Music for the 100 Years' War

Music for the 100 Years' War

by Binchois Consort



For the Binchois Consort's 2017 survey of late Medieval and early Renaissance music, the 100 Years' War provides a context to bring together anonymous motets and works by known composers of the period, such as Johannes Alanus, John Forest, Leonel Power, and John Dunstaple, as well as to connect their music to significant historical figures and events. Spanning the years from 1337 to 1457, and affecting England, France, and the Netherlands, the war was essentially a conflict between the Plantagenets and the Valois over the French throne, leading to the Battle of Agincourt, which is celebrated in the "Agincourt Carol" near the close of this album. But the bulk of the program concentrates on sacred music that, however it may be linked to royal and religious figures of the time, is perhaps of greatest significance to English listeners. The Binchois Consort, directed by Andrew Kirkman, has structured the album and the liner notes around saints Edmund the Martyr and Thomas Becket, who both predated the war, and kings Edward III, Henry V, and Henry VI, who were central to it, but the chronology isn't exact, and the beauty of the music transcends the album's historical framework. The performances are marvelous in their fluid lines and pure intonation, and the recording in Ascot Priory, Berkshire gives the small group of singers clarity and a halo-like resonance.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2017
Label: Hyperion Uk
UPC: 0034571281704
catalogNumber: 68170
Rank: 134536


  1. Kyrie... Domine miserere - Ab inimicis nostris (Pepys MS)
  2. Gaude martyr / Collaudemus venerates / [Celestium contemplator]
  3. De flore martyrum / Deus tuorum militum / [Ave rex gentis Anglorum]
  4. Opem nobis, o Thoma / Salve, Thoma / [Pastor cesus]
  5. Pastor cesus in gregis medio, Magnificat antiphon
  6. Gloria 'Ad Thome memoriam'
  7. Ianuam quam clauserat / Iancintus in saltibus / [Iacet granum], motet

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