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Owain Park, The Gesualdo Six - Josquin's Legacy (2021)

Posted By: ArlegZ
Owain Park, The Gesualdo Six - Josquin's Legacy (2021)

Owain Park, The Gesualdo Six - Josquin's Legacy: Ockeghem, Compère, Brumel, La Rue, Févin, Mouton, Willaert, Isaac (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 306 Mb | Total time: 68:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68379 | Recorded: 2020

The Gesualdo Six and director Owain Park (also the group's bass) have expanded their mission quite a bit beyond performances of music by their namesake, recording Renaissance polyphony from various countries. Their precise, close-up sound is instantly appealing and arguably more emotionally involving than the classic cathedral choir recordings of repertory like that on this 2021 release. A specific aspect of Josquin's legacy is explored here: music of the composers who worked after Josquin at the court of the Este family in Ferrara. The program begins with a motet by Ockeghem, possibly Josquin's teacher, and the inspiration for Josquin's magnificent ode Nymphes des bois, memorializing Ockeghem.

New York Polyphony - And the sun darkened: music for Passiontide (2021)

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New York Polyphony - And the sun darkened: music for Passiontide (2021)

New York Polyphony - And the sun darkened: music for Passiontide (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 266 Mb | Total time: 58:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2277 | Recorded: 2018

Resonating across more than five centuries, expressions of personal piety and prayer fill these works by a quartet of Franco-Flemish composers, all born in the 15th century, and their modern-day colleagues, Estonian Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962) and British-Norwegian Andrew Smith (b. 1970).

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

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Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)

Jérôme Lejeune - L'Europe Musicale de la Renaissance / Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance [8CDs] (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.88 Gb | Total time: 10h35' | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC 106

Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez’s example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards.

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs

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Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Petrarca Madrigals (2009) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 537 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 278 Mb | Scans ~ 27 Mb
Label: Oehms Classics | # OC 814 | Time: 02:01:38
Classical, Choral, Renaissance, Vocal Music

Flemish composer Adrian Willaert – who served as maestro di capella at the Cathedral of San Marco in Venice from 1527 until his death in 1562 – contributed so much to the Italian renaissance; while he wasn't the first to develop the Venetian polychoral style, its propagation in the mid-sixteenth century may well be laid at his feet. Willaert helped introduce the forms of canzona and ricercare, which greatly aided the growth of instrumental music in the years to come. The nearly overarching interest in chromaticism among Italian composers in the late renaissance can be traced to Willaert's door. Nevertheless, toss a dart into a crowd of music scholars and chances are you won't manage to hit one that has much of an opinion about Willaert's work or his music – it is seldom recorded and CDs devoted to Willaert alone are rare. On their own, these aspects make Oehms Classics' Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova – featuring the talents of expert vocal ensemble Singer Pur – special, valuable, and significant for purposes of study and filling a major hole in the renaissance repertoire. But beyond that, it is a fine listening experience as well.

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

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Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs

Singer Pur - Adrian Willaert: Musica Nova - The Motets (2013) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.04 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 521 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Choral, A Cappella | Label: Oehms Classics | # OC835 | Time: 03:45:29

The Motets of Willaert have a mysterious reputation as they were originally performed only in clandestine circles for a few initiates until Alfonso II d’Este had a collection published in 1559 (Musica Nova, Venice). Singer Pur are a world renowned a capella singing group with a large audience and following. They have won many international competitions, and have appeared on numerous TV shows. The ensemble is stylistically diverse performing music from the medieval right up to the avant-garde.

Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)

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Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)

Adrien Mabire, La Guilde des Mercenaires - Giovanni Gabrieli: Gloria a Venezia! (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 272 Mb | Total time: 53:47 | Scans included
Classical | Château de Versailles Spectacles | CVS041 | Recorded: 2019

Around 1600, when opera was invented in Italy, venice was resplendent with the works of Giovanni Gabrieli in the Basilica of San Marco. A daring amalgamation of Flemish and Italian styles, this is a corpus of virtuoso pieces in which voices compete with cornetts and trombones for polyphony of rare beauty. In an Italy ravaged by wars, where the Condottieri were the modern Heroes, the souls of these captains rise again thanks to the music of the brilliant Gabrieli, the ultimate representative of a Renaissance that put the fighting Princes into the last cherished armours… Adrien Mabire and his Mercenaries have been recruited to serve under Maestro Gabrieli, to enable his works to resound loud and clear, where we hear the triumphant flapping banners of the Victory at Lepanto, Glory be to the Serenissima!