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The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 64215   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Josquin Des PrézAnonymousHayne van GhizeghemAlexander Agricola,   ... 
Performer:  Martyn HillPaul ElliottJames BowmanAndrew van der Beek,   ... 
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the most influential recordings of early music ever made - the phrase “essential listening” is often used but it surely applies to “The Art of the Netherlands”.

...[This is] arguably Munrow’s most consistent and most polished collection, devoted to the sacred and secular polyphony of the mid-to-late fifteenth century. These recordings remain marvellously fresh and vital – even in the case of pieces that have since had more polished or more clearly recorded interpretations. That is especially true of the sacred music, recorded entirely vocally and (in most cases) one to a part. I challenge anyone to name a more tempestuous reading of Brumel’s “Earthquake Mass”, a more sombre, self-absorbed Intemerata Dei mater
Read more (this is still the only recording at super-low pitch), or more luminously clear canons (in Ave sanctissima Maria and Nesciens mater). In the recordings of secular music, the passage of time is rather more obvious. But idiosyncratic though it may now appear, the choice of instruments always combines flair and verve (the four settings of De tous biens plaine are a fine example). In the songs, tempos are rather more languorous than one is now used to, but Munrow’s finest inspirations still strike very deep (the Clerks’ Group’s recent, superlative recording of Du tout plongiet owes much to his). Though one is inevitably filled with a sense of loss at the thought of how much more Munrow might have achieved, one likes to think that if he were alive today, he would be as youthful as his recordings have remained. The phrase “essential listening” is often used (perhaps too often), but it surely applies to “The Art of the Netherlands”.

...[This set includes] a fine introductory sleeve-note by John Milsom (the attributions of individual pieces have since been revised)... [W]e are dealing here with one of the most influential recordings of early music ever made.

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [11/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scaramella va alla guerra by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Andrew van der Beek (Alto Recorder), Alan Lumsden (Alto Recorder), Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba),
Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Tyler (Guitar), Christopher Hogwood (Harp),
David Corkhill (Tambourine)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Allégez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone),
Paul Elliott (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Anonymous
Performer:  Robert Spencer (Lute), James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
El grillo by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Performer:  Nigel North (Tenor Rebec), James Bowman (Countertenor), Christopher Hogwood (Harp),
Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Bass Rebec)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
De tous biens playne ŕ 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  James Tyler (Viola da gamba), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola da gamba), Oliver Brookes (Fiddle),
David Munrow (Bass Recorder)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Josquin Desprez 
7.
De tous biens plaine by Alexander Agricola
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), Christopher Hogwood (Harp), David Munrow (Treble Recorder),
Oliver Brookes (Fiddle)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Alexander Agricola 
8.
Du tout plongiet/Fors seulement by Antoine Brumel
Performer:  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola da gamba), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone),
Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Brumel wrote this selection after a piece of the same name by Ockeghem. 
9.
Een vrolic wesen by Jacobus Barbireau
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Martyn Hill (Tenor),
David Munrow (Alto Recorder), James Bowman (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This chanson has also been attributed to Heinrich Isaac. 
10.
Een vroylic wesen by Paul Hofhaimer
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Regal)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Paul Hofhaimer 
11.
Ein fröhlich wesen by Jacob Obrecht
Performer:  Alan Lumsden (Tenor Sackbut), Andrew van der Beek (Bass Dulcian), Michael Laird (Cornett),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor),
Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Prenez sur moi vostre exemple by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Ma bouche rit by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Harp), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), James Tyler (Lute),
Nigel North (Lute), James Bowman (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Adieu, mes amours by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba), Martyn Hill (Tenor),
Nigel North (Treble Vla da gamba), Christopher Hogwood (Harp)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Adieu, mes amours by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1535 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
16.
Fortuna desperata by Antoine Brumel
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Fortuna desperata by Alexander Agricola
Performer:  Oliver Brookes (Viola da gamba), James Bowman (Countertenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor),
Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
18.
Fortuna disperata by Anonymous
Performer:  James Tyler (Lute), David Munrow (Tenor Dulcimer), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Rebec),
Eleanor Sloan (Treble Rebec), Nigel North (Lute)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This instrumental version of Brumel's chanson "Fortuna disperata" was formerly attributed to Josquin Desprez. 
19.
Missa sine nomine: Kyrie by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
20.
Missa "Et ecce terrae motus": Gloria by Antoine Brumel
Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Maurice Bevan (Baritone),
Terry Edwards (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), David James (Countertenor),
Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Ian Thompson (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
21.
De tous biens playne by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor),
Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
22.
Missa "Ave sanctissima Maria": Sanctus by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone),
Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Missa "La spagna": Agnus Dei by Heinrich Isaac
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), John Potter (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor),
Paul Elliott (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
24.
O bone Jesu by Loyset Compčre
Performer:  Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work has also been attributed to Francisco de Peńalosa and Juan de Anchieta. 
25.
De profundis clamavi by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Terry Edwards (Bass), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
26.
Benedicta es, celorum regina by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Paul Elliott (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
27.
Nesciens mater virgo virum by Jean Mouton
Performer:  Paul Elliott (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Charles Brett (Countertenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), John Potter (Tenor),
David James (Countertenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
28.
Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Ian Thompson (Tenor),
Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor),
Martyn Hill (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Rosemary Hardy (Soprano), Sally Dunkley (Soprano), Maurice Bevan (Baritone),
Terry Edwards (Bass)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work was formerly attributed to Josquin Desprez. 
29.
Intemerata Dei mater by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Terry Edwards (Bass), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone),
Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
30.
Laudemus nunc Dominum by Jacob Obrecht
Performer:  Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass),
Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Martyn Hill (Tenor), David James (Countertenor),
Charles Brett (Countertenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor),
Ian Thompson (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
31.
Ave sanctissima Maria by Pierre de La Rue
Performer:  Paul Elliott (Tenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone),
Terry Edwards (Bass), James Bowman (Countertenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor)
Conductor:  David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Studio 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This work has also been attributed to Phillipe Verdelot. 

Featured Sound Samples

El grillo (Josquin)
Missa "Et ecce terrae motus" (Brumel): Gloria

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