Nice to find someone else here who enjoys early music! Thanks for the very nice commentary on this recording of Machaut's music.
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Besides his Mass and his narrative poems set to music, his set of 20 or so motets are also in heavy rotation. Early music is much more prevalent in Europe than in the United States. Most recordings are done over there and it is sometimes tough to get the CDs, though both Archiv and Qualiton Imports have a very large selection. And for real bargains the Princeton Record Exchange also seems to have a good deal of this music. Of course, after Machaut, there is Dufay. Dufay's chansons and motets are sublime. They have a much different texture even though they are polyphonic ( usually 4 part with tenor, (des)cantus, motetus, and triplum, though sometimes only 3 part). The crossovers are something of beauty. Machaut, in his Mass, has awe inspiring cross-overs. I find the aesthetic pleasures of 4 part vocal counterpoint something akin to a Beethoven or Schubert string quartet or quintet. Perhaps that is why this early music polyphony is so intriguing to me.
I strongly recommend this Dufay motets recording by the Huelgas Ensemble. Stunning performance of some very beautiful music.
I'm not a fan of Machaut's music but since you mentioned Dufay, wanted to strongly endorse that motets disc.