Matteo da Perugia: Chansons

Matteo da Perugia: Chansons
Tetraktys - Kees Boeke
Etcetera 1918

This welcome, new program devoted to Matteo develops the style that Tetraktys has been pursuing for some time now, particularly in their recent Chantilly Codex series.

Some writers believe that so much of Matteo's music survives for reasons other than quality per se (such as his links to the antipope), but there is still a lot to like. It's generally more consonant, less free-wheeling than some other Ars Subtilior music, but it's differently conceived from e.g. Dufay's shift to more emphasis on thirds. Studies also suggest that he wrote most of his own poetry, which was less common by that period.

In any case, Boeke in particular has been performing this music for decades now, and continues to refine the style. The result is quite sophisticated & enjoyable.

This album really proves Matteo's skills as a composer. The sophisticated interpretation is absolutely critical to that.

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Todd M. McComb