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Josquin And His Contemporaries / Kirkman, Binchois Consort


Release Date: 10/09/2001 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67183   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des PrézNicolaus CraenAdrian Willaert
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


There are many excellent recordings of Josquin's vocal music, performed by some of today's top ensembles--A Sei Voci, The Clerks' Group, Huelgas Ensemble, the Tallis Scholars, Pomerium, and Jordi Savall's La Capella Reial De Catalunya come immediately to mind--although in most cases the specific works are found on compilations with music by other composers rather than on discs dedicated to this great and deserving master. The variety and quantity of Josquin's work is such that there are few duplications of repertoire from recording to recording, except for the notable instances of some of the later masses and the chanson Mille regretz. On this fine effort from another world-class group, The Binchois
Read more Consort, we get a program almost entirely devoted to Josquin, but in a very unique way: most of the works are motets whose provenance, although at some point thought (or claimed) to be from the pen of Josquin himself, over time has been subject to serious dispute. It seems that after the master's death, demand for his music was such that attributions were assigned to the work of others--as one commentator put it, ". . . now that Josquin is dead, he is putting out more works than when he was alive."


Nevertheless, the quality of the music presented is invariably and unquestionably first class, and (not surprisingly) these 10 early-music-specialist singers (including Matthew Vine, one of the finest vocal-ensemble tenors working today) are fully engaged in the style and technique necessary to sustain the long, flowing lines (sometimes stretching forever to their cadences) and knowing how to hold a perfect balance and blend of voices whether the texture is thick or thin or whether the number of singers is more or less. Early music fans will have fun making their own judgments regarding the Josquin-or-not-Josquin issue; everyone will appreciate the sumptuous harmonies, rich textures, lovely melodic lines, and gorgeous singing. It's all recorded in top-notch sound by a veteran team-- engineer Tony Faulkner and producer Mark Brown--who know exactly how to capture the naturally vibrant qualities of combined voices while preserving the crucial inner detail of individual parts. [8/3/2002]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Planxit autem David by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
2.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The composer of this motet might be Josquin's lesser-known contemporary, Mathurin Forestier. 
3.
Ave Christe immolate by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This motet has also been attributed to Noel Bauldeweyn. 
4.
Recordare virgo Mater by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The authorship of this motet is in doubt. 
5.
Pater noster by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
6.
Inter natos mulierum by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1530s; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The autorship of this motet is in doubt. 
7.
Tota pulchra es by Nicolaus Craen
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1504; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: Latin 
8.
Verbum bonum et suave by Adrian Willaert
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1542; Italy 
Language: Latin 
9.
De profundis clamavi ŕ 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This motet has also been attributed to Nicolas Champion. 
10.
Ave Maria ŕ 6 by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Binchois Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 

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