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listen  1. Motet: Gaude caelestis Domina 6:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chanson: A une damme j'ay fait veu 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Chanson: Amours nous traitte honnestement / Je m'en voy 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Chanson-Motet: Resjois-toy, terre de France / Rex pacificus 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hymn: Conditor alme siderum 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Missa O Crux lignum: Kyrie: Kyrie 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Missa O Crux lignum: Gloria: Gloria 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Missa O Crux lignum: Credo: Credo 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Missa O Crux lignum: Sanctus: Sanctus 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Missa O Crux lignum: Benedictus: Benedictus 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Missa O Crux lignum: Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Chanson: Ja que li ne s'i attende 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chanson: Vostra beauté / Vous marchez du bout du pié 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Chanson: Est-il merchy de quoy on pueut finer? 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Motet: Incomprehensibilia / Praeter rerum ordinem 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Orlando Consort
  • Composer: Antoine Busnois
  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0006OSE3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This all-Busnois disc is an early music fan's delight, especially as performed by the four accomplished singers of the Orlando Consort, who convey both the purity of Busnois' music and the many surprises lurking within it. The Mass is the "big" work, almost half-an-hour in length. But interest never flags since the music is unfailingly inventive, the voices perfectly matched, the rhythms buoyant. The Mass is preceded and followed by selections of chansons, a hymn, and a pair of motets. In these too, the 15th-century master of polyphony constantly startles with unexpected twists and turns of the long musical lines. His typically adventurous abrupt changes of rhythm, harmonic twists and turns, and pauses for dramatic effect are all rendered with aplomb. Excellent sound. Top-notch production values include a handsome booklet in readable type with texts and translations, even color reproductions of period paintings. --Dan Davis

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Russ on November 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sources indicate that Antonie Busnois (c. 1430-1492) was one of the most significant composers of the late 15th century. Despite this, recordings of his works, which include two masses, as well as numerous motets and chansons, are relatively few. I have seen his works appear on a handful of renaissance music anthologies, but this is the only release, of which I am aware, which solely features the work of Busnois. Busnois was, more or less, a contemporary of Dufay, and there are some similarities between the two composers.

First of all, this music is fantastic, and it appears that Busnois' reputation (that is, during the 15th century) was well deserved. The most notable item on this program is the "Missa O Crux lignum" which is dramatic, yet beautiful, in every regard. Even though the Mass lasts for nearly half an hour it is continuously engaging and is full of beguiling harmonic and rhythmic twists. The same holds true motets and chansons accompanying the Mass. Listen to the lively syncopations in the Chanson "Resjois-toy, terre de france" (Track 4) as an example. Or listen to the rhythmic buoyancy and leaping intervals of "Vostra beautre / Vous marches du bout du pie" (translation: "Your beauty / You are walking on tiptoe") as an additional example of Busnois' inventiveness (Track 13).

As expected from the Orlando Consort, the music is excellently performed and authentically realized (to the best of our present-day knowledge). If you happen to be unfamiliar with this group, the Orlando Consort is a four member vocal ensemble consisting of two tenors, a countertenor and a baritone, specializing in the performance of medieval and renaissance works. The ensemble has a warm sound, where contrasts between the different melodic lines are emphasized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on June 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what else to say. I am in awe of this CD. Both of the works which were unfamiliar to me. Thank God at nearly fifty, there are still great works of serious music that I have not discovered. But the awe is at once for the religious/cultural tradition which produced these great Masses and Motets here. But also for the -- at least to me -- improbable greatness and perfection of the performances. You see I remember very well going to the National Cathedral here in DC to here the Hilliard fellows, and their ever-so-studied take on the sexless English choir sound, which did not move me one bit. So many have been taken in by that "white" sound, that gutless and non-visceral musical hermeneutic, that one despairs of ever hearing great religious music sung by first rate singers who also happen to have balls. 'Cause I got news for ya'-- balls have sound.

The Orlando Consort sings the works of Busnois with such precision and sexy strength that it is utterly awesome. From start to finish this sounds like the most spiritual music imaginable, and yet you never forget that these are men singing. These works are so gorgeous that it is heartbreaking in their strength. Yet the performances and the sense that the voices are captured at a peak pushes this to the level of a spiritual marriage of flesh and soul.

After that apotheosis of superlatives, I have to end on some comic relief. I went to see what was on the online video site by the Orlando Consort. I came across a video of them singing a Josquin piece. Leaving aside their great talent for the moment, I have to register the hilarity of the scene captured there.
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I pretty much must echo what the two previous reviewers have already written. I listen to early vocal music on a casual basis, and I'm nowhere near being nowhere near an expert, but this disc is on my shelf along with Dufay and Binchois and other composers of the Franco-Flemish School. Two motets and several chanson are spread across this disc, with the Missa O Crux lignum more or less in the middle. The former elements are marvelous, and the mass is exquisite. The voices of the Orlando Consort, both singly and in concert, are quite heavenly. This is a keeper.
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