Tinctoris (c.1430-1511) was famous as the author of the first musical dictionary
and for numerous theoretical treatises, less so for his compositions. He
was choirmaster in Orleans Cathedral, subsequently director of the royal
household in Naples.
These two of his four Masses are receiving their first recordings. The 3-voice
Sine nomine has a low countertenor extra manum which descends to the low
Bb, darkening the texture. The famous tune is well in evidence in the other,
four part mass setting. This is unusual in having additional words (tropes)
in the Kyrie and Sanctus.
Edward Wickham's line up is unusual, two altos (one of them female), two
tenors, two baritones and two sonorous basses. The notes (translated from
the French) are not quite as clear as in the ASV series. Sound is good and
it is a recommendable CD, as are all those of The Clerks' Group.
Peter Grahame Woolf