Date of purchase: November 2017.
First listen: 9-11-2017.
Second listen: 29-1-2018.
Third listen: 28-3-2018.
Recording dates: June 2016.
Venue: Église de Saint Jean l'Evangéliste, Belgium.
Sound engineer: Alexandre Fostier.
Works on this CD:
Works of two composers added on this disc.
Philippe Verdelot & Guillaume Morlaye.
Graindelavoix, Björn Schmelzer.
Lluis Coll i Trulls, Cornetto.
Floris De Rycker, Cetarone, lute, and guitar.
If you have enjoyed Graindelavoix before, there is no need to hesitate, for what you know you get. I felt blasted away at such gorgeous singing and their fresh approach in tackling such a great renaissance master. In his excellent essay Schmelzer explains every detail and I go along with his reasoning. It is such a treat to wander through this music and be flabbergasted at every turn in the road. That makes for exhilarating listening. He knocks every conceivable notion you have from renaissance music out of countenance, and succeeds in surprising you with what he thinks is the right approach. The sheer beauty of "Convien ch'ovunque sua sempre cortese", or "Mentre lumi maggior", makes me gasp with admiration. What a fresh and invigorating wind is blowing with Graindelavoix. The music bursts into your ear, a glittering explosion of sound that scatters its bright rays of light in all directions with wonderful abandon. I think that Graindelavoix has build up an impressive discography over the past few years and established them at the pinnacle of excellence. This new release is again a confirmation in that it represents a different look on the music of old, and can unleash such beauty. Their performance has a distinctive fluidity with grace and conviction, and always flows in the right direction.
State of the Art recording.