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Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)

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Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)

Edward Higginbottom, The Choir of New College Oxford - Eustache du Caurroy: Requiem Mass & Motets (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 66:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CRD Records | # CRD 3518 | Recorded: 1996

Eustache du Caurroy is one of the unacknowledged masters of French Renaissaice polyphony whose works are rarely performed, due in part to the general lack of accessible or reliable editions. The majority of his compositions were for liturgical use - probably at the French Royal Court during the reigns of the successive monarchs Charles IX, Henri III and Henri IV. The motets recorded here illustrate two contrasting styles of vocal writing: imitative polyphony and 'musique mesurée', the former equating to the familiar, pan-European idiom of Palestrina and his later Renaissance contemporaries, the latter outlining protracted chord-against chord movement reflecting the natural stress-patterns of the words. The Missa pro Defunctis, the major work on this disc, was first performed at the funeral of Henri IV and remained for many years the official requiem sung at funerals of French monarchs.

Edward Higginbottom, New College Choir Oxford - Matthew Locke: Anthems, Motets and Ceremonial Music (2005)

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Edward Higginbottom, New College Choir Oxford - Matthew Locke: Anthems, Motets and Ceremonial Music (2005)

Edward Higginbottom, The Parley of Instruments, New College Choir Oxford - Matthew Locke: Anthems, Motets and Ceremonial Music (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 290 Mb | Total time: 66:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDH55250 | Recorded: 1989

Matthew Locke, England's leading composer in the 17th century, was also one of the busiest, writing for court, theater, and church. Surprisingly little of his music has been recorded, but this excellent recording helps correct this. The music has a strong emotional character, with dramatic, often pictorial harmonic effects that are less favored by today's choirs, but the quality of these works only makes us wonder why Locke is not better known.

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

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Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)

Edward Higginbottom, London Baroque - Mondonville: De Profundis, Venite exultemus (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 61:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | CDH55038 | Recorded: 1987

When churches were closed by clerical ordinance on special feast days, Parisians of the mid-18th century went instead to Concerts Spirituels of music ranging from grand motets to intimate chamber music. Mondonville's contributions are exceptional for their unusual timbral mix. They include a dozen Pièces de clavecin avec voix ou violon, the harpsichord parts designed not as continuo infill, but fully self-sufficient, while nonetheless accompanying violin and soprano soloists. Three of them here create a rare and arresting soundscape.

Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)

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Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)

Edward Higginbottom, Oxford Baroque, Choir of New College Oxford - Charpentier: Musique sacrée (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 72:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Novum | NCR1387 | Recorded: 2012, 2013

The small string ensemble of Oxford Baroque plays the Praeludium with a juxtaposition of sensuousness and decorum…The choir's interjections are fantastically articulate - with gentle use of inégales, gorgeously shaped ornamental cadences and sincere delivery of the texts.