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The Art Of The Netherlands

Art Of The Netherlands / Various
Release Date: 05/18/2010 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 28497   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Josquin Des PrézAnonymousHayne van GhizeghemAlexander Agricola,   ... 
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

n essentially vocal set with a wealth of detail and committed performances.

This is a famous collection that set standards in 1976 and did its bit to bring Netherlands’ music of the second half of the fifteenth and the first quarter of the sixteenth century to more general audition. David Munrow’s adventurous spirit, his discerning judgement, and his charismatic self did much to enrich the living current of such music in Britain and beyond. So too did his collaborators amongst whose ranks were some of the most outstanding talents of the day – a roll-call to be savoured like a favourite sporting side, or a series of vintage wines; James Bowman, Charles Brett, Martyn Hill, Paul Elliott, Rogers Covey-Crump, Maurice Bevan
Read more (a Deller alumnus), and Terry Edwards of the sepulchral bass notes. These are just some of the singers. The instrumentalists include Michael Laird, whose cornett playing (double ‘t’ in authentic style) is so apposite, Nigel North, lutenist supreme but then also playing the tenor rebec and bass viol, Robert Spencer, an earlier maestro of the instrument, and a certain C Hogwood, playing organ, regal - and harp! The music has been reissued on CD before and this selection concentrates on vocal music; the instrumental items are versions of the secular songs on the first disc in a manner popular at the time. Thus we hear an anonymous early sixteenth century version for two lutes of Josquin’s Scaramella va alla Guerra which may have been composed a century earlier.

Indeed Josquin is the star around which other composers tend to satellite in this selection. The rhythmic vitality and the instrumental colour evoked by tambourine, and harp in Scaramella is still as evocative as ever. Equally one can admire the beautifully reserved and ardent eloquence of the performance of van Ghizeghem’s De tous biens plaine, supported by one tenor and two bass rebecs. The three part instrumental version of this – the first of the two - possibly by Alexander Agricola, van Ghizeghem’s exact contemporary, is tangy and delightful. The second version features Munrow’s treble recorder. The longest setting in the first disc is Brumel’s Du tout plongiet which is beautifully modulated and genuinely expressive in its contours and the interplay of tenor, baritone and two bass viols. That such compression of forces should produce such extraordinary music is one of the wonders of a set such as this. But this first disc certainly entertains the more bucolic aspects of the muse; listen to Terry Edwards’s sepulchral bass in Mijn morken gaf mij een jonck wijff, a quodlibet of striking personality, interpreted with equally striking vigour.

The second disc focuses on movements by various composers cleverly shaped into a ‘mass’. Tinctoris, Brumel, Josquin, Pierre de la Rue and Isaac are the quintet from whose mass movements a new one is artfully constructed. Throughout, the measured nobility and grace is palpable, the depth of the singing still hugely evocative. The Marian motets – they’re mostly Marian – offer equal pleasures. There’s a remarkable setting of Benedicta es caelorum regina in which Josquin’s ascending and descending lines almost anticipate Victoria’s Italo-Iberian expressivity. And one should on no account overlook the exquisitely beautiful setting Ockeghem setting of Intemerata Dei mater.

The purely instrumental performances – crumhorns and all – are not here, but they are available on previous re-releases. I think that’s about 20-25 minutes’ worth. If you prefer to concentrate on the Art as enshrined in this essentially vocal set then you will find a wealth of detail and committed performances. They have lasted for 35 years; and will probably last a good lot longer yet. Brief notes; no texts.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Scaramella va alla guerra by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Allégez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette, for 2 lutes by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
El grillo by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
De tous biens playne à 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
De tous bein plaine I a 3 by Alexander Agricola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
De tous bein plaine II a 3 by Alexander Agricola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Du tout plongiet/Fors seulement by Antoine Brumel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
Mijn morken gaf mij een jonck wiff, song by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Ghy syt die wertste by Johannes Ghiselin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Ein fröhlich wesen, chanson for 3 or 4 voices by Jacques Barbireau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Ein fröhlich wesen, for keyboard by Paul Hofhaimer
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Regal)
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
Prenez sur moi vostre exemple by Johannes Ockeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
15.
Ma bouche rit by Johannes Ockeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
16.
Guillaume se va chaufer by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
17.
Adieu, mes amours by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
Adieu mes amours, for keyboard by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
Fortuna desperata by Antoine Busnois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
20.
Fortuna desperata by Alexander Agricola
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
21.
Fortuna Desperata by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
22.
Missa sine nomine (i) a 3: Kyrie by Johannes Tinctoris
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
23.
Missa "Et ecce terrae motus": Gloria by Antoine Brumel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
24.
Credo "De tous biens" by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
25.
Missa "Ave sanctissima Maria": Sanctus by Pierre de La Rue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
26.
O bone Jesu by Loyset Compère
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
27.
De profundis clamavi à 5 by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
28.
Benedicta es, celorum regina by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
29.
Nesciens mater virgo virum by Jean Mouton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
30.
Inviolata integra et casta es Maria, for ensemble by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
31.
Intemerata Dei mater by Johannes Ockeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
32.
Ave sanctissima Maria by Pierre de La Rue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
33.
Donna di dentro/Dammene up pocho/Fortuna d'un gran tempo, song for 4 voices by Isaac Albéniz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1480s; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
34.
Ein fröhlich wesen, for 4 voices by Jacob Obrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
35.
Missa 'La bassadanza': Agnus Dei by Isaac Albéniz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
36.
Haec Deum caeli, for 5 voices by Jacob Obrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
37.
Laudemus nunc Dominum/Non est hic aliud, motet for 5 voices by Jacob Obrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1496 
Date of Recording: 02/1975/04/1975 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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