13th century Paris

Les Escholiers de Paris
Motets, Chansons et Estampies du XIIIe siècle
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Harmonic 9245

This is a superlative program, superlatively performed. It is easily the finest recording devoted to this repertory, and one of the best all-around medieval recordings to be found anywhere.

The sonorites are particularly sparkling here, and all the phrasing seems just right. Even the dances have a special bounce, and the mix of trouvère songs with motets is particularly satisfying.

(The above was last updated in 1998. I'm leaving it there for now.)

To medieval secular list

Todd M. McComb
Updated: 20 January 2014