vrijdag 11 februari 2011

Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre-Dame (Ducretet Thomson, 1955)

Guillaume de Machaut (1300 à 1305 - 1377): Frans componist en dichter; kanunnik van de kapittels te Verdun, Arras en Reims. Belangrijkste componist van de Ars Nova.

Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre-Dame, du sacre de Charles V
1  Kyrie   10:47
2  Gloria   5:05
3  Credo   7:12
4  Sanctus   3:28
5  Beneductus   1:43
6  Agnus Dei   3:58
7  Ite Missa est   2:42
Jean Archimbaud, sopraniste; Pierre Deniau, haute-contre; Georges Cathelat, ténor; Eugène Bousquet, baryton; Marcel Vigneron, basse
Ensemble vocal et instrumental, direction: Roger Blanchard
LP 25 cm: Ducretet Thomson 270C 085 (LD 1465/6)
Opname 28-03-1955

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12 opmerkingen:

  1. Oh, fantastic, I am REALLY looking forward to hearing this! Thank you SO much! Nick

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  2. It's quite intense! Fascinating, thank you again, Nick

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  3. Oh oh oh !!!!! Fantastic, fantastic - brilliant - downloading urgently, I am SO looking forward to this! (I see they are singing the de Van edition - I assume you've heard the parts of the Mass, recorded by de Van, available on the CHARM site?)

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  4. Nice, that's why we're doing this! I hope you enjoy the Mass! Greetz,
    Satyr

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  5. I've been playing this on my iPod all morning, and walking around with a big silly smile on my face! The library where I borrowed so much music when I was growing up didn't spend much on medieval music, so the recordings I found were all a bit old, and the style was like this.

    I love it. The brass taking the little melismas or paragraph-marks in the Credo, for instance, and also so beautifully in the Benedictus; elegant & natural-sounding. What a joy to hear the nine-fold Kyrie! I don't think I've ever heard a recording that does it 'properly', they usually interpolate plainsong despite Machaut's markings; and I'm certain I've never heard a three-fold Ite at the end - that was a big surprise!

    It's so much looser and more celebratory than Safford Cape's almost contemporary recording - which is scholarly but a little dull, I thought... I believe there is a recording out there somewhere by the Dessoff Choirs under Paul Boepple; I just remembered I have one of their Josquin LPs I haven't played for 30 years, must see if I can locate it, but I've never found their Machaut LP :-(

    But I live in hope. After finding this wonderful record, I just know someone somewhere will have a copy of the Boepple!!!!!!

    Thank you for making my day, Satyr. This, and then the latest Auriacombe post. I feel like I've gone to heaven!

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  6. Inspired to actually look for a copy of the roughly-contemporary Dessoff Choirs version of the Messe de Nostre Dame, I googled - and found one in 30 seconds on the European Archive!! If you haven't already heard & compared it with the Blanchard (and Safford Cape) performances of similar 1950s vintage, now you can...

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  7. I loved this: the only time I've heard the nine-fold Kyrie Machaut asks for, and the only time I've heard a three-fold Ite, very odd & surprising but a good solid ending. The brass 'paragraph marks' in the Credo (and beautifully in the Benedictus) work so well too. I prefer this looser & celebratory performance to Safford Cape's contemporary recording, which seems to me a bit academic and dull; and it beats the Dessoff recording, which has similar (but less good) brass work, on sound quality & sheer joie-de-vivre - as well as that Kyrie!

    Thank you so much for this, it really made my week!!

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  8. I'm very glad you enjoy the recording so much, and thanks for your thorough music comment!

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  9. Hello would it be possible to reupload this for me or provide me with a link? Thank Friend in MUsic.

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  10. Hi Satyr: Just in case you are interested, I found a dozen or so old Bach Guild LPs from the late 50s & 60s reissued on Amazon as a download here - Dessoff Choirs, the Prager Madrigalisten under Miroslav Venhoda, Jeremy Noble's Josquin Choir, Denis Stevens & the Accademia Monteverdiana ... Sound quality is indifferent, but a great chance to re-hear some of the old 'classic' LPs which introduced the Renaissance to that generation, at a ridiculously small price!!

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    1. Thanks David! And nice for everyone who is interested!

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