New York Polyphony’s first disc for acclaimed record label BIS Records explores rare and never-before-recorded masterpieces of the Franco-Flemish Renaissance by composers Crecquillon, Brumel and Clemens non Papa. The program concludes with Jackson Hill’s brilliant paraphrase of Machaut’s 14th century rondeau, ’My end is my beginning,’ commissioned by the ensemble in 2009.
endBeginning was named one of the Top Ten Notable Classical CDs of 2012 by The New Yorker and received a 10-out-of-10 rating by Classics Today.
To learn more, view the 'making of' video courtesy of BIS Records.
- “The fact is, however closely you want to analyze the sound and the performance, you’ll find nothing but reasons to keep listening—and plenty to support an argument for New York Polyphony’s preeminence among today’s male vocal ensembles.”
David Vernier, Classics Today
- “…a gorgeous and reflective program.”
Deceptive Cadence, NPR
- “This recording is a must for fans of Renaisance or contemporary polyphony.”
Early Music America
- “…the quartet demonstrates a sovereign and expressive mastery of the vocal art of a capella, with a deep and generous bass and and a countertenor both flexible and without any acidity.”
- “This is a beautifully conceived, performed and produced release…”
- “…an intelligently designed program, showing the brilliant potential of the ensemble New York Polyphony.”