Antoine Busnois

"This all-Busnois disc is an early music fan's delight, especially as performed by the four accomplished singers of the Orlando Consort, who convey both the purity of Busnois' music and the many surprises lurking within it."
—Dan Davis,

"...the centrepiece of this carefully designed collection, all of it beautifully sung by the all-male Orlando Consort, is the mass O Crux Lignum."
—Andrew Clements, Guardian Unlimited - March 2005

"The performances are what we have come to expect from the fine singers of the Orlando Consort: warm, vibrant, and precise...The fine performances of the Orlando Consort bring to life Busnois’ exquisite music, which has been underrepresented in recent recordings."
—Deborah Kauffman, Opera Today

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What am I listening to?

You are listening to O tres piteulx / Omnes amici 'Lamentatio sancte matris ecclesie Constantinopolitane', a track from our latest release on Hyperion of music by Guillaume Dufay, one of the most important composers of the fifteenth century. It is a lament on the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. It's one of the group's favourite pieces, a gentle and affecting piece that features both French and Latin texts, the latter from the Book of Lamentations. You can hear more on the Hyperion website, read the engaging liner notes, and order or download tracks or the entire album in a number of formats.