Oh holy peace,
This review is from: Missa L'homme armé - Supremum est mortalibus bonum (Audio CD)
This magnificent CD contains besides the Missa, also the song ‘L’homme armé’ which G. Dufay used as cantus firmus and, importantly, the motet ‘Supremum est mortalibus bonum’.
The text of the motet ‘Supremum’ is still of utmost relevance today: ‘Peace is the supreme good of mankind. In a time of true peace the excellence of law and the constancy of justice flourish. In peacetime, day passes in joy and night in calm sleep … the plough dwells securely on the land.’
Christians sing rather automatically the texts of the Masses. But, what did the Christian sects really do or what happened really on earth with the following words: ‘peace on earth to those of goodwill’ (Gloria), ‘father of the poor, come light our hearts’ and ‘cleanse that which is unclean’ (Veni Sancte Spiritus) or ‘grant us peace’ and ‘you take away all the sins of the world’ (Agnus Dei)?
G. Dufay’s music shines through its beautiful polyphonic melodies, its sophisticated imitations (Kyrie, Sanctus – Hosanna in excelsis), its alternations of crescendos and more ethereal sequences, and its subtle rhythmic changes (Gloria, Credo).
The music is sublimely performed by the Oxford Camerata under Jeremy Summerly.
A must for all lovers of classical music.