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Josquin Desprez: Stabat Mater; Motets / Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale

Josquin / Chapelle Royale
Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 1951243   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Josquin fans must be wondering why their luck has so suddenly turned. It is not just that new and good records of his music now seem to be appearing almost monthly. Nor even that musicians and ensembles—like Philippe Herreweghe and La Chapelle Royale—who have hitherto concentrated on somewhat later music are apparently turning to Josquin, whose music they perform with individuality and seriousness of purpose. It is also that they are concentrating on some of his finest achievements: here, for example, we have not only the miraculous Miserere—the work that the late Edward Lowinsky regarded as music's answer to the Sistine Chapel ceiling—but the six voice Ave nobilissima creatura, the Stabat mater and the psalm Usquequo, Domine.
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[La Chapelle Royale] are heard at their best in the four-voice Salve, regina, where the lines run excitingly and each phrase emerges gloriously from the last. Another excellent performance is Usquequo, Domine, where the (perhaps surprising) decision to choose a lower pitch-standard allows Herreweghe to dispense with his sopranos, thereby displaying the superb control of his altos and particularly his low basses. But I shall probably return to the record most often for the Miserere, where Herreweghe secures the blend of precision and passion that is so necessary if this most extraordinary of works is to make its impact."

Gramophone [4/1987] Review of original release
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Works on This Recording

1.
Stabat mater dolorosa by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Salve, regina by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Ave Maria by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Ave nobilissima creatura / Benedicta tu by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
O bone et dulcissime Jesu by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Usquequo, Domine, oblivisceris me by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Miserere mei, Deus by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Basilique Notre Dame, Montepellier 
Length: 15 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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