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De Castro: Polyphony In A European Perspective


Release Date: 08/29/2000 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 931   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousJean de CastroOrlando de LassusAlexander Utendal,   ... 
Performer:  Wim DiepenhorstLieven TermontHedvic ErikssonJan van Elsacker,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trigon-Project ChoirCapilla FlamencaMore Maiorum Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jean de Castro (c. 1540-c. 1600) was a Fleming who worked in Antwerp, Lyon, Düsseldorf, and Cologne. On this disc several Belgian ensembles parcel out a variety of his compositions, interspersed with those of several contemporaries. It's quite varied. It opens, oddly, with Trigon-Project singing Lumen ad revelationem, the chant that three of its members sang at the beginning of another disc on this label reviewed this month. This leads into the chant hymn Ave maris stella, surrounded by Castro's intabulation of his motet on the hymn. But, except for two more motets by Castro and Alexander Utendal, the rest of the program is entirely secular vocal and instrumental music. The alternation of forms and performing forces is deftly Read more accomplished. In addition to the two vocal groups, More Maiorum is an instrumental ensemble and Piffaro is the familiar American wind ensemble. Bart Demuyt, the director of Capilla Flamenca, who coordinated the whole program, has sung in the past with several Belgian ensembles on records.

The value of the disc is summed up as "polyphony in a European perspective." The booklet is quite elegant, slipcased next to the jewelbox. Apart from the broad view of the era, the disc gives more attention to Castro than he has enjoyed on records. He should not be confused with the somewhat younger Juan de Castro on Hyperion CDA 66867, as the usually impeccable Bielefelder Katalog does, jumbling the name of one, the dates of the other, and recordings of both under one entry. Jean de Castro, here in the company of his better-known contemporaries, enjoys the lavish treatment. Well done.

J. F. Weber, Fanfare [1/2011]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lumen ad revelationem by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trigon-Project Choir
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 2000 
2.
Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trigon-Project Choir
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 2000 
3.
Ave maris stella by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Wim Diepenhorst (Organ)
Date of Recording: 2000 
Notes: 2 vers 
4.
Caro mea vere est cibus by Jean de Castro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Date of Recording: 2000 
5.
Vita de la mia vita by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Lieven Termont (Baritone), Hedvic Eriksson (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Maiorum Orchestra
Date of Recording: 2000 
6.
Si le ciel by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Jan van Elsacker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Maiorum Orchestra
Written: pub 1576 
Date of Recording: 2000 
7.
Qui dulci semper by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Kris Verhelst (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Date of Recording: 2000 
8.
Anchor che col partire by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Kris Verhelst (Harpsichord)
Date of Recording: 2000 
9.
(La) Parque avait desjà by Jean de Castro
Performer:  Patrizia Hardt (Soprano), Jan van Elsacker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Maiorum Orchestra
Date of Recording: 2000 
10.
Stirpis Ioannes Flescorum by Jean de Castro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro,  Capilla Flamenca,  More Maiorum Orchestra
Date of Recording: 2000 
11.
Dessus le marche d'Arras, chanson for 6 voices, B. xi/105 (S. xvi/152) by Orlando de Lassus
Performer:  Patrizia Hardt (Soprano), Jan van Elsacker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  More Maiorum Orchestra
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 2000 
12.
La cortesia voi donne predicate, villanelle for 4 voices, S. x/66 by Orlando de Lassus
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 2000 
13.
Mors tua, mors Christi by Alexander Utendal
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Date of Recording: 2000 
14.
Nunca mucho costo poco by Giaches de Wert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
Date of Recording: 2000 
15.
Ricercar no 1 by Adrian Willaert
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1547; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2000 

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