Forestier: Masses

Forestier: Missa Baises moy / Missa L'homme armé
Chicago A Cappella - Jonathan Miller
Centaur 2420


  1. Josquin: Baises moy

  2. Forestier: Missa Baises moy à 4
  3. Kyrie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus / Benedictus
  7. Agnus Dei

  8. Forestier: Missa L'homme armé à 5
  9. Kyrie
  10. Gloria
  11. Credo
  12. Sanctus / Benedictus
  13. Agnus Dei

Performers: Michelle Areyzaga (soprano), Carol Loverde (soprano), Deborah Guscott (alto), Susan Lerner (alto), Trevor Mitchell (tenor), Gerald Virgil (tenor), Matthew Greenberg (baritone), Robert Heitzinger (baritone), Jonathan Miller (bass)

Playing time: 57'

Recording date: January 1998 (Chicago)

Mathurin Forestier (fl.c.1500) has been virtually unknown prior to this recording. There is speculation that he was born around 1470, and that he worked for the French Royal court. Mention in reference works is minimal, and his credited output (3 masses, 2 motets, 4 chansons) in the present liner notes differs with e.g. the New Grove article. At any rate, his style evokes direct comparisons with Josquin and Mouton, and he seems to have been a somewhat younger colleague of theirs. The present masses do survive in multiple copies throughout Europe.

Another recording by the present ensemble:

Palestrina: Music For The Christmas Season
Chicago A Cappella - Jonathan Miller
Centaur 2303

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Todd M. McComb