The Dufay Spectacle | Linn CKD568

The Dufay Spectacle

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD568

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 20th April 2018

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About

Following its Linn debut which saw the ‘revitalisation of an iconic group’ (Choir & Organ), Gothic Voices presents The Dufay Spectacle, featuring special guest Andrew Lawrence-King.

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.

Throughout its career Gothic Voices has been world-renowned for the excellence, refinement and spirituality of its performances of medieval music. Originally founded in 1980 by the scholar and musician Christopher Page, Gothic Voices has gone on to release over twenty recordings, three of which won the coveted Gramophone Early Music Award. With imaginative programmes using voices in varying combinations to produce authoritative performances of great beauty, Gothic Voices has won the appreciation of audiences all over the world. Gothic Voices’ wonderfully evocative sound world resulted in over a million sales of its debut featuring the music of Hildegard of Bingen.

‘These performances are nothing short of amazing for their unanimity of ensemble, perfectly blended tone, and flawless intonation.’ – American Record Guide

‘The membership of Gothic Voices has changed over the years, but the present four singers have lost nothing of the group's original purity and fine sense of balance.’ – Financial Times

Reviews

Adding glory to the occasion are five of [Dufay’s] motets, presented in what seem to me the most intelligent and musically transparent performances. Here the influence of Andrew Lawrence-King seems important, not just because he plays so many different instruments but because he has the neat idea of adding a 16 foot pitch only at crucial points within the motets: others have done this before but never with the same restraint, intelligence and musical power. ... To mention all the glorious details here would break the banks of this review but I cannot avoid mentioning the marvellously experienced singing of Catherine King and her duetting with Steven Harrold: that is seriously classy. And the entire package is beautifully assembled by Linn.  David Fallows
Gramophone July 2018
The four singers of Gothic Voices, the mezzo Clare Wilkinson and a quartet of instrumentalists seem perfectly attuned to Dufay’s intoxicatingly elegant, graceful style.
The Sunday Times
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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