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Brumel: Missa Berzerette Savoyenne / Chanticleer


Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Chanticleer Records   Catalog #: 8805   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des PrézAntoine Brumel
Performer:  Randall K WongBruce SellersMark KellerNeal Rogers
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hearing this record has opened my ears to a new dimension of Renaissance music. Perhaps it will do the same for you.

Avid listeners to Renaissance music may know Brumel's glorious 12-voice Mass Et ecce terrae motus, recorded twice in recent years; and I hope that will draw them to take an interest in this anthology of some of his other sacred works. Brumel is another of those composers around 1500 whose achievement has been overshadowed by that of Josquin. Like several of them, he is a man with a distinctive voice and a wide range of musical ideas, often executed with immaculate skill. The more I hear of that generation the morel am convinced that it was a true golden age of polyphony with a range of composers who can
Read more fully match the High Renaissance painters and architects of those years. But such a view is hard to reach from the printed page alone: until more of this music is available in decent recordings its artistic richness will remain hidden. Listening to this issue was, for me, yet another experience of astonishment at the sheer quality of the music.

Brumel's Mass Berzereite savoyenne is a lucid and gripping work. I still do not understand how it was possible for a composer to have based a Mass on a piece like Josquin's shepherdess-seduction song; but Brumel certainly hides nothing. In the Kyrie the melody is clearly presented in the top line; later it is in the tenor, but always unmistakably audible, despite the range of crystalline motivic devices that surround it in the other voices. Each movement contains an apparently inexhaustible repertory of new ideas; and the final Agnus Dei has a series of almost unbelievable repetitions (in the old days one would suspect that the needle had got stuck in a groove), which bring this unusually witty work to a surprising close. As a piece of devotional music, it raises questions; but as pure music it is wonderfully satisfying.

The men of Chanticleer manage to keep exactly the right balance of serenity and lightness of touch in the Mass: they succeed marvellously (which is not the case in their rough opening performance of the Josquin chanson). Of the motets, the tiny Sicut lilium and the thick-textured Heth: Cogitavit Dominus sound particularly good. The disc has an authoritative note by Barton Hudson, editor of Brumel's complete works.

Hearing this record has opened my ears to a new dimension of Renaissance music. Perhaps it will do the same for you.

-- Gramophone [7/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bergerette savoyenne by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Randall K Wong (Countertenor), Bruce Sellers (Tenor), Mark Keller (Bass),
Neal Rogers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Missa "Berzerette savoyenne" by Antoine Brumel
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 37 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Laudate Dominum de caelis by Antoine Brumel
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
Sicut lilium by Antoine Brumel
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Lamentations by Antoine Brumel
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Lauda Sion Salvatore by Antoine Brumel
Conductor:  Joseph Jennings
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 09/1987 
Venue:  Klosterkirche, Blaubeuren, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

Featured Sound Samples

Missa "Berzerette savoyenne" (Brumel): Agnus Dei
Sicut lilium inter spinas (Brumel)

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