"Vasilissa ergo gaude" - with these words begins the earliest motet by the Burgundian composer Guillaume Du Fay. But "Vasilissa" (or "Basilea") is an ambiguous word and means "queen" in Greek: the work was dedicated to the prospective queen Cleofa from the house of the Malatesta of Pesaro. With the first performance on the occasion of her marriage, she was seen off to Constantinople.
Like this one, most of Du Fay's motets can be linked to a very specific occasion. Here the spirit of the early Renaissance wafts through the sophisticated sound building of the late Gothic. The clarity of the naked voices of the ReRenaissance Ensemble, featuring Tessa Roos, Hanna Marti, Loïc Paulin, Simon MacHale, and Jed Allen, promises a unique listening experience.
Tessa Roos - vocals, direction
Hanna Marti, Loïc Paulin, Simon MacHale and Jed Allen - vocals
Coordination: Marc Lewon
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