15th century songs

The Spirits of England and France - III
Binchois and his Contemporaries
Gothic Voices - Christopher Page
Hyperion 66783
Hyperion Helios 55283


  1. Binchois: Qui veut mesdire (3 lutes)
  2. Binchois: Amoreux suy (3 voices)
  3. Binchois: Adieu mon amoreuse joye (3 voices)
  4. Cardot: Pour une fois (3 lutes)
  5. Binchois: Ay! doloureux (3 voices)
  6. Gilet Velut: Un petit oyselet (3 lutes)
  7. Anon: Abide, I hope (3 voices)
  8. Velut: Laissies ester (3 voices)
  9. Johannes Legrant: Se liesse (3 lutes)
  10. Johannes de Lymburgia: Descendi in ortum meum (3 voices)
  11. Power: Gloria (6 voices)
  12. Binchois: Magnificat secundi toni (3 voices)
  13. Dunstable: Beata Dei genitrix (3 voices)
  14. Binchois: Se la belle (3 voices)
  15. Pierre Fontaine: J'ayme bien celui (3 voices)
  16. Machaut: Il m'est avis (4 voices)
  17. Anon: Exultavit cor in Domino (2 voices)
  18. Bittering: En Katerina solennia / Virginalis concio / Sponsus amat sponsum (3 voices)

Performers: Catherine King, Margaret Philpot, Rogers Covey-Crump, Paul Agnew, Steven Harrold, Julian Podger, Leigh Nixon, Stephen Charlesworth, Henry Wickham, Shirley Rumsey (lute), Christopher Wilson (lute), Christopher Page (lute)

Playing time: 67'

Recording date: March 1995

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 19/4- (Mar./Apr. 1996); 33/3-342 (January / February 2010)

This recording emphasizes Binchois and his contemporaries (excluding Dufay). Whereas Dufay traveled widely and spent an extended period in Italy, Binchois spent his entire creative life in Burgundy. Also included are some contemporaneous sacred pieces.

Gothic Voices' earlier recordings of 15th century songs:

The Garden of Zephirus
Courtly songs of the early fifteenth century
Gothic Voices - Christopher Page
Hyperion 66144
The Castle of Fair Welcome
Courtly songs of the later 15th century
Gothic Voices - Christopher Page
Hyperion 66194

An important collection of songs from the middle of the 15th century:

Le Chansonnier Cordiforme
Consort of Musicke - Anthony Rooley
L'Oiseau Lyre (Japan) POCL-3170 (3 CDs)

Finally, some other interesting secular-sacred programs from this era:

Music in Flemish Cities and Beguignages 1400-1500
Capilla Flamenca
Eufoda 1266
Le Banquet du Voeu, 1454
Music at the Court of Burgundy
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Virgin Veritas 59043
Guillaume Dufay and Burgundy
Capella Sancti Michaelis / Currende Consort - Erik Van Nevel
Eufoda 1169
L'Arbre de Mai
Chansons et danses au temps de Guillaume Dufay
Ensemble Allégorie
Alpha 054

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Todd M. McComb