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 digitalRead more sound here is surprisingly warm, deep, and evocative.
– James Leonard, All Music Guide, reviewing a previous issue of the Josquin recordings Read less
Still More Superb Recordings by The Hilliard EnseSeptember 23, 2014By 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 soundJuly 29, 2014By 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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