Tinctoris: Masses

Tinctoris: Missa L'homme armé / Missa Sine nomine
The Clerks' Group - Edward Wickham
Cyprès "Musique en Wallonie" 3608

This music is welcome on record, and features some interesting counterpoint. The polyphonic lines are especially clear in delivery & development, with an open texture which does not become heavy. This is graceful writing, but not "great" writing in terms of capturing the control of forward momentum by Dufay, Ockeghem and others. The 3-voice mass is particularly appealing, presenting something of a summary of that style.

The performance was something of a landmark for the Clerks' Group, with fine articulation and clearly conceived lines. If anything, the rather more forceful style they use here would be welcome in some other subsequent issues, although this does not have quite the command of the material of e.g. their Regis recording.

This continues to be an interesting program, including my opinions of the music. Sometimes I find it kind of lifeless, but other times quite interesting. It would seem to depend on whether I am only listening for entertainment, or if I am revisiting elements of mid-15th century style more broadly speaking. Tinctoris certainly captures the latter.

Either way, an updated performance would be quite welcome, because the approach to ficta here is sometimes kind of grating at this point.

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Todd M. McComb