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A Renaissance Wedding Gift: Music from the Medici Codex of 1518

Audio Samples

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
>Festa, Costanzo : Super flumina Babylonis, motet in 5 parts
>Mouton, Jean : Exalta regina Galliae, for 4 voices
>de la Fage, Johannes : Videns dominus civitatem desolatam, for 4 voices
>Elimot : Nuptie facte sunt, motet
>Festa, Costanzo : Regina coeli, motet
>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
>Jhan, Maistre : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
>Silva, Andreas de : Intonuit de caelo
>Silva, Andreas de : Omnis pulchritudo domini, for 5 voices
>Richafort, Jean : Veni, Sponsa Christi
>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices

Album Summary

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
>Festa, Costanzo : Super flumina Babylonis, motet in 5 parts
>Mouton, Jean : Exalta regina Galliae, for 4 voices
>de la Fage, Johannes : Videns dominus civitatem desolatam, for 4 voices
>Elimot : Nuptie facte sunt, motet
>Festa, Costanzo : Regina coeli, motet
>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
>Jhan, Maistre : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
>Silva, Andreas de : Intonuit de caelo
>Silva, Andreas de : Omnis pulchritudo domini, for 5 voices
>Richafort, Jean : Veni, Sponsa Christi
>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
12 pieces from the Codex are here, representing 10 composers. Several pieces have overt references to chastity, marriage, weddings (such as the wedding in Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine) and other appropriate themes. The mixed chorus of 16 voices in the Rutgers Collegium Musicum sings with fine blend, nice melodic lines, and some good contrasts. The polyphony is clear. There is a good flow. Subtle changes of speed, as in the 'Regina Coeli' by Costanzo Festa, are very effective and there should be more of this type of flexibility. In the 'Lauda Jerusalem' by Maistre Jean the interpretation has a nice animation with lines well shaped using an attractive give and take. The vocal sound is lovely here as the 16 voices sing as one. In other pieces, such as 'Omnis Pulchritude' by Andreas De Silva, the voices stray apart and the sound is thin on top especially at softer volume. Notes, texts, translations.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Edith Memorial Chapel, The Lawrenceville School, Lawren (08/28/2010-08/29/2010).



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Works Details

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Ensemble: Rutgers Collegium Musicum
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Festa, Costanzo : Super flumina Babylonis, motet in 5 parts
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : Exalta regina Galliae, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1515

>de la Fage, Johannes : Videns dominus civitatem desolatam, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Elimot : Nuptie facte sunt, motet
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Festa, Costanzo : Regina coeli, motet
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1502

>Jhan, Maistre : Lauda Jerusalem, motet
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Silva, Andreas de : Intonuit de caelo
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Silva, Andreas de : Omnis pulchritudo domini, for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Richafort, Jean : Veni, Sponsa Christi
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Brumel, Antoine : Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Andrew Kirkman
  • Notes: Edith Memorial Chapel, Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (08/28/2010-08/29/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance