Pérotin & L'École de Notre Dame

Pérotin & L'École de Notre Dame, 1160-1245
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Ambroisie 9947

This latest Notre Dame program returns to repertory in which Ensemble Gilles Binchois had already had notable success in each of the two previous decades. Here, not only are more of Perotin's major works recorded for the first time (by the present ensemble), but there is a more aggressive rhythmic style buoyed by experience. Whereas their previous recording remains highly appealing for its smoothness, the greater angularity expressed here is a welcome addition to the Notre Dame discography.

This disc was named my EM Record of the Year for 2004. In the meantime, if anything, the performance has become more spine-tingling. While perhaps not apparent at first glance, behind all the sophistication, this is an electric look at the Notre Dame repertory.

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Todd M. McComb