Dufay: L'alta bellezza

 
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GUILLAUME DUFAY
Dufay: L'alta bellezza
Alta Bellezza; Ann Allen; Hanna Geisel; Nathaniel Wood

[ Arcana / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 12 November 2021

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In this debut release, the ensemble ALTA BELLEZZA traces the footsteps of 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay through Italy, Savoy and his Burgundian homeland. Considered the most illustrious composer of his generation, Dufay was employed by several popes, and by noble families including the Malatesta, the Este and the court of Savoy while maintaining close ties to the court of the Burgundian duke Philip the Good, renowned in its day as the finest court in Europe. ALTA BELLEZZA brings Dufay's music to vibrant life on wind instruments of his day such as shawms, slide trumpets and bagpipes - the standard instrumental ensemble of the 15th century. This formation, known today as the "Alta Capella", projected elegance, pomp and splendor at courts and in cities throughout Europe. Alongside refined renditions of chansons by Dufay and his contemporaries Binchois and Vide, the trio graces the 21st century with music from the Brussels Basse Danse manuscript in their own distinctive arrangements, rooted in improvisatory practices of the era.

Tracks:

Resveilles vous et faites chiere lye
Amours merchi
Puisque vous estez campieur
Vergene Bella
Je me complains pitieusement
Quel fronte signorille
He, compaignons, resvelons nous
Triste plaisir
Basse Danse "Triste plaisir" (arr. Hanna Geisel)
Victimae paschali laudes
Las, j'ai perdu mon espintel
Se la face ay pale
L'alta bellezza tua virtute valore
Ce jour de l'an
Dueil angoisseus
La Danse de Cleves (arr. Nathaniel Wood)
Basse Danse "Avignon" (arr. Alta Bellezza)