The Binchois Consort © Johan Beckers
With great enthusiasm we look back on the successful twelfth edition of the festival Voices of Passion.
The Binchois Consort opened the festival in Leuven's St Peter's Church with a program on fifteenth-century English music for St Catherine. The centerpiece was Walter Frye's ingenious three-voice Missa Nobilis et pulchra.
After the recently released CD with music of the forgotten Flemish polyphonist Johannes Tourout in the Alamire Foundation Editions series, the Prague ensemble Cappella Mariana immersed us further in the repertoire of this composer from the West Flemish town of Torhout. The ensemble was also in residence at the Alamire Foundation during the festival as part of a project on Philippe de Monte's Madrigali spirituali.
With La Fonte Musica, we traveled toward the ars subtilior in Italy, where the Liège native Johannes Ciconia resided most of his life.
Huelgas Ensemble focused on the Low Countries with Matthaeus Pipelare's Missa Fors seullement, which was copied in the beautifully illustrated Mechelen Choirbook from the workshop of Petrus Alamire - kept to this day in its hometown.
Ensemble in residence Cappella Pratensis closed the festival with music from the Den Bosch Choirbooks, three manuscripts that also saw the light of day in the atelier of the music calligrapher from which the Foundation takes its name. Including the five-voice Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena by Nicolas Champion, Cappella Pratensis guided us through the rich collection of choirbooks of the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap in 's-Hertogenbosch.