• Guillaume Dufay

    THE DUFAY SPECTACLE

    Gothic Voices

    THE DUFAY SPECTACLE 1 cd CKD 568
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In a pageant of versatility featuring France’s greatest pre-Renaissance composer we enter the world of a grand New Year’s Day wedding feast, full of optimism and vision, tempered by playful emotional hardship, the music teasingly exploring the relationship between both, solemnised with some of Dufay’s greatest motets and a festive use of instruments to mark the splendour of the occasion. From this final flourish of the mediaeval era we hear in Dufay’s quintessential Burgundian virtuosity how its musical richness has reached the point when it is about to burst into the new artistry and ideas of the Renaissance. The Dufay Spectacle celebrates this artist’s genius with an eclectic show of frolicking and passionate robustness, plaintive devotional ardour, now with slow, dark rhythms, now upbeat cascades of melody, and thrilling complex rhythms. As the central chanson rings out its New Year’s promise ce jour de l’an is indeed a day to celebrate. Gothic Voices (Catherine King, Steven Harrold, Julian Podger and Stephen Charlesworth) are joined by guests including mezzo-soprano Clare Wilkinson and instrumentalists Jane Achtman, Andrew Lawrence-King, Keith McGowan and Emily White.

GRAMOPHONE Editor's Choice award

"What a pleasure, then, to be able to welcome this Dufay recording as matching all the qualities that made Gothic Voices absolute leaders in the field."
Gramophone