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Hommage a la "Voix d'Or" de Johannes Ockeghem - works by De la Rue; Obrecht, Desprez, Busnoys, Lupus / Diabolus in Musica

> Plorer, gemir, crier - Plorer, gemir, crier
> Missa Sicut spina rosam - Kyrie
> Missa Sicut spina rosam - Gloria
> Missa Sicut spina rosam - Credo
> Missa Sicut spina rosam - Sanctus
> Missa Sicut spina rosam - Agnus Dei
> Nymphes des bois - Nymphes des bois
> In hydraulis - In hydraulis
> Ergone conticuit - Ergone conticuit

Album Summary

>Rue, Pierre de la : Plorer, gemier/Requiem
>Obrecht, Jacob : Missa Sicut spina rosam, mass for 4 voices
>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, lament for 5 parts
>Busnois, Antoine : In hydraulis, motet for 4 voices
>Lupi, Johannes : Ergo Ne Conticuit
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The oeuvre of Johannes Ockeghem influenced a considerable number of musicians who were contemporaries with, or came immediately after, the Master of Tours. Many of these talented composers took one of his works as a model, thus bearing eloquent testimony to their admiration for him. All of them visited him and helped popularize his image as a benevolent "father figure" to this amazing caste of singers and composers. Ockeghem's death at a ripe old age in 1497 greatly affected the brilliant generation that was in the process of making the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and naturally led to the creation of some deeply moving music.

Four motets covering a wide stylistic range, a complete polyphonic mass, and an extraordinary poem of lamentation make up this touching tribute to Johannes Ockeghem from his colleagues and friends. The works assembled on this CD represent the high point of Franco-Flemish counterpoint, and illustrate the imperceptible shift from Middle Ages to Renaissance thanks to the sublime music sublimated by the death of the great master. They are sung here according to the tradition of the great cathedrals and collegiate churches: a cappella, with one or two singers to a part, as the works require.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
They are remarkable pieces. La Rue's and Josquin's are cleverly constructed chansonmotets, combining a French text, sung by the upper voices, with chants from the Requiem Mass in the tenor. Josquin's is certainly the best known and most often recorded of the two. In recent years Chant 1450 has recorded it for Christophorus (77298, July/Aug 2009). The Hilliard Ensemble adopts a slower tempo than others (EMI & Virgin, May/June 1997) and that gives the harmonies a better chance to develop. Diabolus in Musica's faster tempo seems closer to the Orlando Consort's (Brilliant 93939, May/June 2010).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011).



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Works Details

>Rue, Pierre de la : Plorer, gemier/Requiem
  • Conductor: Antoine Guerber
  • Ensemble: Diabolus in Musica
  • Notes: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: by 1505

>Obrecht, Jacob : Missa Sicut spina rosam, mass for 4 voices
  • Notes: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: ?1480s

>Desprez, Josquin : Nymphes des bois/Requiem aeternam/Deploration de la Mort de Jehan Ockeghem, lament for 5 parts
  • Notes: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1497

>Busnois, Antoine : In hydraulis, motet for 4 voices
  • Notes: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1465

>Lupi, Johannes : Ergo Ne Conticuit
  • Notes: La Collégiale de Bueil-en-Touraine (10/31/2011-11/03/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance