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Crecquillon: Mort m'a privé, etc / Rice, Brabant Ensemble

Album Summary

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Oeil esgare, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Missa Mort m'a prive, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Mort m'a prive, for 5 voices
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Caesaris auspiciis, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Mort m'a prive, for 4 voices
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Cur Fernande pater, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Le monde est tel, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Praemia pro validis, for chorus
>Crecquillon, Thomas : Congratulamini mihi, for chorus
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Thomas Crecquillon was engaged to create a fitting musical legacy, with little known about him outside of his imperial service. Mort m'a prive (Death has deprived me) is an unusually personal text, possibly by the emperor himself, and received two motet settings, one for Charles and one for Isabella. The sublime mass takes elements from both motets and weaves them into the musical perfection of one-ness for which Charles so yearned. Crecquillon's versatility as a composer is demonstrated by the celebratory Congratulamini mihi (Rejoice with me) that concludes the program. "The Brabant Ensemble is characterized by immaculate intonation and lapidary vocal brilliance. Its sopranos have that ringing, boy-like clarity which seems to have gone out of favor lately with some English vocal ensembles." - International Record Review

'The performances are excellent; supported by the well-captured acoustic of Merton College, Oxford, the singers negotiate the often highly imitative textures with great fluency. Well-shaped phrasing, good balance and generally subtle dynamic inflexions further contribute to the beauty of the sound ... These are really very fine performances of rarely heard music' (International Record Review)

'A gem of a CD' (Gramophone)

'This recording sets an example of how things should be done ... a programme that is both intellectually and musically attractive' (Goldberg)

'Le chef et musicologue anglais révèle un rare talent de découvreur. Construire un programme autour de Mort m'a privé est une idée merveilleuse' (Diapason)

'A superbly balanced and expressive performance by the Brabant Ensemble shows the work to great advantage' (Early Music Review)

'An unqualified delight' (MusicWeb International)

'Apart from the group's accomplished vocal work, the strong point of this disc is the profound understanding that is conveyed in the notes by Martin Ham. We can expect more of this repertoire from the group. But don't wait to get this one, for it is neatly organized and beautifully sung' (Fanfare, USA)

'Throughout this recording the choir demonstrates the exceeding beauty of Crecquillon's music. At certain moments it sears the soul so that one can hardly stand to listen to it, like too bright a light makes one want to close [one's] eyes. What could possibly be more fitting for a discussion of death and everlasting life?' (Sacred Music, USA)

The Telegraph
A most promising debut CD, suggesting The Brabant Ensemble could have a bright future - especially if, in its enterprising choice of repertoire, it is starting as it means to go on

Gramophone Magazine
Stephen Rice and his Brabant Ensemble deserve thanks... for bringing to our ears a composer much admired and taken as a model by others, including Monteverdi... the final Easter motet, depicting the Marys at the tomb with their vision of the resurrected Lord, comes as a triumphant climax to a gem of a CD.



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>Crecquillon, Thomas : Oeil esgaré, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Missa Mort m'a privé, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Mort m'a privé, for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Caesaris auspiciis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Mort m'a privé, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Cur Fernande pater, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Le monde est tel, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Praemia pro validis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Crecquillon, Thomas : Congratulamini mihi, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: The chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/03/2004-09/05/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance