Guillaume Dufay – Jacob Obrecht: Masses

Guillaume Dufay: Missa « Se la face ay pale » – Jacob Obrecht: Missa « Sub tuum praesidium confugimus »
Vienna Chamber Choir with Ensemble of Renaissance Instruments - Hans Gillesberger
Vanguard « The Bach Guild » BG 653 [LP, mono]
Vanguard « The Bach Guild » BGS 70653 [LP, stereo]
Vanguard « The Bach Guild » BGS 5065 [LP]
Vanguard « The Bach Guild - History of Music » HM-2 SD [LP]
Amadeo AVRS 5026 [LP, mono]
Amadeo AVRS 5026 St [LP, stereo]
Amadeo AVRS 12009 [LP]
Vanguard (Arcade) Classics « The Bach Guild » 08 2033 71 [CD, Europe]

Contents:

    Guillaume Dufay: Mass, « Se la face ay pale »
  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus


  5. Agnus Dei

  6. Jacob Obrecht: Mass, « Sub tuum praesidium confugimus »
  7. Kyrie
  8. Gloria
  9. Credo
  10. Sanctus
  11. Agnus Dei

Sources:
Dufay – Biblioteca Vaticana, Cappella Sistina, Ms. 14
Obrecht – Library of Kirchgemeinde St. Annen, Ms. 1126, Annaberg-Buchholz, Erzgebirge, Germany

Performers:
Vienna Chamber Choir - Hans Gillesberger, cond.
Musica Antiqua of Vienna - René Clemencic, dir.

Playing time: 55' 16"

Recording date and site: Brahmssaal, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria [1962?]
Rel.: 1963 (BG-653), 1972 (HM-2)

One of the early recordings of Dufay's most famous mass, along with one of Obrecht's most ambitious compositions. The Missa Sub tuum praesidium starts with three voices in the Kyrie, adding one in every movement to reach a seven-voice Agnus Dei. Along the way, Obrecht also quotes various Marian chants in different voices, creating a complex texture which at times includes four different texts sounding at once.

Precisions for LP recordings from Pierre-F. Roberge.

A later "early" recording of the Dufay mass:

Dufay: Missa Se la face ay pale
Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow
Virgin Veritas Edition 61283

And the other early recording of the Obrecht mass:

Johannes Ockeghem: Missa "Mi-Mi" - Jacob Obrecht: Missa super "Sub tuum praesidium"
Cappella Lipsiensis - Dietrich Knothe
Berlin Classics "Eterna" 0030 762BC

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