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The Hilliard Sound - Renaissance Masterpieces

Ockegheim / Desprez / Di Lasso
Release Date: 04/08/2014 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 632795   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johannes OckeghemJosquin Des PrézOrlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 3 
Length: 3 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For those listeners who missed it the first time around, this reissue devoted to the music of the great Renaissance composer Josquin Desprez will be gratefully received. The program here is so well chosen that the repertoire alone makes it interesting. And, beyond that, the performances by the 14-voice, all-male Hilliard Ensemble are so well sung that the music will be fascinating even to the uninitiated. Though the voices are wholly without vibrato, the intonation hard and tight, and the tone hollow and curiously disembodied, the Hilliard's forceful ensemble, strong balances, and intense blend along with director Paul Hillier's persuasive leadership make the singing almost unbearably effective. Recorded in 1983 and 1989, the early digital Read more sound here is surprisingly warm, deep, and evocative.

– James Leonard, All Music Guide, reviewing a previous issue of the Josquin recordings Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Requiem by Johannes Ockeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Missa "Mi-mi" by Johannes Ockeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Ave Maria, virgo serena by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Absalon, fili mi by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
5.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6.
De profundis clamavi ŕ 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
7.
Scaramella va alla guerra by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
8.
In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietŕ by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
El grillo by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Mille regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
11.
Petite camusette by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
Je me complains by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
13.
A l'omber d'ung buissonet, Au matinet, song for 3 parts by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
14.
Je ne me puis tenir d'aimer by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Nymphes des bois "La déploration de Johannes Ockeghem" by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
16.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 4, Miserere mei Deus by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Munich, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 35 Secs. 
17.
Domine exaudi... non avertas, motet for 5 voices (5th part of Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales) by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 23 Minutes 0 Secs. 
18.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 6, De profundis clamavi by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Munich, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 4 Secs. 
19.
Psalmi Davidis poenitentiales: no 7, Domine exaudi...auribus percipe by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1584; Munich, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Still More Superb Recordings by The Hilliard Ense September 23, 2014 By Donald P. (Hudson, FL) See All My Reviews "If you are a fan of Renaissance music you will find this to be among the finest recordings of these pieces if not the finest. When you hear the music of these early composers: Ockeghem (c, 1410-1498), Despres (c. 1450-1521) and De Lassus (1532-1594) you will know why their music is as important today as it was back then. The Hilliard Ensemble's recordings have been used as background for the Norwegian pavilion's model church of that era at Epcot, as opening background to Freeman Patterson's photographic seminars, and as background to Tai Chi practice." Report Abuse
 etherial sound July 29, 2014 By vallee green (elgin, TX) See All My Reviews "it is hard to keep my feet in the 21at century when i play these CD's. no sooner than the soaring tones fill my ears, i am transported back a few centuries to a stone bench in a 12th century cathedral somwehere in europe, and i feel i am amongst the church-goers hearing this music for the first time. truely a first-rate work in every regard. most enjoyable time and time again." Report Abuse
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