September 2005#05-40 (09/26/05)
We return to the Benedictine Abbey of Chevetogne in Belgium with the latest from their stunning body of recordings, as this unique group continues its mission of uniting the ancient division between western & eastern Christianity through musical service.
CD Info: CD HMA 190567, CD 109/301
Two ensembles--Dialogos and Sequentia--give an idea of a 9th century confrontation that took place between the cantors of the Carolingian emperors and various European regional song traditions (from the Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht 2004).
-Here are the clues--we know that three manuscript masses by the great Dufay are linked--the great, lost, and perhaps first polyphonic Requiem; the St. Anthony of Padua Mass (recorded by The Binchois Consort); and--just possibly--the lost Mass for the early Desert Father St. Anthony Abbot. This week, we hear what the Binchois Consort believes to be the lost masterpiece by Dufay and parts of an Anthony Abbot Mass by Dufay's compatriot, Gilles Binchois.
The superb project on the English Signum label with the Chapelle du Roi conducted by Alistair Dixon is of such high quality, we will continue this week with the three CDs in two sets that finish the series: "Lamentations" and "Instrumental Music and Songs."
Please check back for updates; we are in the process of uploading playlists and shows dating back to the 1990s.