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Jacob Obrecht: Missa Malheur Me Bat / Laudes Christo / Johannes Martini: Magnificat Tertii Toni / Ave Maris Stella / O Beate Sebastiane / Salve Regina - The Clerks' Group


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  • Performer: Jacob Obrecht, Johannes Martini, The Clerks' Group, Edward Wickham
  • Audio CD (March 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gaudeamus / ASV Digital
  • ASIN: B0000063CN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Laudes Christo
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Credo
5. Sanctus
6. Benedictus
7. Agnus Dei
8. Magnificat Tertii Toni
9. Ave Maris Stella
10. O Beate Sebastiane
11. Salve Regina

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on October 27, 2007
Jacob Obrecht (c. 1457/58 - 1505): Motet "Laudes Christo" and Missa "Malheur me bat"; Johannes Martini (c. 1440 - 1497/98): Magnificat Terti Toni; Ave Maris Stella; O Beate Sebastiane; Salve Regina. Performed by The Clerks Group (Carys Lane, Rebecca Outram, Lucy Ballard, William Missin, Stephen Harrold, Matthew Vine, Edward Wickham, Jonathan Arnold). Recorded in February 1997 at St. Andrew's Church, West Wratting (England). Released in 1998 as ASV Gaudeamus GAU 171. Total playing time: 68'26".

Stunningly beautiful polyphony! My attention was first drawn to this disc shortly after it appeared, when it was given an excellent rating in the July 1998 edition of the short-lived German classical music magazine "Klassik heute". Critic Eva Pintér spoke of the "intelligence of motive formulation", "transparency of articulation" and "a way of shaping the music which finds the best possible balance between expressivity and decently balanced moments, successfully avoiding the dangers of forced liveliness and pseudo-objectivity." Let me translate that into plain English: This is glorious music, stunningly interpreted and brilliantly recorded! Edward Wickham seems to have found an ideal way of presenting this repertoire, using only two singers per voice and placing them in four groups across the breadth of the auditorium. As the engineering is excellent, this enables the listener to follow all the strands of the polyphony without ever having the feeling that it falls apart. And the voices seem to fit each other so perfectly, that I, at least, never for a moment questioned anything that happened here (although I found listening in front of the loudspeakers was even more enjoyable than on headphones, where occasionally the sopranos seemed to dominate a little). The booklet notes by Rob C.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on May 30, 2008
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The previous reviewer has offered a good summary of this disk's contents. I merely wish to note that the Clerk's Group has also released a CD of Josquin Desprez's Missa Malheur Me Bat - same text of course and based on the same chanson, but with strikingly different musical organization. I've recently reviewed that performance. Comparing the two masses, sung by the same superb singers, might be illuminating.

Johannes Martini, despite his name, was a German or Fleming and the "leader" of the Capilla Alta (loud band) in the music-loving court of Ferrara. His motets tend to be more exuberant than polished, but he's a worthy match-up on a CD with Obrecht, who was both exuberant and polished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on December 31, 2011
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For those who are beguiled by renaissance polyphony in general, and by Obrecht's music specifically, this disc is an essential acquisition. It's deplorable that at the time of writing this review this recording is apparently out of print.

For those pursuing recordings of Obrecht mass cycles, perhaps his best music, also consider the Clerks' Group recording of Miss Sub Tuum Praesidium. Other essential recordings include the rendering of Missa Caput by the Oxford Camerata; and the two disc set entitled "Jacob Obrecht 1" by The Sound and the Fury, which includes Rosa Playsante and Fortuna Desperata. I was able to acquire the latter from France via "amazon.fr".

Not to be overlooked is the performance of Missa Maria Zart by the Tallis Scholars. Although there are those who have reservations about recordings by the Scholars, I personally love this disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Cybulska on December 16, 2008
Imaginative work by the composers, tastefully intoned, envisioned and executed by the male and female vocalists of the Clerks Group.

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