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The Early Josquin - Magnificat, Missa L'ami Baudechon, Etc

Josquin Desprez , Johannes Ockeghem , Peter Urquhart , Capella Alamire Audio CD
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  • Performer: Capella Alamire
  • Conductor: Peter Urquhart
  • Composer: Josquin Desprez, Johannes Ockeghem
  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000001Q78
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magnificat (Segovia MS)
2. Missa 'L'Ami Baudechon': Kyrie
3. Missa 'L'Ami Baudechon': Gloria
4. Missa 'L'Ami Baudechon': Credo
5. Missa 'L'Ami Baudechon': Sanctus
6. Missa 'L'Ami Baudechon': Agnus Dei
7. Credo 'Sine Nomine'
8. Credo 'Sine Nomine' (Canonic)
9. Credo 'De Tous Biens Playne'

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL! June 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This music is absolutely beautiful to listen to and an audio pleasure that few other recordings can match. It is only a shame that the group, Capella Alamire, has so few recordings to their credit.
However it is Josquin DesPrez that deserves the praise for composing such wonderful music. I first heard the main work, L'ami Beaudechon on the radio in the car and quickly recorded what I thought the announcer said was the title. I missed the exact title and it took me two years to track down this work.
It was worth the wait and should be a welcome addition to anyone who enjoys the sound of the human voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly December 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Until I heard this CD the first time I considered early music rather bland. Was I wrong! Capella Alamaire and Josquin create an atmosphere and mood that is hard to describe. The compositions of Josquin seem to be out of this world, and the voices sound like voices of Angels. This CD is incredible spiritual, but also very uplifting.

This is by far the most beautiful vocal music I have ever heard and I have become a huge fan of Josquin's Music. So much so that I started a web site, [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With Bated Breath and Fingers Crossed... March 20, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
... is how I await the shipment of a new Josquin CD by any but the well-proven ensembles, especially when the CD includes a mass never recorded by anyone else. I'm not a collector; I'm a listener. Is it better to have a mediocre recording of great music, or no recording at all? I usually tilt toward the latter.

Capella Alamire is not unknown to me. I've heard several of their performances, including a solid recording of three masses by Ockeghem under the title "Music of the Modes." They're an ensemble strong on interpretation, less strong on vocal glory since they choose to sing two or three on a part and thus to sound 'choral.' As it turns out, this Josquin recording is older than the Ockeghem, but it's new to me, and the "Missa L'ami baudechon" is the one Josquin mass I've never heard sung, though musicologists have labeled it as Josquin's first. Not much hesitation here: pop! in the cart!

The program notes with the CD, written by director Peter Urquhart, do let the cat out of the bag; there's really no solid information about the chronology of Josquin's compositions, and "L'ami baudechon" might not be early at all. What has led to that assumption is the relatively 'old-fashioned' structure of the mass, using a 'tenor' composed of long notes -- a cantus firmus -- rather than distributing the polyphony to all parts. On the other hand, the rhythmic style of the mass, with its multiple levels of "perfect" tempo (tempo in three) suggests a polished and masterful maturity. I find myself unconvinced about the musicological concerns, but thrilled by the music. This is a different Josquin, a more ebullient and sunny Josquin, and part of the difference is simply the mode - C major Ionian.
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