Guillaume Du Fay: Motets, Hymns, Chansons, Sanctus Papale

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Blue Heron is engaged in the exploration of vocal music of the Renaissance and Medieval periods. Putting the study of original sources in the service of persuasive, vivid, and exciting concert presentations, the ensemble is now established as the finest of its type in North America. Based in Boston, and led by Scott Metcalfe, Blue Heron offers a home subscription series in Harvard Square, and a catalog of six exceptional recordings is available on the Blue Heron label. Blue Heron is Renaissance vocal music for the 21st century.

Guillaume Du Fay: Motets, Hymns, Chansons, Sanctus Papale

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Blue Heron (Artist), Guillaume Du Fay (Composer), and Scott Metcalfe (Conductor)

Blue Heron’s debut CD offers an entrancing selection of music by the great 15th-century composer Guillaume Du Fay (c. 1397–1474). The program includes three isorhythmic motets (Apostolo glorioso, Rite majorem Jacobum canamus, and Ecclesie militantis), the glorious, large-scale Sanctus “Papale” in its first recording in three decades, two hymns with alternatim plainchant verses, and a generous sampling of secular songs. While the disc is mostly devoted to the music of Du Fay, it also includes a song by Du Fay’s contemporary Hugo de Lantins (Mon doulx espoir), and a marvelous motet-chanson by his friend and colleague of the next generation Johannes Ockeghem (Permanent vierge). The music was recorded in September 2006 at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill.

  • Audio CD (1 disc)
  • Running time: 73 minutes
  • Released: 2007


"A 14-member group, with three instrumentalists to help out, Blue Heron produces a wonderfully clear sound that is nevertheless not lacking in depth, and the highlights of the recording—in that they display these qualities to perfection—are the so-called ‘Sanctus Papale’ (the Sanctus ‘Ave verum corpus’, possibly written for the consecration of Santa Maria dei Fiore in Florence in 1436) and Rite majorem, in honour of St James. The chansons are also beautifully sung, by smaller groups, but again with a pleasingly full sound. An extremely impressive recorded debut." —Ivan Moody, Early Music

"This debut marks Blue Heron as a leading new actor in the field of early Renaissance music, both for studying the sources and bringing them to life. Altogether, this is one of the finest Dufay collections to come out in recent years." —J. F. Weber, Fanfare

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