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Ockeghem: Requiem / Marcel Pérès, Ensemble Organum


Release Date: 08/14/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951441   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble OrganumLes Pages de la Chapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marcel Pérès (with his Ensemble Organum) is fascinatingly unpredictable in his performances of early music, and always aurally stimulating. His 'reconstruction' of Ockeghem's pioneering and incomplete Requiem Mass is no exception. Here he even sings the solo plainchants himself, lugubriously but resonantly. At the end he adds the Sanctus and Communion from a later Mass by Antonius Divitis, emphasizing the change by the inclusion of trebles (Les Pages de la Chapelle). At Ockeghem's opening the ear is struck by the dark sonorities of Pérès's purposefully low-pitching of the male voices, an extraordinary sound.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [10/1998]
Marcel Pérès (with his Ensemble Organum) is fascinatingly unpredictable in his performances of early music, and always aurally stimulating. His 'reconstruction' of Ockeghem's pioneering and incomplete Requiem Mass is no exception. Here he even sings the solo plainchants himself, lugubriously but resonantly. At the end he adds the Sanctus and Communion from a later Mass by Antonius Divitis, emphasizing the change by the inclusion of trebles (Les Pages de la Chapelle). At Ockeghem's opening the ear is struck by the dark sonorities of Pérès's purposefully low-pitching of the male voices, an extraordinary sound.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [10/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa pro defunctis by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Marcel Pérès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Organum,  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Venue:  Royal Abbey of Fontevraud 
Length: 54 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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