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Pierre De La Rue: Portrait Musical

De La Rue / Capilla Flamenca
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Musique En Wallonie   Catalog #: 1159   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousPierre de La Rue
Performer:  Paul MertensChristopher KalePaul van den BemptJan Caals,   ... 
Conductor:  Dirk SnellingsHendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  PsallentesCapilla Flamenca
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Strong melodic gifts, intelligent use of imitation and unselfconsciousness setting of melancholy texts.

This 3 CD box set is very largely a reissue of three single Musique en Wallonie discs: MEW 0207 0633 and 0525. They were recorded between 1996 and 2005 but with one important exception. In March 2011 Capilla Flamenca taped Missa Sub tuum praesidium, in its world première recording. Given this last detail, it might be wise not to consider this as a straight reissue, as it clearly isn’t.
 
Pierre de la Rue was very probably born in Tournai around 1450. His earliest years are shrouded in obscurity but, as the booklet notes make clear, by 1492 he was working in the chapel of Maximilian,
Read more future Holy Roman Emperor. The court for which de la Rue worked was highly musical, and the surviving Habsburg-Burgundian music manuscripts contain almost all his music. Several are illustrated in the beautifully produced booklet but be careful if you try to open it flat, as the glue binding will disobligingly unstick itself.
 
Naturally de la Rue followed the court, which was peripatetic. He travelled to Germany and to Spain, and when Philip the Fair, Maximilian’s son, came of age the court followed him abroad. On his unexpected death the court returned to the Low Countries.
 
The three CDs present an overview of Pierre de la Rue’s compositions during these years. Unsurprisingly there is concentration on Marian masses. There are four masses, five motets, a Magnificat and three chansons. Missa de septem doloribus is a five- voice setting with plainchant propers inserted. Ingeniously he also borrowed a phrase from Josquin’s Ave Maria virgo serena and gives it to the first tenor. Missa Ave Maria is a late work, and whilst it’s hard to date, may have come from his last decade. Essentially for four voices, de la Rue springs a surprise and introduces a fifth in the Credo and this gives opportunities for greater amplitude. Its celebratory nature cannot be the only reason why this Mass remained so popular. Rather, in addition, it’s the breadth of utterance, and the richness of the setting that demands rehearing. Missa Sub tuum praesidium is, by contrast, from the early part of his compositional career. It’s based on a well known Marian antiphon of the time, and de la Rue’s penchant for variation is quite audible throughout. An even more extensive setting comes via Missa Alleluia which sports five voices. It’s an especially richly textured work, somewhat reminiscent of Josquin whom we know de la Rue admired, but independent of this possible model in respect of its clever use of counterpoint and specific motivic writing.
 
The various Motets and the Magnificat all confirm to de la Rue’s strongest qualities. They reveal strong melodic gifts, intelligent use of imitation, a willingness to explore the upper and lower ranges of the voice parts without fear, and unselfconsciousness when it comes to setting melancholy texts. Such a case is Doleo super te, which is starkly expressive in its gravity.
 
Capilla Flamenca, directed by Dirk Snellings, prove the best possible ambassadors for this and Flemish music in general. Their intonation is excellent, and vocal quality is a given. The instrumental accompaniments are both apposite and considered. The recording quality is resonant but not too much so.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Veni in altitudinem, introit by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul Mertens (), Christopher Kale (), Paul van den Bempt (),
Jan Caals (), Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (),
Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Missa de Septem Doloribus beatissime marie virginis by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Bart Demuyt (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat (), Paul Mertens (), Christopher Kale (),
Paul van den Bempt (), Stratton Bull (), Jan Caals ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. Plorans ploravit, gradual by Anonymous
Performer:  Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat (), Jan Caals (),
Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (), Paul Mertens (),
Christopher Kale (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Paul van den Bempt ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Vox Turturis (Song of Songs) by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Kale (), Paul van den Bempt (), Jan Caals (),
Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (), Jan Van Elsacker (),
Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat (), Paul Mertens ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5. Astat virgo, prosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Kale (), Paul van den Bempt (), Jan Caals (),
Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (), Jan Van Elsacker (),
Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat (), Paul Mertens ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Doleo super te / Absolon / Tenor, motet for 3 voices by Anonymous
Performer:  Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat (), Paul Mertens (),
Christopher Kale (), Paul van den Bempt (), Jan Caals (),
Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (), Jan Van Elsacker ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7. Eplurare et gaudere, communio by Anonymous
Performer:  Paul Mertens (), Christopher Kale (), Paul van den Bempt (),
Jan Caals (), Stratton Bull (), Bart Demuyt (),
Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8. Ave Maria, gratia plena, tractus by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
9. Missa 'Ave sanctissima Maria' by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
10. Ave Regina Coelorum by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11. Ave regina caelorum by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12. Regina caeli by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13. Laudate pueri à 4, psalm by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
14. Salve Regina No. 2 by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
15. Ave Maria, sequence in mode 6 by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Medieval 
Written: Europe 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
16. Salve mater salvatoris, conductus by Anonymous
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
17. Magnificat (Tone 5) by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
18. Missa Sub tuum præsidium by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Tore Tom Denys (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Venue:  Hervormde Kerk, Bunnik, Netherlands 
Length: 23 Minutes 55 Secs. 
19. Pourquoy tant me fault il attendre, for 4 voices by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/2005-07/2005 
Venue:  Parkabdij, Heverlee, The Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
20. Il viendra le jour by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 06/2005-07/2005 
Venue:  Parkabdij, Heverlee, The Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
21. Pourquoi non by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 06/2005-07/2005 
Venue:  Parkabdij, Heverlee, The Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
22. Doleo super te by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Lieven Termont (), Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 06/2005-07/2005 
Venue:  Parkabdij, Heverlee, The Netherlands 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
23. Missa Alleluia by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Paul Mertens (), Erik Buys (), Ian Degen (),
Stefaan de Winter (), Steven Vanmol (), Tom de Man (),
Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Kapel van het lers College, Leuven, Belg 
Length: 29 Minutes 3 Secs. 
24. Regina Coeli by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Jan Caals (), Jan Van Elsacker (), Lieven Termont (),
Marnix De Cat ()
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Psallentes,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1506 
Date of Recording: 12/2004-01/2005 
Venue:  L'Eglise St. Jean, Beaufays, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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