Codex Chantilly

Codex Chantilly
Bibliothèque du Musée Condé 564
Tetraktys - Kees Boeke
I: Etcetera 1900
II: Etcetera 1905

When the first volume first appeared, I was kind of waiting for subsequent volumes in order to form a fuller opinion of the stylistic choices. That ended up requiring more patience, and the second volume appeared three years later, shortly after I decided to create this entry anyway. At the time, I wondered if I should have expressed more enthusiasm about volume 1, in order to elicit further volumes.

In any case, this is a highly appealing program of Ars Subtilior repertory, performed by musicians with a great deal of experience with the music. Although I find the interpretation a bit static at times, the attention to detail is excellent. Although there is voice-doubling, which I'd prefer to be absent, everything is clearly audible.

The preceding paragraph describes the first volume. The second volume makes some changes to the ensemble, and generally has a quieter sound with less doubling, particularly of the voices. I am not sure which I prefer, but it will be interesting to see how this series progresses.

Will subsequent releases happen more quickly now? I do not know.

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Todd M. McComb