices
  • Conductor: Christopher Page
  • Composer: Anonymous, Gilles de Bins dit Binchois, Byttering, R B Cardot
  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZVU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Qui veut mesdire
2. Amoreux suy
3. Adieu mon amoreuse joye
4. Pour une fois
5. Ay! doloureux
6. Un petit oyeselet
7. Abide, I Hope
8. Laissies ester
9. Se liesse
10. Descendi in ortum meum
11. Gloria
12. Magnificat secundi toni
13. Beata Dei genitrix
14. Se la belle
15. J'ayme bien celui
16. Il m'est avis
17. Exultavit cor in Domino
18. En Katrina solennia

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite discs. If you have an open mind (and ears) I urge you to hear this if only for the pieces by Binchois. He was a contemporary (teacher) of Dufay and has a distinctive melancholy voice. Gothic Voices are on top form and certainly do justice to this magnificent music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Haunting 26 Nov 2000
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Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Gothic Voices recording. The program, entitled "Binchois and his contemporaries," is somewhat eclectic, combining secular and religious pieces of disparate qualities and purposes (including even a piece by Machaut, hardly a Binchois contemporary), but the singing is superb. The singing here is unaccompanied, but the program also includes four songs played on a trio of lutes. The highlight of the disc are two three-part songs by Binchois: Amoreux sui and Ay! doloureux. As far as I'm concerned, these are some of the best love songs ever written. In addition to being hauntingly melodic, these melancholy songs are also characterized by some very interesting chromatic alterations that create, in the words of Christopher Page, a "bitter-sweet" effect. The poignancy of a lost love has rarely been so well captured. Paul Agnew is spectacular as the cantus in Ay! doloureux. Another piece on this disc that deserves a separate mention is Dunstable's three-part Beata Dei genitrix, with the top line expertly sung by Rogers Covey-Crump. Related CD's: Gilles Binchois Mon Souverain Desir/Ens. Gilles Binchois, Virgin Veritas 5 45285 6; and John Dunstable Motets/The Hilliard, Virgin Veritas 5 61342 2. --gggimpy@yahoo.com
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