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Missa Prolationum

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Humilium Decus
  2. Missa Prolationum: Kyrie
  3. Missa Prolationum: Gloria
  4. Missa Prolationum: Credo
  5. Missa Prolationum: Sanctus
  6. Missa Prolationum: Benedictus
  7. Missa Prolationum: Agnus Dei
  8. Gaude Coelestis Domina
  9. In Hydraulis
  10. Flos De Spina
  11. Illibata Del Virgo Nutix

Product Details

  • Composer: Jacob Obrecht, Johannes Ockeghem, Antoine Busnois, Johannes Pullois, Josquin Desprez
  • Audio CD (November 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gaudeamus
  • ASIN: B0000030OM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sator on August 3, 2005
Johannes Ockeghem (c1410 - 1497) was a composer who had one of the most far reaching impacts on the history of music. He was also the father of the musical form of the canon. So whether it is a canon by a modern composer, by Bach or by Pachabel - all these are but ripples of the impact that this man had on the destiny of Western music. However of all of the surviving works - there is a sadly lost 36 part mass cycle - the Missa Prolationum is the one that shows the grandiosity of his musical vision, his audacity and the genius of his mind perhaps far greater than any other. Ockeghem is the father of period of flowering of Renaissance music that after him reached a peak of complex richness that has perhaps never had its equal since. On his death the finest composers in Europe gathered together to pay him tribute - including Josquin, la Rue, and Obrecht.

The Mass is a canon cycle in which different sections of the choir sing the canon simultaneously at two different tempi (prolationum refers to different subdivisions of the whole note) - in other words it is a double canon. The cycle progresses with each section starting with a double canon at the unison, then at the second, third and so on up a double canon at the octave. It all sounds phenomenally complex in theory but listening to the work, the results have an effortlessly fluent yet powerful impact of unflagging communicative power.

The recording here by the Clerk's group has much to recommend it. While many still swear by the recording by the Hilliard that recording is becoming difficult to obtain and some may prefer the use of sopranos in place of countertenors.
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By James A. Altena on November 27, 2013
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Wickham's complete Ockeghem mass cycle has rightly drawn superlative reviews. This CD completes my acquisition fo the entire series. Let's hope it gets re-released by the parties that have bought up the rights to the defunct ASV label!
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