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The Leiden Choirbooks, Vol. 3

Egidius Quartet & College
Release Date: 08/14/2012 
Label:  Etcetera Records   Catalog #: 1412   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jacobus Clemens non PapaPierre MouluJohannes LupiAnonymous,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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DE LEIDSE KOORBOEKEN Vol. III Egidius Qrt & College ET’CETERA KTC 1412 (2 CDs: 139:30 Text and Translation)


The third installment out of six ( Fanfare 35:5), these discs offer selections from Codex C (a 19th-century designation) of the set of six choir books of Read more St. Peter’s Church in Leiden, the only such books that survived the iconoclast rampage of 1566. It dates from 1559 and, alone among the six volumes, is still kept in the city museum. These polyphonic works were collected for use in the daily Office from music both celebrated and obscure, some of the composers of local repute or unknown entirely. As we saw in the first two issues, the hard-bound accompanying book contains a detailed account of the music. Composers most represented in this volume are again Clemens non Papa and Johannes Lupi. The first disc contains nine motets, while the second has a Missa Pastores loquebantur by Cornelius Canis and an anonymous Requiem, concluding with a funeral motet ascribed to Josquin des Prez. Not chosen for inclusion on the discs are Masses by Clemens non Papa and Morales and familiar motets by Josquin des Prez. I noted the inclusion of a Magnificat by Hieronymus Vinders, who is represented in my collection only by five recordings of one motet.

This series is already an impressive testimony to the depth of talent in the Low Countries, for the minor and anonymous composers’ work in the tradition of their more famous contemporaries. The performances by the quartet of singers and the “college” of 15 singers that provide backup are admirable. Highly recommended to specialists in the Franco-Flemish period.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Cum esset Anna by Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1555; Netherlands (Holland 
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Vulnerasti cor meum, motet for 5 voices by Pierre Moulu
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 9 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Domine probasti, motet for 5 voices by Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Stirps Jesse, motet for 5 voices by Johannes Lupi
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Stella maris luminosa, motet for 5 voices by Johannes Lupi
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Work(s): Regina celi ŕ 5 / Resurrexit sicut dixit ŕ 5 (Cantus firmus: Surrexit christus) by Anonymous
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Magnificat ŕ 4 / Fecit potentiam ŕ 2 / Deposuit potentes ŕ 4, motet by Jheronimus Venders
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Regina celi ŕ 6 / Quia quem meruisti ŕ 6, motet by Anonymous
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Advenit ignis divinus, motet for 5 voices by Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Missa pastores loquebantur by Cornelius Canis
Length: 25 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Missa pro fidelibus defunctis, mass for 4 voices by Anonymous
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 40 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Responde mihi (vigili mortuori) ŕ 4 / Posuisti in nervo pedem meum ŕ 4 (attrib.) by Josquin Des Préz
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Laurentiuskerk, Mijnsheerenland 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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