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A Secret Labyrinth - Agricola / Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble


Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 60760   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...A must-have... I implied earlier that very little of Agricola’s sacred music has hitherto been available. In fact, this is the first ever recording to include his Mass music. Under the invented title Missa Guazzabuglio (a word meaning hotchpotch or mishmash) van Nevel has assembled individual movements from different Masses, after the fashion of his ‘La Dissection d’un Homme Arme’...

Van Nevel is easily as eccentric as Agricola ever was, and while the singers of the Huelgas Ensemble cope admirably with even his most bizarre directions, some ideas seem to be almost beyond the pale. He claims that fully vocal performance of the instrumental music is at least plausible. In the case of the six-voice Fortuna desperata (now,
Read more with at least four recordings, a staple of the Agricola repertoire) one can hardly disagree, but to hear the soprano clambering up two-and-a-half octaves in semiquavers (Dung aultre amet) forces admiration and disbelief in equal measure... The amazing thing is that the singers’ sheer athleticism and musicality lends such dotty notions an air of plausibility. More than that, they confirm the growing perception of Agricola as a composer of the very first rank. I have no hesitation in singling out [this recording] among this year’s high points.

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [9/1999}
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Works on This Recording

1. Gaudeamus omnes in Domino by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. De tous biens plaine by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. D'ung aultre amer III by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Virgo sub ethereis by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Missa "Je ne demande": Kyrie by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Missa secundi toni: Gloria by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Missa "Le serviteur": Credo by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Missa "Re-fa-mi-re-fa": Sanctus by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9. Missa "In myne zin": Agnus Dei by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Lowlands 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Je n'ay dueil by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
11. Se mieulx ne vient d'amours by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
12. Fortuna desperata by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Salve regina by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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