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Exceptional vocal talent dulled by the recording quality,
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This review is from: Machaut: La Messe de Nostre Dame; Songs from Le Voir Dit (Audio CD)
I've now probably got something like eight or nine recordings of Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame, one of the treasures of early music, in fact of all music anywhere and of any time - frankly I've lost count. This could have been in the top rank of them - there are after all some talented vocalists performing including the fabulous countertenor Robin Blaze - yet it falls short because of the diffuse and misty sound quality in the recording. I note that the recording was made in Reims cathedral, the same venue as Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge used in their recording, yet that latter recording feels infinitely clearer.
A different group of vocalists appears on the second half of the disc presenting songs from "Le Voir Dit". Again, a decent collection of vocalists let down a bit by less than perfect sound quality, this time in a studio recording environment.
For the Mass in particular, my top three, in that order, are the Ensemble Gilles Binchois Machaut: Sacred & Secular Songs, Messe de Notre Dame, Diabolus in Musica Guillame de Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame and Ensemble Organum Machaut: Mass de Notre Dame.
If you want to hear some of Machaut's secular songs performed and recorded in superior releases, there is the Ensemble Gilles Binchois boxed set as above on discs 2 & 3, plus the Orlando Consort Machaut: Chansons and Hilliard Ensemble Guillaume de Machaut - Motets.