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Renaissance - The Music Of Josquin Desprez / King's Singers


Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This program of five motets and sixteen chansons is presented as a collection of the composer's six-part works. In fact, besides its acknowledged omission of Praeter rerum seriem, it ignores ten more six-part motets in the Smijers edition, of which The New Grove works-list downgrades four to the doubtful category (the others have more or less claim to authenticity, a big debate among Josquin scholars). On the other hand, only nine of the chansons are six-voice pieces, and one of those is doubtful.

The King's Singers, who have recently moved to their new label, offer music more rarefied than their usual popular collections, demonstrating an affinity with other Oxbridge graduates who currently dominate the English early-music
Read more scene. The six male voices are nicely balanced, as usual, and their idiomatic interpretations are quite satisfactory. The five-voiced lament for Ockeghem and the four-voiced Mille regretz are among the more familiar items, while O virgo prudentissima seems to be a first recording. The sound is clear, the notes by David Fallows are useful, and texts come with translation. This is a good addition to the Josquin shelf, hardly too crowded anyway.

-- J. F. Weber, FANFARE [5/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1. Benedicta es, celorum regina by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; France 
2. Vous l'arez, s'il vous plaist by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
3. Vous ne l'aurez pas by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
4. A la mort by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
5. O virgo virginum by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
6. Nymphes, nappés by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
7. En l'ombre d'un buissonet by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
8. Regretz sans fin by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
9. Allégez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
10. Absolve, quaesumus, Domine/Requiem aeternam by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
11. Pour souhaitter by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
12. Mille regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
13. Se congié prens by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
14. Ce povre mendiant by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
15. O virgo prudentissima by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
16. Petite camusette by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
17. Déploration sur la mort de Ockeghem by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
18. En l'ombre d'un buissonet by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
19. Baisez moy, ma doulce amye by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
20. Pater noster by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 
21. Ave Maria by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Renaissance 

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