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listen  1. Reges Terrae: I. Regees terrae congregati suntEbba Rydh 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Reges Terrae: II. Et venientes invenerunt puerumEbba Rydh 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Regina caeli: I. Reguba caeli, laetareEbba Rydh 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Regina caeli: II. Resurrexit sicut dixitEbba Rydh 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Laudate Dominum: I. Laudate Dominum, omnes gentesEbba Rydh 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Laudate Dominum: II. Plaudite ergo, omnes gentesEbba Rydh 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. O magnum mysterium: I. O magnum mysteriumMarianne Beate Kielland 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. O magnum mysterium: II. Domine, audivi auditum tuumMarianne Beate Kielland 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hei mihi domine: Hei mihi, DomineMarianne Beate Kielland 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Ego sum qui sum: I. Ego sum qui sumMarianne Beate Kielland 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ego sum qui sum: II. Tulerunt Dominum meumMarianne Beate Kielland 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. O Virgo viginumMarianne Beate Kielland 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Exaltata est sancta Dei Genitrix: I. Exaltata est sancta Dei GenitrixMarianne Beate Kielland 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Exaltata est sancta Dei Genitrix: II. Virgo PrudentissimaMarianne Beate Kielland 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Missa Reges Terrae: Agnus DeiMarianne Beate Kielland 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000REGIRI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on August 8, 2009
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The name of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor from 1519 to 1556, appears fairly frequently in the titles of renaissance music collections including, for example, a very fine disc from Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI on AliaVox. Whatever one's opinion of his role in history, Charles V evidently had (in common with seekers of renaissance music CDs on the internet) excellent taste in music. What is more - and, sadly, unlike the rest of us - he also possessed the power and wealth to attract some of the finest musicians of Europe into his service. The result of all this is that CD compilations of music by composers employed by, or in some way associated with, his imperial court chapel, can draw on an extraordinary repertory of fine music, both from the Spanish musicians of the time, such as Morales and Guerrero, and from their great Franco-Flemish contemporaries of the post-Josquin generation.

The present disc from Nordic Voices is an exceptionally fine example of this genre, and it stands out from other such collections for two reasons. Firstly their choice of works, and the arrangement of their programme, are brilliant, my own favourites being the marvellous - and rarely heard - pieces by Morales, Gombert and Clemens non Papa. Secondly, they sing like angels. Each one of the six members of the group has a truly lovely voice, their ensemble and balance are immaculate, and they perform each piece with an innate feeling for the music which seems to bring it, even after nearly five centuries since it was written, directly into our hearts. Listen, for example, to the purity, sensitivity and blend of the high voices in the magical opening phrases of Clemens' nativity motet "O magnum mysterium"; and the same applies to the lower voices at the start of Gombert's beautiful "Ego sum qui sum".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on January 26, 2010
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The six singers of the ensemble "Nordic Voices" have taken to heart the Biblical injunction to 'make a joyful noise unto the Lord', though the Lords of the Earth - Reges Terrae - of their CD title were the 16th C Hapsburg monarchs Charles V, Maximilian I, and others. That is, the motets recorded here were all written by composers in the service of secular lords, for performance in courtly chapels; the composers are: Pierre de Manchicourt, Cristobal de Morales, Clemens 'non Papa', Francisco Guerrero, and Nicolas Gombert. Nordic Voices seem to have a special affinity for Manchicourt; the two motets and the Agnus Dei by that little-known master are the most thrilling tracks on this CD, rhythmically incisive and passionately expressive. Let me proclaim unabashedly that the selections by the two great Spaniards, Morales and Guerrero, are probably the best performances of either composer available, the only close rival being the recordings by the Concord Ensemble. So trust me, this is a CD that earnest fans of Renaissance polyphony WILL want.

With their clarino-like vibrato-free female sopranos and altos, Nordic Voices sound a lot like The Tallis Scholars. Like the Scholars, I suspect they often transpose their chosen works upwards within the rubrics of the original notation. A beautiful serenity, a luminous soul-scape of sound, is what they intend, and they have the gorgeous voices to achieve that ideal. Their tuning is impeccable and their sense of precise ensemble is, if anything, better than The Tallis Scholars. That 'ensemble' edge is most apparent on the Manchicourt "Laudate dominum", with its exuberant "perfect" (three-beat) tempus. They take more chances with dynamics than the Scholars, and the affective results are impressive. They are simply more exciting to hear.
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