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Josquin Desprez: Motets / Orlando Consort


Release Date: 07/20/2009 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 463473   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert MacDonaldAndrew Carwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

An excellent and intriguing anthology, beautifully sung and containing some of Josquin's greatest music.

Here the Orlando Consort show all their famous qualities: absolute clarity of texture and musical detail, even in the intricate six-voice works; exceptionally fine intonation throughout; and a programme built in line with the preferences of a distinguished scholar, in this case Jaap van Benthem, who also prepared the editions with some fascinating and probing new interpretations. They also show two other characteristics that begin to worry me a little. First, their diction is often very unclear, particularly in the all-important top voice. They strive for historical pronunciation, with the advice of Alison Wray
Read more (French for all the Latin motets except the last two); but often the results are thoroughly generalised and 'lacking in consonants. Even with the texts in front of me I was often not at all sure which words they had reached. Second, partly related, they prefer an uninterrupted and often unarticulated flow in the music. This is an acceptable ideal, but it can result in a certain shapelessness, by which the music ambles along amiably enough but without any clear shape, let alone changes of mood to reflect changes in the music. Ut Phoebi radios comes across beautifully, because Josquin structured it so clearly; but the great five-voice De profitndis, the six-voice 0 Virgo prudentissima, or the lament Nymphes des boys seem to need far more rhetorical shaping.

On both fronts, then, Josquin does not entirely emerge as one of the most magnificent and resourceful motet composers in history. But I have perhaps given those qualifications too much space. In all other respects this is a wonderfully sung anthology containing some of Josquin's greatest music; and scholars will be fascinated to hear Jaap van Benthern's intriguing new reconstruction of the much-discussed Vultum tuum deprecabuntur cycle.

-- David Fellows, Gramophone [3/2001]
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Works on This Recording

1. Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 
2. Ut Phoebi radiis by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 
3. De profundis clamavi ŕ 5 by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 
4. Christe Fili Dei / J'ay pris amours by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Date of Recording: 1999 
5. O virgo virginum by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Andrew Carwood (Tenor), Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 
6. Vultum tuum deprecabuntur by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 
7. Ave Maria, gratia plena by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
8. Sancta Dei genitrix by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
9. O intemerata Virgo by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
10. O Maria, nullam tam gravem by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
11. Mente tota tibi supplicamus by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
12. Ora pro nobis by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
13. Déploration sur la mort de Ockeghem by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert MacDonald (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1999 
14. O bone et dulcis Domine Jesus / Pater noster / Ave Maria by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Date of Recording: 1999 
15. Huc me sydereo descendere / Plangent eum by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
16. O virgo prudentissima by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Robert MacDonald (Bass), Andrew Carwood (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 1999 

Sound Samples

Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria ŕ 5
Ut Phoebi radiis ŕ 4
De profundis clamavi ŕ 5
Christe Fili Dei - J'ay pris amours ŕ4
O Virgo virginum ŕ 6
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: Vultum tuum deprecabuntur
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: Ave Maria, gratia plena
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: Sancta Dei genitrix
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: O intemerata Virgo
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: O Maria, nullam tam gravem
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: Mente tota tibi supplicamus
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur ŕ 4: Ora pro nobis
La déploration de Johannes Ockeghem: Nymphes des bois ŕ 5
O bone et dulcis Domine Jesus - Pater noster - Ave Maria ŕ 4
Huc me sydereo / Plangent cum ŕ 5
O Virgo prudentissima / Beata Mater ŕ 6

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