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Johannes Ockeghem: Requiem; Bert Sorensen: Fragments of Requiem

Audio Samples

>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
>Ockeghem, Johannes : Missa pro defunctis

Album Summary

>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
>Ockeghem, Johannes : Missa pro defunctis
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The 500 years that separate Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-97) and Danish composer Bent Sørensen (b. 1958) seem to disappear in this extraordinary Requiem which is a totality integrated both dramatically and musically; a work that unites the stylistic contrasts in a mode of expression that seems at once timeless and entirely present. The project has been initiated by conductor Paul Hillier and interpreted by his GRAMMY-winning ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen. "Everything Paul Hillier touches turns into choral gold" - New York Times

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
There should be no doubt that Hillier's direction is both informed and quite effective. In only a few passages is the ensemble ever-soslightly off; balance and tempos are all well considered. For the Ockeghem, this stems from his direction of the recording by The Hilliard Ensemble in 1985 (EMI 49213), and he has made a number of well-received recordings of contemporary choral works from the Baltic region.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Sørensen is a gifted composer and Hillier cannot be faulted for working with him. Yet the result, beautifully sung as it is...

MusicWeb International
One of those recordings which haunts the memory and brings you back, wondering, 'was it really like that... ?' Earworm alert for the sensitive - this may end up inhabiting your dreams more than you expected.



Reviews

Early music augmented
Mixing music from the earliest polyphonic Requiem setting with contemporary compositions, this is not the kind of thing I would have expected to like (but I did!). Bent Sorensen was commissioned by conductor Paul Hillier to assemble some music he had already written, and to compose more, to fill out the missing bits of Ockeghem's "Missa pro defunctis" into a complete concert piece. (In his earlier recording, appropriate plainchants were used for the missing movements.) The new music is not a pastiche of the old; it is clearly in its own style--though both draw at times from the even older chant. Sorensen's additions sound to me relatively austere at first, but become more dissonant as the work goes on. Director and chorus are equally at home in early music and modern, and are presented in state-of-the-art sound. Texts, translations, notes on the composer and the project.
Submitted on 05/02/13 by Jim D. 
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>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen
  • Running Time: 27 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Ockeghem, Johannes : Missa pro defunctis
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 32 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450-1480

>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 27 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Ockeghem, Johannes : Missa pro defunctis
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 32 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450-1480

>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 27 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Ockeghem, Johannes : Missa pro defunctis
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 32 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1450-1480

>Sorensen, Bent : Fragments of Requiem, for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Running Time: 27 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral