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Jean Richafort: Requiem - works by Josquin Des Préz, Benedictus Appenzeller, Jheronimus Vinders, Nicolas Gombert / Cinquecento

Audio Samples

>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes, nappes/Circumdederunt me, song for 6 parts
>Desprez, Josquin : Faulte d'argent, canonic chanson for 5 voices
>Richafort, Jean : Requiem Mass
>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, lament for 5 parts
>Appenzeller, Benedictus : Musae Jovis
>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
>Gombert, Nicolas : Musae Jovis for 6 voices
>Vinders, Jerome (Jheronimus) : O mors inevitabilis (Lamentatio super morte Josquin des Pres)

Album Summary

>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes, nappes/Circumdederunt me, song for 6 parts
>Desprez, Josquin : Faulte d'argent, canonic chanson for 5 voices
>Richafort, Jean : Requiem Mass
>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, lament for 5 parts
>Appenzeller, Benedictus : Musae Jovis
>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
>Gombert, Nicolas : Musae Jovis for 6 voices
>Vinders, Jerome (Jheronimus) : O mors inevitabilis (Lamentatio super morte Josquin des Pres)
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This release presents music associated with the renaissance master Josquin Des Prez, a composer who towers above all others in the first part of the sixteenth century. Numerous works that were attributed to him have now been proven to be by his contemporaries and successors, including the central work on this recording, Jean Richafort's expansive and beautiful Requiem. It is performed with affecting clarity by the all-male vocal group Cinquecento, whose many previous discs of Renaissance repertoire for Hyperion have garnered the highest critical praise. Booklet notes by Stephen Rice, an acknowledged authority on this repertoire, place the music in its historical context and decode the mysteries of its composition.

The Guardian, July 2012 ***
A sense of intricacy, of allusive layers within layers in the work, is constantly present in Richafort's homage. Cinquecento preface their rather austere performance with the two source works, and follow it with a group of laments from the years after Josquin's death...It's a thoughtfully planned collection, which repays very careful attention.

International Record Review, September 2012
The balance is perfect and the medloci lines are absolutely clear, so that every detail of Richafort's remarkable contrapuntal writing can be heard...If I could nominate this recording as 'Outstanding' twice over, I would do so, for I have run out of superlatives. It is, quite simply, sublime.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
Their sound has a magic of its own...this ought to win Cinquecento new supporters.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
Cinquecento captures the work's meditative quality to profound effect, the all-male vocal ensemble creating an aptly plangent sonority and a tone of high seriousness. Using just six singers, one to a part, allows for lucid, detailed textures and chamber-music intimacy, yet, by exploiting their chest voices and the acoustic's natural reverberence, the group can also produce all the opulence and bloom of a much larger ensemble.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Steven Rice's booklet notes are extensive and informative; and, as always, Hyperion offers full texts and translations. On the earlier recording, Van Nevel included three motets and three chansons by Richafort as filler. I would strongly recommend both of these recordings to any lover of Renaissance music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes, nappés/Circumdederunt me, song for 6 parts
  • Ensemble: Cinquecento
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Faulte d'argent, canonic chanson for 5 voices
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1522

>Richafort, Jean : Requiem Mass
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1532

>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, lament for 5 parts
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1497

>Appenzeller, Benedictus : Musae Jovis
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Gombert, Nicolas : Musae Jovis for 6 voices
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Vinders, Jerome (Jheronimus) : O mors inevitabilis (Lamentatio super morte Josquin des Pres)
  • Performer: Colin Mason (Voice)
  • Notes: Kloster Pernegg, Waldviertel, Austria (07/30/2010-08/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1540