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  • Conductor: Paul van Nevel
  • Composer: Alessandro Striggio, Giovanni Gabrieli, Josquin Desprez, João Lourenço Rebelo, Juan Bautista Comes, et al.
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000HXDS0E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nomen Mortis Infame
2. Gloria
3. Qui Habitat
4. Jesus Autem/Credo in Deum
5. Ecce Beatam Lucem
6. En Venant De Lyon
7. Lauda Jerusalem
8. Exaudi Me Domine
9. Spem in Alium for Eight Five-part Choirs, '40-part Motet'

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BBC Review

This is one of the most imaginative and well-planned birthday celebrations I've come across, although we have arrived a little late at the party.

The Huelgas-Ensemble and director Paul van Nevel celebrated its 35th birthday in 2005 with live concerts of some truly complex, multi-voiced polyphony!including the 40 part work, Ecce beatam lucem by Alessandro Striggio, which was the catalyst for a splendid piece of 40-part retaliation from Thomas Tallis: "Spem in alium", the best-known work here. The Huelgas-Ensemble has recorded both before for Sony, but heard live, these performances are less restrained, perhaps in a way that might not please the purists. But as the many polyphonic strands surround you - and here they do surround you, thanks to this hybrid SACD - you'd have to have a cold heart not to be caught up in the performances. The ingenuity of the composers is extraordinary; there's one of the strangest and in its way most original works in the Eton Choirbook, by the late 15th century English composer Robert Wylkynson. His setting of "Jesus autem transiens" is a 13 part canon, with every voice moving within the same restricted vocal compass. And before it there's a 24-voice setting of "Qui habitat" by Josquin in which the singers divide into four choirs, each with its own six-part canon. It has a hypnotic effect...and so does the work which opens the concert, a newly-commissioned piece by Willem Ceuleers (in 35 parts of course, one for each year), which had me fooled until some decidedly modern touches broke through the renaissance texture. It's ingenious, but it does outstay its welcome, unlike every other work on this astonishing disc.

This recording is Disc Of The Week on Radio 3's CD Review --Andrew McGregor

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I like this disc. It is taken from concert performances of large-scale Renaissance works (plus one very good modern piece) and is a tour de force from the excellent Huelgas ensemble. The largest-scale are Striggio's Ecce beatam lucem and Tallis's justly famous Spem in alium, both for the 40 voices which give the disc its name. In addition there are works by Josquin, Wylkinson and others, including a very good (if perhaps over-long) 35-part work by Willem Ceuleers written to mark the Huelgas' 35th anniversary in 2006, of which this concert is a celebration. It's a fine selection of pieces, several of which the Huelgas Ensemble performed on their very good Utopia Triumphans disc.

These are very good concert performances, full of engagement with the text, remarkably good intonation and a rather free, celebratory feel which I like a lot and which isn't often found in studio performances. My only reservation is that an entire disc of these multi-voiced works is very rich fare, and I find it hard to take the whole thing at once. Individually they are very enjoyable, but I find I do need a sort of palate cleanser after a couple of tracks and have to listen to something else before returning to the disc.

Other than that, can recommend this as an enjoyable and at times very moving disc of extremely fine music.

(By the way, I agree with the reviewer here, Mollusses, who says that if you're just looking for a recording of Spem in alium, this probably isn't the one to begin with. It's an engaging live performance, but for a performance to listen to again and again I would recommend the fabulous version on Magnificat's brilliant disc of Tallis's works: Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium )
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. G. Veitch on 24 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just adore this disc! The music is amazing. This really shows off SACD's sound quality and the benefits of multichannel sound as the choir surrounds you and you can really hear more separation of the different parts and enjoy being enveloped in these wonderful sounds My favourite track, if I had to choose one as they are all brilliant, is the Desprez, Qui habitat, it is simply gorgeous. I should add that this is a great disc in stereo, but yes, it really comes to life in SACD mulitchannel. Thanks Harmonia Mundi,for producing some great SACDs.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mollusses on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I own and enjoy this - it is a good collection, but if you're after a great version of Tallis' Spem in alium then I implore you to opt for The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis - it is by far a superior recording. Having had the rare opportunity to hear the piece in the flesh, this version does not (in my opinion) come close to capturing the atmosphere and soul grazing majesty of either the live experience or the TS recording. That said, the rest is good so buy with confidence.
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By Mr C Le Vay on 11 Jan. 2015
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Great, no problems.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sumella on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Now, this is what I call Brilliance! The Best performance from the best Ensemble, the Best recording from the Best label Harmonia Mundi. Thanks to the high quality standards maintained by Harmonia Mundi, this recording is so far the highest resolution we have heard.

Buy this with confidence!
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