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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released May 31, 2019 | Evidence

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice
After 40 years of activities, more than 50 recordings and some 1000 concerts, the Ensemble Gilles Binchois still develop its inquiring generosity. Dominique Vellard and his musicians make all eras become contemporary. Indeed, if the core of its concerns is somewhere between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Ensemble sang everything from Gregorian chant to the religious repertoire of the nineteenth century. Today they guide our ears towards the shores of the Mediterranean, where an intense artistic vitality grew between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. After Machaut’s model, the composers attached to the court of Avignon, Barcelona and Cyprus, show ingenuity and imagination: their motets and masses are the ground of rhythmic and melodic finds. To draw a complete portrait the Ensemble Gilles Binchois perform pieces of plain-song and instrumental compositions with two vielles and a medieval mandolin. First milestone of its 40th anniversary, this new record lets the South sun shine thanks to the voices of its singers and the timbre of the ancient strings. © Evidence
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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | Evidence

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Classical - Released June 12, 2006 | Ambroisie

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released December 31, 1999 | Cantus Records

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Classical - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | Cantus Records

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Classical - Released December 31, 2002 | Cantus Records

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Classical - Released December 31, 2001 | Cantus Records

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Classical - Released June 12, 2006 | Ambroisie

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Classical - Released December 31, 2001 | Cantus Records

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Classical - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released July 1, 2010 | Glossa

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What is known as Gregorian chant seems static and timeless today, and to an extent it was. One of the important political developments of the Middle Ages was the spread of what became the Holy Roman Empire, and among its reforms was the standardization of chant: with a few prominent exceptions, monks in France, Germany, and Italy would sing the same music. But the musical notation that helped make this standardization possible also helped fuel a new spirit of creativity in the forms of the sequence (original poetic-musical compositions incorporated into the celebration of Mass) and trope (chunks of added material providing commentary or gloss on an existing chant). This album by the Ensemble Gilles Binchois under Dominique Vellard, with full translations into English, German, and French of the original Latin texts, is devoted to sequences and tropes from the monastery of St. Gallen, now in Switzerland, composed in the ninth and tenth centuries C.E. Some of these pieces are among the earliest in the Western tradition with a single named composer, mostly Notker of St. Gallen, also known as Notker the Stammerer. The program is organized according to feast days (the opening "Gallus" is the feast day of the Irish saint for whom the monastery was named), with from one to four chants for each one. For the listener unfamiliar with these genres, both the sequence and trope techniques are demonstrated unusually clearly. There's an idea of how polyphony -- a musical expansion on chant -- would spring from the ground prepared by works like these a century or so later, and comparing the mode of expression in both music and text of the new pieces helps attune the ear to the differing qualities of chants in general. An excellent chant release for the generalist.
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Classical - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released October 1, 2010 | Glossa

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