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Requiem Hybrid SACD - DSD


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  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Composer: Johannes Ockeghem, Bent Sørensen
  • Audio CD (April 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Dacapo
  • ASIN: B007C7FBLM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The 500 years that separate Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-97) and Danish composer Bent S++rensen (b. 1958) seem to disappear in this extraordinary Requiem which is a totality integrated both dramatically and musically; a work that unites the stylistic contrasts in a mode of expression that seems at once timeless and entirely present. The project has been initiated by conductor Paul Hillier and interpreted by his GRAMMY-winning ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen. "Everything Paul Hillier touches turns into choral gold" - New York Times

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This mass is very deep and emotional with some superb moments that will stay with me forever.
James W. Unger
Mixing music from the earliest polyphonic Requiem setting with contemporary compositions, this is not the kind of thing I would have expected to like (but I did!).
Jim D.
They have a lovely, haunting sound which is exactly right for this music and the technical excellence to make it glow with beauty.
Sid Nuncius

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on September 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Troping -- "from the 9th century onward, trope refers to additions of new music to pre-existing chants in use in the Western Christian Church" -- was the first step in the journey of a thousand miles from monody to polyphony to the grandest symphony. Composers of the Renaissance were especially adept and and partial to troping, adding new lines and new sections to their own compositions and to compositions of others, including even works that were already sublime masterpieces. The "Missa pro defunctis" of Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) is unquestionably a sublime masterpiece, a milestone of musical history, so it was an act of supreme chutzpah for Danish composer Bent Sørensen (born in 1958) to compose five additional movements to be performed integrally with the Ockeghem Requiem. Sørensen has inserted a "Responsorium" befoer Ockeghem's Introitus; a "Sequentia" after the Kyrie, in the slot where the Gloria is usually heard; a "Benedictus" between Ockeghem's Sanctus and Agnus Dei; and an "In Paradisum" after Ockeghem's Offertorium to conclude the music.

Sørensen doesn't imitate Ockeghem's style or adhere to the rules of harmony and counterpoint that Ockeghem would have heeded. His music is explicitly modern in tonal vocabulary. Likewise, the performance of the Ockeghem sections by Ars Nova Copenhagen are not strictly "historically informed" in vocal manner. There are about eighteen singers in the chorus, far more than you would hear on a top-notch HIPP recording like Ockeghem/De La Rue: Requiem. You can be sure that conductor Paul Hillier, formerly of the Hilliard Ensemble, knows teh difference and has chosen this choral manner to integrate the sounds of old and new.

So the question is obvious: Does it work? Does the New deserve to be heard along with the Old? To my ears, it works ineffably well. You'll need the CD in order to form your own judgment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim D. on May 2, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Mixing music from the earliest polyphonic Requiem setting with contemporary compositions, this is not the kind of thing I would have expected to like (but I did!). Bent Sorensen was commissioned by conductor Paul Hillier to assemble some music he had already written, and to compose more, to fill out the missing bits of Ockeghem's "Missa pro defunctis" into a complete concert piece. (In his earlier recording, appropriate plainchants were used for the missing movements.) The new music is not a pastiche of the old; it is clearly in its own style--though both draw at times from the even older chant. Sorensen's additions sound to me relatively austere at first, but become more dissonant as the work goes on. Director and chorus are equally at home in early music and modern, and are presented in state-of-the-art sound. Texts, translations, notes on the composer and the project.
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By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 29, 2014
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This is another innovative project by the great Paul Hillier. I haven't always liked his more adventurous exploits, but this one is quite brilliant, I think. He has interspersed the wonderful Requiem setting by Ockeghem with pieces (Fragments of Requiem) by the contemporary Danish composer Bent Sorensen, which could easily have turned out to be a horrible mess, but it works extremely well. Sorensen's work is distinctively 21st Century in some of its harmonic structures, but captures a similar spare and beautiful sense to Ockeghem's great work and the two composers complement each other really well. I think the result is quite spellbinding.

Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen perform it all brilliantly. They have a lovely, haunting sound which is exactly right for this music and the technical excellence to make it glow with beauty. Hillier uses his decades of experience to bring out just the right feel in both composers' works so that they blend very well together while retaining their individual identities. It is exemplary work, I think, and beautifully recorded so that the overall sound is quite breathtaking in places.

I would warmly recommend this even to those who, like me, are a bit sceptical about mixing contemporary music with great polyphonic works. I love Ockeghem's Requiem and was very concerned that this would simply spoil it, but tried it because Paul Hillier can produce something truly special sometimes. This is one of those times, in my view and I would urge people to try it. I think it's a real gem.
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By Frederiek van Heijst on February 5, 2014
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A wonderfully beautiful combination of compositions. Each element is performed with excellence which makes the listener drift away into heavenly atmospheres
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Johannes Ockeghem and Bent Sørensen - Requiem

Johannes Ockeghem composed this beautiful choral requiem 500 years ago which has been lovingly compiled, augmented by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and performed in completition by conductor Paul Hillier and Ars Nova Copenhagen.
Sørensen was basically tasked (or commissioned) to complete the 500 year old requiem because of his previous in depth knowledge of Ockeghem. Danish composer Bent Sørensen augmented this mass adding in some movements from the Requiem which he had already composed. This was something I was a little unsure of when i bought this SACD but I can tell you that this proved to be unneeded.

The end result is a beautiful choral mass that I am very fond of which strives to reach the heavens and will clearly take you to a place you have never been before. This mass is very deep and emotional with some superb moments that will stay with me forever. Granted you have to be in a mood for this type of choral music, but if you are then this disc is a wonderful way to spend and hour.

The Ars Nova Copenhagen choral orchestra are stunning.........wow....this album will make your heart soar ..........

I was really caught off guard with just how beautiful this album is...........
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