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Alexander Agricola: Missa In Myne Zyn

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Alexander Agricola, born in Ghent, was not only a contemporary of Josquin Desprez but also one of the most exciting composers of his period. Of his eight Masses that have survived, the Missa in myne zyn is the most demanding to perform and the most elaborate, making use of every possible technique to include the thematic material of Agricola's own three-part song In myne zyn. The secular pieces recorded here lend themselves particularly well to the techniques of ornamentation and improvisation that the composer himself suggests. The Capilla Flamenca has long advocated the use of a group of soloists for the performance of polyphonic music; Agricola's compositions suit the ensemble to perfection.

"The Mass is enormous, even lacking a Kyrie, but the superb Capilla Flamenca, no strangers to this repertoire or to this composer, separate the sections with a series of motets and songs in exuberant, driven performances, employing violas da gamba." -Gramophone


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