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Thomas Crecquillon: Missa Mort m'a privé, Oeil esgaré [Import]

Thomas Crecquillon , Stephen Rice , Brabant Ensemble Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Brabant Ensemble
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Composer: Thomas Crecquillon
  • Audio CD (July 11, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000FI902Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oeil Esgare
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Credo
5. Sanctus
6. Agnus Dei
7. Mort M'a Prive
8. Caesaris Auspiciis
9. Mort M'a Prive
10. Cur Fernande Pater
11. Le Monde Est Tel
12. Praemia Pro Validis
13. Congratulamini Mihi

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mort m'a prive August 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who hasn't sampled the glorious singing of The Brabant Ensemble before, or the deeply felt music of Crecquillon, with its gentle, flowing phrases and false relations, then this is a good CD to start with. It has been a firm favourite of mine for a couple of years now.

The mass (Missa Mort m'a prive) is extremely beautiful and memorable. The title, translated as 'Death has deprived me' refers to the death of Isabella of Portugal, beloved wife of Charles V. The material on which the mass is based is heard over and over, ever evolving, and with no hint of monotony at all.

The first of the chansons with the title Mort m'a prive (a 5) clearly provides much of the material used in the mass, but there are subtle references to be discovered amongst other pieces on this disc.

The recorded sound is sumptuous yet with plenty of clarity. I want this disc on my desert island!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful disc July 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This disc is a very beautiful and extremely interesting collection of chansons, motets and a mass setting from the court of Charles V of Spain around 1540, after the death of Charles's Queen, Isabella. Crecquillon served at the Spanish Imperial court at this time and most of these pieces (including the mass) are related to Isabella and her death. Crecquillon's music was new to me and I am extremely glad I tried it with this disc - it is rich, very skilfully composed and extremely beautiful. The funerary pieces are dark and dense and the final motet here, Congratulamini mihi, is a joyful and glowing celebration of Christ's resurrection.

The Brabant Ensemble, formed in 1998, are now well established as world-class performers of this repertoire, and they have done us a great service here in bringing Crecquillon's music to wider attention. They sing superbly on this disc - they are technically excellent, with flawless intonation and an excellent blend and balance, and they express the relationship between text and music beautifully. The recorded sound is excellent, as always with Hyperion, and the notes very interesting and informative.

In short, it's a cracking disc. I love it and and recommend it very warmly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawms and Dulcians August 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are no wind instruments, neither shawms nor dulcians, involved in this performance! I offer the title of this review as an analogy to the vocal imbalance that is the chief weakness of the Brabant Ensemble and even more obviously of several other British ensembles specializing in Early Music. Understand, please, that I like this performance, yes I do, but not quite as much as I'd like to like it, given how much I like the music per se.

In the music business of the 15th and 16th Centuries, instruments were commonly sorted as "alta capella" and "bassa capella" -- loud and soft. Renaissance painters were prone to mixing these instruments for picturesque effects and thus were guilty of confusing 20th musicologists with an absurd iconography. If ever an ensemble including a shawm, a viola da gamba or a lute, and a singer assembled to make music, it was the implausible exception that proved the rule. The shawm was the loudest and most strident double-reed instrument of the era and possibly of any era; its volume can be compared to that of a saxophone playing playing fortissimo, but unlike the saxophone, the shawm simply can't be played quietly. It's a "one affect" horn, and that affect is Thrilling! Modern ensembles that have attempted to blend alta and bassa instruments, particularly shawms with voices, have mostly come acropper. The instrumental companions of the shawms in their heyday were the slide-trumpet and the earliest trombones. Alta capella players, however, often doubled on softer instruments like recorders, for pragmatic reasons.

Eventually, one of those softer instruments, the black cornetto, proved to have so many more capabilities of dynamics, range, and affect that it ousted the shawm from prominence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of My Select Few November 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm not an early vocal music enthusiast, in the sense that I don't own a large collection of recordings in that vein and am certainly no expert -- indeed, I am the most layman-y of laymen when it comes to this kind of music, but I know what I like, and Crecquillon is one of those composers of the time and genre whose works I listen to, and this disc is part of my regular rotation. While I can't contribute meaningfully to the "Shawn and Dulcian" discussion started by another reviewer, I can testify that I find both the music and the renditions on this album quite utterly gorgeous. In passing, I'd also recommend a two-volume set on the Arsis label by the Choir of the Church of the Advent, Boston, that is also exquisite. A vigorous thumbs up, however, for the Brabant Ensemble.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crequillon: Mort m'a prive'... January 17, 2009
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Solemn music. How Charles V must have suffered to have comissioned this work. It still haunts to this day. All in all, an excellent effort that is well worth a listen. Check it out! My rating: 4 stars...
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