Probably originating in a folk song, the tune "L'Homme Armé" was one that every 15th-century composer worth his salt felt impelled to refashion musically. Among them were Antoine Busnois (c. 1430–92), a renowned and influential songwriter in the late Burgundian style. With their unfailing grasp of this period (as heard in their discs of music by Guillaume Dufay), Cantica Symphonia unveils a treasure of the early French Renaissance. A full performance of Busnois's sixth Mass is interspersed with fragments from the preceding five, played instrumentally.
"The singing and sound are truly excellent … a valuable addition to any worthy early music collection."—Audiophile Audition