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St James the Greater.
The Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS.Douce.112
Track(s) taken from CDH55272
Recording details: July 1997
Rickmansworth Masonic School Chapel, United Kingdom
Produced by David Skinner
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 4 minutes 31 seconds

'This is Dufay as I have always wanted to hear him. [It] is as close to a perfect Dufay CD as I have ever heard … so utterly compelling is this recording that I can imagine it acquiring cult status' (Gramophone)

'Superb' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This recording … deserves a renewed life as the only currently available recording, not only for the significance of this Mass among the works of Dufay, but also for the sensitivity of Kirkman's approach to a musical style that sits on the cusp of the Middle Ages and Renaissance' (American Record Guide)

'Cette interprétation est pétrie d'une humanité confondante qui m'a laissé coi' (Répertoire, France)

'La vitalité et l'éclat sont magnifiquement rendus dans cette interprétation anglo-saxonne qui impose un bel équilibre entre l'euphorie sensuelle habituelle de ses chœurs a cappella et le dynamisme d'une lecture expressive et claire' (Diapason, France)

Balsamus et munda cera
first performed 7 April 1431
author of text

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