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Josquin: Masses - Malheur me bat, Fortuna desperata / Phillips, Tallis Scholars

Album Summary

>Desprez, Josquin : Missa "Malheur me bat", for 4 parts
>Desprez, Josquin : Missa "Fortuna Desperata," for four parts
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Notes & Reviews:

"I had to check to make sure this was in fact a brand new release - and it is, the fourth CD in the group's projected complete Josquin Mass cycle... As we expect by now, the Tallis Scholars offer first-class ensemble-work (informed by uncompromising scholarship) in characteristically ingratiating performances that always leave us satisfied that we've just heard the most exacting and sincerely "authentic" rendition possible by modern singers--and given that neither of these Masses has been oft-recorded, here we have the additional assurance of near-exclusivity. When you hear this music you are transported: there is no modern equivalent to the soaring melodic lines, the complex polyphonic textures, or to the music's deeply entwined, signature religious character. This is music that moves listeners on the same deeply spiritual level as Bach's greatest works, and it certainly deserves to be heard more widely (if only there were readily available performing editions!). The sound, from one of this group's favored venues--the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford--is just perfect. Don't hesitate." -Classics Today (10/10)



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Works Details

>Desprez, Josquin : Missa "Malheur me bat", for 4 parts
  • Running Time: 39 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Desprez, Josquin : Missa "Fortuna Desperata," for four parts
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1470-1485