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Flemish Polyphony 10 CD Box Se [Box set]

Various Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Eufoda
  • ASIN: B0000523CT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island box of treasures 26 July 2005
By Sator
For a Renaissance music lover this is what you might dream of finding at the end of the rainbow. Getting this set is a like all your Christmas' coming at once. Some of the performances here seem to have that incredible rightness to them that they seem utterly definitive.
First and foremost the choice of repertoire has to be commended. It is difficult to choose composers and works for a set like this. Under the circumstances the results are a wonderful balance between choosing too many predictable famous works and having something just that slight bit out of the ordinary. I must say I like the fact a sizable protions of CDs are devoted to somewhat less known but nonetheless superb composers such as Adrian Willaert and Phillipe Rogier. Out of a 10 volume set only Josquin has a whole CD devoted entirely to his music. Interestingly the Josquin volume is devoted to his chansons - rather than, say, the Missa Pange Lingua and the motets as you might have predicted. Fortunately most of us will have other recordings of these works already anyway, so it really helps to avoid doubling up on recordings. Lassus almost gets a whole CD of music with a nice mixture of his motets and secular music.
Of course some composers seem to somewhat miss out. A more substantial work by Pierre de la Rue would have been ideal, as would more by Obrecht. A complete mass by Gombert to would have been nice too. Although in Erik van Nevel's defense, Obrecht has grown in stature in the eyes of prosterity since these recordings were made. The performance of his motet Salve Regina is still so stupendous that although only 8 minutes long it is good enough to buy the whole boxed set just to get this alone!
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