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Scattered Ashes: Josquin's Miserere and the Savonarolan Legacy - Works by Claude Le Jeune, Jean Lheritier, William Byrd, Orlande de Lassus, Josquin des Prez / Magnificat

Album Summary

>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tribularer si nescirem, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
>Jeune, Claude Le : Tristitia Obsedit Me, motet
>Lassus, Orlando de : Infelix ego
>Lhéritier, Jean : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 6 voices
>Gombert, Nicolas : In Te Domine Speravi for 6 voices
>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Tristitia obsedit me, motet for 4 voices
>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Magnificat's 25th anniversary recording, Scattered Ashes, features contrasting and parallel works of great passion inspired by the meditations of the infamous Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola. These Latin settings by eight great vocal composers of the 16th century display a variety of scoring, textures and harmonic language that is mirrored in their intensity and attention to detail. Josquin's Miserere, referred to as 'epic', 'massive', 'courageous' and 'bold' with similarities in stature and significance frequently drawn between the music of Josquin and Beethoven, opens the programme. Josquin's musical architecture, and his sensitivity to the text, combine to produce a work of astonishing delicacy, with kaleidoscopic twists and turns, rich and subtle use of texture and variety exploiting and illustrating the text with a heartfelt empathy. Both challenging and thrilling to sing, Josquin's Miserere perfectly demonstrates why Magnificat's world-class reputation for clarity, flawless intonation and purity of tone is second to none. Directed by Philip Cave, Magnificat is one of the world's premier vocal ensembles specialising in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries. Its recordings have met with huge critical acclaim: Spem in alium was hailed as 'quite the best performance that I have heard' by Gramophone and was 'First Choice' in Building A Library on BBC Radio 3's CD Review, Victoria's Officium Defunctorum was named 'Critics' Choice' by Gramophone and chosen by The Rough Guide as one of its '100 Essential Classical CDs'. Magnificat has also recorded works by Gesualdo, Guerrero, des Prez, Rebelo, Allegri and Da Palestrina, as well as Latin sacred music by Robert Parsons, Robert White and William Byrd and two recordings to commemorate the 450th anniversary of composer Philippe Rogier.

Sunday Times, 14th February 2016
This choice selection ranges from Josquin's epic Miserere mei, Deus to Byrd's Infelix ergo, every work a model of emotionally moving expressive intensity. The singers exquisitely shape and blend each one.

The Observer, 28th February 2016
The pure, unadorned quality of the singing and the range of music make this essential listening.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2016
In Lheritier's In te Domine, Domine speravi, Magnificat's velvety sound is at its most luxurious. This sonorous ensemble, combined with Cave's unhurried tempi, create a wonderfully melancholic sound world. Their interpretations of the post-Josquin generation of continental composers, Gombert and Clemens specifically, are among the finest on disc.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
The music on these two discs ranges from austere to luxuriant, urgent to serene. Magnificat's director Philip Cave shapes poised, subtly expressive and finely balanced readings from the vocal ensemble he founded a quarter of a century ago. His measured tempos reflect the predominantly contemplative tone of these works, and the sable hues and unwavering timbres of his singers are aptly evocative of Savonarolan sobriety.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015).



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>Desprez, Josquin : Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Palestrina, Giovanni : Tribularer si nescirem, motet for 6 voices (from Motets Book II for 5, 6 & 8 voices)
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>Jeune, Claude Le : Tristitia Obsedit Me, motet
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Lassus, Orlando de : Infelix ego
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lhéritier, Jean : Miserere mei, Domine, motet for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gombert, Nicolas : In Te Domine Speravi for 6 voices
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Clemens Non Papa, Jacobus : Tristitia obsedit me, motet for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Liber secundus sacrarum cantionum
  • Conductor: Philip Cave
  • Ensemble: Magnificat
  • Notes: St. George's Church, Summertown, Oxford, UK (01/19/2015-01/23/2015)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral