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Ockeghem - Cathedral Sounds / René Clemencic


Release Date: 02/13/2007 
Label:  Arte Nova   Catalog #: 563510   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes OckeghemHermannus Contractus
Performer:  Bernd LambauerJim CurryRené ClemencicBernhard Landauer,   ... 
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johannes Ockeghem was a master of the Franco-Flemish School, one of the most important proponents of Western music. His virtuoso command of polyphonic techniques was coupled with a rare greatness of musical conception and a noble, mystical profundity of feeling.

R E V I E W S:

The three-voice Sine nomine Mass is the centrepiece of the disc. Rene Clemencic lets his three singers go it alone for the most part, and though largely uninflected the performance convinces on account of its directness and the beauty of its acoustic. Clemencic has an ingenious solution to the problem of interpreting the textless Ut heremita solus (organ with trombone on the tenor line), and he concludes with a delicate reading of the
Read more oft-recorded Alma redemptoris, one of Ockeghem’s most enchanting creations. Incidentally, the ascription to the composer of both the Mass and Ut heremita has been questioned, but both are very fine pieces. At budget price this is a bargain indeed.

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [11/1998]

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OCKEGHEM Missa sine nomine. Ut heremita solus. Alma redemptoris mater René Clemencic, dir; Clemencic Consort ARTE NOVA 563510 (56:21 & )


We heard this disc (22:3) when Arte Nova pressings were being imported. Now that Allegro is reissuing some of the line, it’s back. When it was new, it was a surprising change of pace for Clemencic, who had given us a lot of overblown interpretations of Renaissance music, as a few of his contemporaries were also doing. Here there are just three male voices. The Mass came along in time for the Ockeghem quincentenary, though it had been recorded for the first time by Kevin Moll (18:1). (Edward Wickham soon added the work to his complete Masses of Ockeghem, 24: 1, a brisker performance throughout.) Clemencic’s differed from the others in extending the Kyrie to over 10 minutes by inserting alternate organ verses. Clemencic played the textless motet on a positive organ. For the much-recorded Marian antiphon, the occasional fourth voice is supplied by a period trombone, though the notes repeat the original attribution of this instrument to the organ motet rather than the antiphon. This may not be the version of choice for the Mass, and the other two pieces are widely available. But Clemencic’s style is the draw for this disc.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Sine Nomine" by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Bernd Lambauer (Tenor), Jim Curry (Tenor), René Clemencic (Positive),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  W.A.R. Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 36 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Classical Greek and Latin. 
2.
Ut heremita solus by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  René Clemencic (Organ), Renate Slepicka (Trombone)
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  W.A.R. Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Alma redemptoris Mater by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Bernd Lambauer (Tenor), Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor), Jim Curry (Tenor),
Renate Slepicka (Trombone)
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  W.A.R. Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Alma redemptoris mater." 
4.
Alma redemptoris mater by Hermannus Contractus
Performer:  Bernd Lambauer (Tenor), Renate Slepicka (Trombone), Jim Curry (Tenor),
Bernhard Landauer (Countertenor)
Conductor:  René Clemencic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clemencic Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 11th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  W.A.R. Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is part of a medley which also includes "Alma redemptoris Mater." 

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