The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort

Release Date: 11/12/2007
Catalog Number: WAR64215
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the most influential recordings of early music ever made - the phrase “essential listening” is often used but it surely applies to “The Art of the Netherlands”.

...[This is] arguably Munrow’s most consistent and most polished collection, devoted to the sacred and secular polyphony of the mid-to-late fifteenth century. These recordings remain marvellously fresh and vital – even in the case of pieces that have since had more polished or more clearly recorded interpretations. That is especially true of the sacred music, recorded entirely vocally and (in most cases) one to a part. I challenge anyone to name a more tempestuous reading of Brumel’s “Earthquake Mass”, a more sombre, self-absorbed Intemerata Dei mater (this is still the only recording at super-low pitch), or more luminously clear canons (in Ave sanctissima Maria and Nesciens mater). In the recordings of secular music, the passage of time is rather more obvious. But idiosyncratic though it may now appear, the choice of instruments always combines flair and verve (the four settings of De tous biens plaine are a fine example). In the songs, tempos are rather more languorous than one is now used to, but Munrow’s finest inspirations still strike very deep (the Clerks’ Group’s recent, superlative recording of Du tout plongiet owes much to his). Though one is inevitably filled with a sense of loss at the thought of how much more Munrow might have achieved, one likes to think that if he were alive today, he would be as youthful as his recordings have remained. The phrase “essential listening” is often used (perhaps too often), but it surely applies to “The Art of the Netherlands”.

...[This set includes] a fine introductory sleeve-note by John Milsom (the attributions of individual pieces have since been revised)... [W]e are dealing here with one of the most influential recordings of early music ever made.

-- Fabrice Fitch, Gramophone [11/1997]
Works on This Recording
1. Scaramella va alla guerra by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Andrew van der Beek (Alto Recorder), Alan Lumsden (Alto Recorder), James Bowman (Countertenor), James Tyler (Guitar), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), David Corkhill (Tambourine)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
2. Allégez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
3. Allegez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Anonymous
Performer: Robert [Lute] Spencer (Lute), James Tyler (Lute)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
4. El grillo by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
5. De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Nigel North (Tenor Rebec), Oliver Brookes (Bass Rebec), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Bass Rebec), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; France
6. De tous biens playne à 4 by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Fiddle), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola da Gamba), David Munrow (Bass Recorder), James Tyler (Viola da Gamba)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
7. De tous biens plaine by Alexander Agricola
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Oliver Brookes (Fiddle), James Tyler (Lute), David Munrow (Treble Recorder)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ;
8. Du tout plongiet/Fors seulement by Antoine Brumel
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Viola da Gamba), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
9. Een vrolic wesen by Jacobus Barbireau
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), James Tyler (Lute), David Munrow (Alto Recorder), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
10. Een vroylic wesen by Paul Hofhaimer
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Regal)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
11. Ein fröhlich wesen by Jacob Obrecht
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Andrew van der Beek (Bass Dulcian), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Michael Laird (Cornett), James Bowman (Countertenor), Alan Lumsden (Tenor Sackbut)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
12. Prenez sur moi vostre exemple by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Flanders, Belgium
13. Ma bouche rit by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), James Tyler (Lute), Nigel North (Lute), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Flanders, Belgium
14. Adieu, mes amours by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Christopher Hogwood (Harp ), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), Nigel North (Treble Vla da gamba)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
15. Adieu, mes amours by Anonymous
Performer: Christopher Hogwood (Organ)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1535 ;
16. Fortuna desperata by Antoine Brumel
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
17. Fortuna desperata by Alexander Agricola
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Oliver Brookes (Viola da Gamba), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Viola da gamba), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Nigel North (Viola da Gamba)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ;
18. Fortuna disperata by Anonymous
Performer: Nigel North (Lute), James Tyler (Lute), David Munrow (Tenor Dulcimer), Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones (Tenor Rebec), Eleanor Sloan (Treble Rebec)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
19. Missa sine nomine: Kyrie by Johannes de Tinctoris
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
20. Missa "Et ecce terrae motus": Gloria by Antoine Brumel
Performer: Terry Edwards (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Ian Thompson (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor), David [Countertenor] James (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
21. De tous biens playne by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
22. Missa "Ave sanctissima Maria": Sanctus by Pierre de La Rue
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
23. Missa "La spagna": Agnus Dei by Heinrich Isaac
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
24. O bone Jesu by Loyset Compère
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
25. De profundis clamavi by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: James Bowman (Countertenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
26. Benedicta es, celorum regina by Josquin Des Préz
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1520 ; France
27. Nesciens mater virgo virum by Jean Mouton
Performer: Charles Brett (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor), David [Countertenor] James (Countertenor), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
28. Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria by Anonymous
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Rosemary Hardy (Soprano), Sally Dunkley (Soprano), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Ian Thompson (Tenor), Charles Brett (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
29. Intemerata Dei mater by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer: Terry Edwards (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Maurice Bevan (Baritone)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Flanders, Belgium
30. Laudemus nunc Dominum by Jacob Obrecht
Performer: Terry Edwards (Bass), Martyn Hill (Tenor), John Potter (Tenor), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Leigh Nixon (Tenor), Ian Thompson (Tenor), Maurice Bevan (Baritone), Charles Brett (Countertenor), David [Countertenor] James (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
31. Ave sanctissima Maria by Pierre de La Rue
Performer: Martyn Hill (Tenor), Terry Edwards (Bass), Paul Elliott (Tenor), Geoffrey Shaw (Baritone), Charles Brett (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor)
Conductor: David Munrow
Orchestra/Ensemble: Early Music Consort
Period: Renaissance
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