Binchois: Chansons

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Binchois: Chansons
Ensemble Gilles Binchois - Dominique Vellard
Virgin Veritas 45285

This is one of those "ideal" combinations of repertory and performers which is pure gold as soon as it's conceived. Although the program is missing some of Binchois' greatest songs, since they appear on other programs by this ensemble, the recital still makes a big impact. This program becomes increasingly potent.

This is a very stately, melancholy performance. There is a very thorough understanding of Binchois' idiom, and the textures and phrasing work out well. As always with this ensemble, the singing is very articulate. The countertenor performances took a little longer to warm up to, but ultimately they join the other singing as among the most impressive in this repertory. The array of plucked strings can also be particularly compelling.

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Todd M. McComb