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The Fiamminghi: The Flemish Polyphony

Fiamminghi
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arnold De LantinsGuillaume DufayGilles BinchoisJacob Obrecht,   ... 
Performer:  Witte-Maria WeberMarkus SchikoraNorihisa SugawaraRogério Gonçalves,   ... 
Conductor:  Dirk SnellingsThais OharaMarcelo OharaAntoine Guerber,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ari CantuliCapilla FlamencaPsallentes,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An attractive set with a fine selection of Flemish polyphonic music from the Renaissance.

The composers known collectively as the Fiamminghi made their mark in Europe in general and in Italy and in France in particular during the 15th century. Their talent and skill gained them the most important positions in the great musical establishments of the time. This collection is devoted to the leading composers of the 15th century, from those of the first generation (Guillaume Dufay, Gilles Binchois, Arnold de Lantins and Johannes Brassart) through Johannes Ockeghem, the great master of polyphonic technique, to Josquin Desprez and Pierre de La Rue, two musicians taught by Ockeghem who laid the foundations of the Ars Perfecta
Read more during the Renaissance. Also included is Jacob Obrecht, the only composer of this school whose career was based essentially in his native Flanders. Every genre of both sacred as well as secular music of the time is represented here.
 
The labels grouped under the umbrella outhere (www.outhere-music.com) have been issuing compilations of music in attractive boxes with extensive notes. After a Bach set on the Alpha label, Ricercar has released a set in the same format covering Flemish Polyphony. It gives a lavish overview of the music and accomplishments of the Fiamminghi.
 
With the exception of two discs of music by Dufay and Ockeghem, each contains works by a variety of composers. The richly-illustrated book sets out notes about the major works, the composers and the history of this movement, though these do not follow the CDs. The book is in English, Dutch, French and German, with the text of each chapter in all four languages.
 
The recordings and performances, from a variety of ensembles and locations, are all very good, and each disc achieves an attractive program of Renaissance vocal music in its own right. It is best to see this set as an introduction to the style, rather than a coherent, didactic overview. Since it features only performers from Ricercar and its sister labels, there are certainly some gaps. Still it’s a useful and pleasing approach to this music.
 
Another way to discover Renaissance vocal music would be through the three 4-disc sets of Sacred Music in the Renaissance, by the Tallis Scholars. These are available from Gimell. Across their 12 discs Gimell covers many of the same composers and works. They also encompass music by composers from other countries including England and Italy. Gimell offer a coherence of performance and style, as the same ensemble sings all the works.
 
If you already know and appreciate this genre then you may have many of the works offered by Ricercar. The interest here lies more in having the attractive box and book. If you don’t know this type of polyphonic vocal music, this sumptuous volume is an excellent introduction to the style, focusing, as it does, on the area in Europe where the most important composers of the time developed their work.
 
-- Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Missa "Verbum incarnatum" by Arnold De Lantins
Conductor:  Dirk Snellings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ari Cantuli,  Capilla Flamenca,  Psallentes
Period: Renaissance 
Language: Latin 
2.
Salve flos Tusce gentis by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
3.
Flos florum by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Nova Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
4.
Bon jour, bon mois by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Markus Schikora (Tenor), Norihisa Sugawara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Percussion), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle), Thais Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Nous vous verens bien Malebouche by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Markus Schikora (Tenor), Norihisa Sugawara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Percussion), Marcelo Ohara (Rebec), Thais Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Donnés l'assault by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Markus Schikora (Tenor), Norihisa Sugawara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Percussion), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle), Thais Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Dueil angoisseus rage demeseurée by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle), Thais Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
J'ay grant dolour by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thais Ohara (Rebec), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Adieu adieu mon joieulx souvenir by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Se la face ay pale by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Norihisa Sugawara (Lute), Marcelo Ohara (Rebec), Thais Ohara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Shawm)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
11.
Filles a marier ne vous mariez ja by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Marcelo Ohara (Rebec), Thais Ohara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Shawm), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Ce moys de may by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Markus Schikora (Tenor), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle),
Rogério Gonçalves (Percussion), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute), Thais Ohara (Rebec)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Triste plaisir et douleureuse joie by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Norihisa Sugawara (Lute), Markus Schikora (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1434; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Estrinés moy by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Markus Schikora (Tenor), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute),
Thais Ohara (Vielle), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Mon cuer me fait tous dis penser by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Thais Ohara (Rebec), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute),
Rogério Gonçalves (Shawm), Marcelo Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
16.
Je loe Amours et ma dame mercye by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Norihisa Sugawara (Lute), Marcelo Ohara (Rebec), Thais Ohara (Vielle)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Burgundy, France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
17.
Quel fronte signorille by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Thais Ohara (Vielle), Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
18.
Seigneur Leon, vous soyes bienvenus by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Marcelo Ohara (Rebec), Thais Ohara (Vielle), Witte-Maria Weber (Soprano),
Rogério Gonçalves (Percussion), Norihisa Sugawara (Lute), Markus Schikora (Tenor)
Conductor:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 11/2002 
Venue:  Notre-Dame Church, Centeilles, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
19.
Missa "Se la face ay pale" by Guillaume Dufay
Conductor:  Antoine Guerber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diabolus in Musica
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
20.
Salve regina, motet for 3 voices by Jacob Obrecht
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Domino Chorus,  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Venue:  Chapel of the Irish College, Leuven, Bel 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
21.
Missa Alleluia by Pierre de La Rue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 12/1986 
Venue:  Chapel of the Irish College, Leuven, Bel 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
22.
Gaude virgo, mater Christi by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of the Irish College, Leuven, Bel 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
23.
Huc me sydereo descendere / Plangent eum by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Chapel of the Irish College, Leuven, Bel 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
24.
Memorare Mater Christi by Matthaeus Pipelare
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capilla Flamenca
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Venue:  Chapel of the Irish College, Leuven, Bel 
Length: 7 Minutes 30 Secs. 
25.
La Spagna by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Bernhard Stilz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Syntagma Amici
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
26.
Salve Sancta parens (i), antiphon for 3 voices, K. 46a by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Brigitte Lesne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discantus Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
27.
Da pacem Domine, antiphon for 3 voices, K. 34 by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Brigitte Lesne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discantus Ensemble
Period: Medieval 
28.
Ut queant laxis by Gilles Binchois
Conductor:  Brigitte Lesne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discantus Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 

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