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listen  1. Ockeghem: Missa Fors seulement - 1. KyrieThe Clerks' Group 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Ockeghem: Missa Fors seulement - 2. GloriaThe Clerks' Group 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ockeghem: Missa Fors seulement - 3. CredoThe Clerks' Group 7:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ockeghem: Fors seulementThe Clerks' Group 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. de la Rue: Fors seulementThe Clerks' Group 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Brumel: Du tout plongiet/Fors seulementThe Clerks' Group12:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ockeghem: Requiem - 1. IntroitThe Clerks' Group 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Ockeghem: Requiem - 2. KyrieThe Clerks' Group 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ockeghem: Requiem - 3. GradualeThe Clerks' Group 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ockeghem: Requiem - 4. TractusThe Clerks' Group 7:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Performer: Jonathan Arnold, Robin Blaze, Stephen Harrold, Carys-Anne Lane, Robert MacDonald, et al.
  • Composer: Johannes Ockeghem, Pierre de La Rue, Antoine Brumel
  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gaudeamus
  • ASIN: B0000030PB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ockeghem's Requiem, the oldest surviving polyphonic setting of the funeral Mass, is Ockeghem's most famous work, and his most unusual. The style varies widely from movement to movement: the opening Introit, very plain and syllabically set, might have been written in the 1430s by Dufay; the rhapsodic duos in the tract Sicut cervus might have been written 70 years later by Josquin. The chanson "Fors seulement" and the Mass based on it both have a consistently fluid, melodious style and explore very low vocal ranges (as does Brumel's exquisitely gloomy setting of the chanson). The Clerks' Group won a well-deserved Gramophone Award for this disc, the centerpiece of their Ockeghem series. --Matthew Westphal

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The music is lovely and the performances are first rate.
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The voices are perfectly blended and the digital recording mix provides impeccable clarity so that every line has definition.
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Production values are similarly outstanding, which makes this an essential disc for any collector of early music.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "hcf" on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This marvelous CD canvasses two great examples of Ockeghem's genius: Missa Fors Seulement (recorded here for the first time! ), a texturally cohesive, deeply reflective work, probably dating from the last decade of the composer's life, and Requiem, probably an earlier work, a texturally diverse compilation of movements that seem to accumulate in complexity with each passing movement - some say it's a pastiche from several Ockeghem's requiems, but perhaps it was intended as an exploration of styles witnessed and tried by Ockeghem during his life, from the most geometrical to the most florid and melodic. These amazing musical contrasts, all within 71 minutes of playing time, help one appreciate the reason Ockeghem was so respected by his contemporaries. The booklet mentions the poetic and musical tributes to Ockeghem that were written on his death. The most well known of them is Josquin's Deploration on the death of Ockeghem (nymphes du bois) which can be heard on The Hilliard's recording of Josquin's Motets and Chansons - listen to it, it weaves two lines of Requiem into the heart-rending secular lament by poet Molinet. The "fillers" on this disc are also remarkable. One is a setting of Ockeghem's famous rondeau Fors Seulement by Pierre de la Rue (Ockeghem's original Fors Seulement is also featured). The other is the darkly intriguing Du Tout Plongiet by Antoine Brumel. The Clerks vocalize all four parts, but, as was observed by Gramophone, they owe their inspiration to the pioneering recording of this work by David Munrow, on the Art of the Netherlands CD, with Martyn Hill and Geoffrey Shaw, accompanied by two bass viols. This single piece, with two lines of thought moving simultaneously in perfect counterpoint, is so beautiful that it alone is worth the price of this disc. Unsurprisingly, this disc won a Gramophone award.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Konczal on January 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Though not as well known today as predecessor Guillaume Dufay and prot'è'gè Josquin Desprez, Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) was revered by contemporaries and was once considered the premier composer of the 15th Century. Josquin himself acknowledged Ockeghem's importance, commemorating his predecessor in the lament "La d'èploration de Jehan Ockeghem."

With "Missa Fors Seulement," Ockeghem follows in the footsteps of Dufay, who pioneered the technique of basing the Mass Ordinary on a pre-existing tenor from a secular source (as opposed to a Church-approved plainsong chant) with his "Missa Se la face ay pale." One key difference is that while Dufay's "Missa se la face ay pale" was based on a short chanson, Ockeghem structures his Mass on a song ("Fors Seulement") that's longer than any of the individual Mass movements. Ockeghem begins each Mass movement with a haunting "head motif" based on a descending tetrachord. From there, Ockeghem plunges his lower voices to depths unexplored by previous composers, creating an effect that is positively spine-tingling.

"Requiem," the earliest surviving Requiem Mass composition by any composer, represents an entirely different side of Ockeghem. Ockeghem explores a variety of polyphonic textures, thereby eschewing compositional unity. In this, he seems to have influenced later composers such as Obrecht.

The inclusion of works based on "Fors Seulement" by Pierre de la Rue and Antoine Brumel illustrates Ockeghem's influence on the following generation of composers and reinforces Ockeghem's place in music history.

This is the second CD I heard in the Clerks' Group's Ockeghem series (after "Missa de plus en plus; 5 Motets"). Once again, their performances excel, as do the disc's production values. The Clerks' Group's efforts to restore Ockeghem's reputation are clearly succeeding, and I look forward to hearing the rest of their series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on July 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A revelatory performance of one of the more difficult early music composers, this disk brings together an excellent balance of music, performed with precision and great beauty. The sound is slightly rougher than Tallis Scholars but tuning is excellent and in general Clerks' Group is extremely effective at communicating the etheral beauty and unique sounds of this music. I like the selection of works, which includes two versions of the original motet upon which the Missa Fors Selement was based.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Tierra on November 28, 2000
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This is a stunning recording in every respect. The voices are perfectly blended and the digital recording mix provides impeccable clarity so that every line has definition. This music of Okeghem, especially as performed by this superb vocal ensemble, should appeal to all those who have come to recognize the meditative beauty of Hildegarde's monophonic music. Imagine three or four single voiced gregorian chant lines weaving in and out of each other but with rhythmic vigor to form a a rich tapestry of sound and you may begin to form an appreciation of this great music. Trying to imagine the ideal setting for appreciation of this music. Certainly it was written to accompany the solemn ritual of the Catholic mass but unlike the later composers of the renaissance, this music is not intended as a display for royalty but truly an introspective experience. While the music is ever evolving and changing, it remains the same like the facets of a turning diamond catching different light reflections. Okeghem was one of the greatest of the Flemish 15th century composers whose work was highly respected and imitated by his contemporaries and his successors. He is one of the important events in the historical evolution of a kind of spiritaul music that ultimately culminated in the music of the great J.S. Bach. When listening to this music, light a candle, remove all distractions and allow yourself and all the cells of your body to be acted upon by its full deep resonance.
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