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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Ockeghem: Missa L'Homme armé; Josquin: Memor esto verbi tui (1998)

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Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Ockeghem: Missa L'Homme armé; Josquin: Memor esto verbi tui (1998)

Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata - Ockeghem: Missa L'Homme armé; Josquin: Memor esto verbi tui (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 218 Mb | Total time: 56:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.554297 | Recorded: 1997

On Naxos the soaring opening Ave Maria, gloriously sung, immediately sets the seal on the inspirational power of Ockeghem’s music. It is followed by the plainchant, Alma redemptoris Mater, and they its polyphonic setting, simple and flowing and harmonically rich. The robust ballad, L’Homme armé, follows (‘The armed man must be feared’), sounding vigorously jolly, like a carol. It must have been hugely popular in its day since so many composers used it as a basis for a Mass. While the polyphony in the Gloria and Credo moves onward inventively, the work’s dramatic and emotional peak is readily found in the extended Sanctus (by far the longest section) and resolved in the sublime melancholy of the Agnus Dei.

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

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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).

Stile Antico - The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez (2021)

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Stile Antico - The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez (2021)

Stile Antico - The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 341 Mb | Total time: 82:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 485 1340 | Recorded: 2020

Decca Classics announces the release of the first in a trilogy of recordings from the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico to celebrate major anniversaries of three Renaissance masters. The first release, The Golden Renaissance: Josquin des Prez is dedicated to the Franco-Flemish composer to mark the 500th anniversary of his death and features a world premiere recording of Josquin's chanson, Vivrai je tousjours.

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.

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

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Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)

Stile Antico - From the Imperial Court: Music for the House of Hapsburg (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 71:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMU 807595 | Recorded: 2013

The 16 voices of the British choir Stile Antico have a reputation for perfect blend and for programs that go beyond the favorites generally essayed by the similarly sized British choir the Sixteen. That's what's in this collection of motets (and the chanson Mille regretz) united by their connection to the Hapsburg court. It may be surprising to see Thomas Tallis under that rubric, but as the informative booklet points out, he makes the cut due to the marriage of Philip II of Spain to Mary Tudor. As that suggests, and as might be expected from a collection of pieces spanning a century, the Hapsburg factor does little to unite these pieces, even if the Emperor Maximilian does get name-checked at one point. Instead, this is simply a collection of intriguing Renaissance works that are generally beyond the ones normally heard.

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prés: Hercules Dux Ferrarie, D'ung aultre amer, Faysant regretz (2020)

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Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prés: Hercules Dux Ferrarie, D'ung aultre amer, Faysant regretz (2020)

Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars - Josquin des Prés: Hercules Dux Ferrarie, D'ung aultre amer, Faysant regretz (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 313 Mb | Total time: 71:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Gimell | # CDGIM 051 | Recorded: 2020

This release is the last in a series of nine Josquin mass recordings by The Tallis Scholars and their director, Peter Phillips. The series began in 1986, and Phillips has been the group's director since it was founded in 1973. The Tallis Scholars are, thus, a well-oiled machine, and they're capable of a flawless vocal blend that's hard to match even among England's superb collection of small choirs (the Scholars are ten strong). There are other ways to sing Josquin, but their hyper-clarity works well in his music, for it brings out the music's striking, Bachian complexity. This particular album, despite its ultimate position, is especially good, for in the Missa Hercules Dux Ferrarie and Missa Faysant Regretz, it's best to have no distractions from the strikingly bold underlying structure.

Karl-Ernst Schroder, Crawford Young - Amours Amours Amours: Lute Duos around 1500 (2002)

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Karl-Ernst Schroder, Crawford Young - Amours Amours Amours: Lute Duos around 1500 (2002)

Karl-Ernst Schröder, Crawford Young - Amours Amours Amours: Lute Duos around 1500 (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 258 Mb | Total time: 58:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 905253 | Recorded: 2001

The Schola Cantorum in Basel has long championed the imaginative exploration of early music, creating expertly-researched programmes and encouraging superbly-performed interpretations with a close attention also to the most appropriate recording conditions. Such was the case with Amours amours amours, a disc of lute duos starting from music composed in the fifteenth century, recorded in 2001 by Karl-Ernst Schröder and Crawford Young.

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)

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Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)

Stephen Rice, The Brabant Ensemble - Josquin: Motets & Mass Movements (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 345 Mb | Total time: 78:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68321 | Recorded: 2020

Biographical and musicological certainties may be in short supply in the life and work of Josquin, but there's no gainsaying the magnificence of the music. This program of shorter works, from The Brabant Ensemble and Stephen Rice, most in unusual guise, celebrates his 500th anniversary.

Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)

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Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)

Dulces Exuviae, Romain Bockler, Bor Zuljan - Josquin: Adieu Mes Amours (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 257 Mb | Total time: 62:52 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC403 | Recorded: 2018

A composer admired by his contemporaries, Josquin Desprez (ca 1450-1521) was a solitary artist who sublimated in his chansons the melancholy character and the elegance emblematic of the Renaissance. For their first recording, Dulces Exuviae explore the intimacy of these chansons in a fresh light: the sweet melodies are embellished by ornaments and accompanied on the lute, leaving ample room for improvisation, and thus allowing music to come out all the more alive, delicate and filled with emotion. The ensemble Dulces Exuviae is baritone Romain Bockler and lutenist Bor Zuljan.

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)

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Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Une fête chez Rabelais: Chansons et pièces instrumentales (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 58:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMX 290840 | Recorded: 1994

Founded in Paris in 1978 the Ensemble Clément Janequin devotes itself principally to the secular and religious music of the Renaissance. Its interpretations of the Parisian chanson are regarded as authoritative, and recordings of works like Les Cris de Paris, Le Chant des Oyseaulx, Fricassée Parisienne and La Chasse have brought back to life one of golden ages of French music. Now available to a wide audience, the music of Janequin, Sermisy, Anthoine de Bertrand, Costeley, Roland de Lassus and Claude Le Jeune illustrates the contrasts in which the Renaissance took such delight…

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

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The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)

The King's Singers - Madrigals & Songs from the Renaissance [8CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 07:21:41 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029570282 | Recorded: 1974-1990

In 1968, six former choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge established the King’s Singers, later described by The Times as “the superlative vocal sextet”. The group has always comprised two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and over the years it has proved consistently exceptional for vocal distinction and breadth and diversity of repertoire. This celebratory collection of eight CDs focuses on Renaissance composers from Italy, England, France, Spain, Germany and the Low Countries.

Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)

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Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)

Alexander Blachly, Pomerium - Musica Vaticana (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 303 Mb | Total time: 66:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glissando | # 779 001-2 | Recorded: 1998

A selection of monumental Roman works from the Cappella Sistina music manuscripts in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana dating from the time of popes Julius II, Leo X, and Clement VII (1503-1534). This CD, recorded for Pure Classics/Glissando, was produced to be sold at the exhibition titled "Hochrenaissance im Vatikan (1503-1534). Kunst und Kultur im Rom der Päpste I" shown at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, Germany, in the year 1998. It is Pomerium's most popular recording. Includes such classic's of Renaissance sacred music as Josquin's Benedicta es, celorum regina and Virgo salutiferi, Mouton's Tua est potentia, Carpentras's Lamentationes Jeremie, and Willaert's Enixa est puerpera.

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)

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Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)

Dominique Visse, Ensemble Clément Janequin - Josquin Desprez: Le Septiesme Livre de Chansons (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 61:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ricercar | # RIC423 | Recorded: 2020

2021 sees the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Des Pres, the most celebrated composer of his day. Dominique Visse and the Ensemble Clément Janequin are recording a selection of his chansons from one of the most important editions of his works, Tylman Susato’s Septiesme livre de Chansons published in 1545. This edition bear witness to the diversity of Josquin’s chanson writing, but above all to the melancholy and sorrow so present in his works, and is clearly a tribute, as is also evident in the two Déplorations on his death, Musæ Jovis by Nicolas Gombert and O mors inevitabilis by Hieronymus Vinders. This recording endeavours to present a Josquin legacy, a post mortem illustration of his chanson œuvre, in remembrance of his musical genius.

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

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Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)

Passion: Sacred Masterpieces: Schütz, Bach, Purcell, Handel, Telemann, Pergolesi, Haydn [15CDs] (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.86 Gb | Total time: 15:10:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Brilliant Classics | # 94032 | Recorded: 1994-2002

A stunning collection of some of the greatest sacred music ever written. From the great Lamentations of Byrd, Tallis and Palestrina, the listener is taken on a remarkable spiritual journey through Bach’s great St Matthew Passion, Purcell’s moving and bleak funeral music for Queen Mary, and Handel radiant Messiah. Pergolesi’s masterful setting of the Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Passions-Oratorium are also to be found here, along with Haydn’s Stabat Mater and his dark and intense masterpiece Die sieben letzen Worte, or The Seven Last Words of our Saviour from the Cross. Finally, Allegri’s hauntingly beautiful Miserere opens this collection – a work that was copied from memory after one hearing by the child Mozart. Prior to that moment the work had only been heard in the Vatican.