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Josquin Desprez: Stabat Mater / Motets (La Chapelle Royale/Herreweghe)

La Chapelle Royale , Josquin Desprez , Philippe Herreweghe Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe
  • Composer: Josquin Desprez
  • Audio CD (10 Jan 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Musique D'Abord (Harmonia Mundi)
  • ASIN: B0049BX03U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ave MariaLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 4:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stabat Mater dolorosaLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 8:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Salve ReginaLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 4:050.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ave nobilissima creaturaLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 8:420.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. O bone et dulcissime JesuLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 5:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Usquequo, Domine, oblivisceris meLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe 7:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Miserere mei, DeusLa Chapelle Royale and Philippe Herreweghe15:25Album Only


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HMF 1951243; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica vocale sacra

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a very good disc 29 April 2014
By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a re-release of a recording originally made in 1986. Philippe Herreweghe and his various ensembles, including La Chapelle Royale, were real pioneers of Renaissance performance and did a great deal to foster my now deep and enduring love of Renaissance polyphony, so I have a great affection for recordings like this - although I never owned the original of this one, which is a recent acquisition. I think it stands up very well, getting on for 30 years after it was made.

The music itself is sublime; seven of Josquin's finest motets, including the monumental setting of Miserere mei, Deus. All of these have been recorded in very fine versions since and whether you want to have this disc as well is a matter of personal taste. Herreweghe's sound is very resonant and this is emphasised in the recording, so the music is sometimes rather blurred as a result. Occasionally, I find this obscures rather more of the internal structure of the music than I would like, but the overall effect is very beautiful. The singing is technically excellent with minimal vibrato, excellent intonation and a real sense of engagement with the text, and Herreweghe has a deep understanding of this repertoire. All this means that I can forgive a little obscurity of sound every so often.

You could do a lot worse than this for all these pieces. Like E.L. Wisty I now have newer recordings which I prefer (his De Labyrintho recommendation among them) but I still like this a lot. The notes and packaging are pretty feeble, but the music remains well worth a try in my view and I would recommend this disc as an interesting and sometimes very moving take on some of Josquin's greatest music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to get into 13 Jan 2011
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is one of a flurry of budget re-issues coming from Harmonia Mundi. Budget means you get a CD in what is not much more than a flimsy foldout cardboard sleeve. The front cover has a slot with wafer-thin booklet wedged firmly inside - to get this out I ended up ripping right through the front cover of the sleeve. The booklet was hardly worth the effort.

As for the music, it's more than competent singing, but for my part I really can't get into this Josquin disc. Partially I think it's perhaps because of the use of higher register female vocalists rather than altos/countertenors, and also because of the "massed choir" approach rather than one voice to one part (or is it just acoustic echo causing reduction of clarity making it sound like a plurality of voices where there is only one?). Having said that, there are excellent recordings of Josquin in which both these occur.

We are spoiled in many ways when it comes to Josquin, with the likes of De Labyrintho, Hilliard Ensemble, Tallis Scholars, Orlando Consort and so on, that this disc whilst decent enough in its own right just pales somewhat in comparison. Overall it fails to capture the beauty of Josquin's compositions at a level found in other such productions, the disparity perhaps most evidenced by comparing this more sprightly but relatively insipid rendition of Miserere Mei with the deeper, slower paced and more solemn one to be found in Desprez: Missa Hercules Dux Ferrara, Miserere, Motets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a very good disc 29 April 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a re-release of a recording originally made in 1986. Philippe Herreweghe and his various ensembles, including La Chapelle Royale, were real pioneers of Renaissance performance and did a great deal to foster my now deep and enduring love of Renaissance polyphony, so I have a great affection for recordings like this – although I never owned the original of this one, which is a recent acquisition. I think it stands up very well, getting on for 30 years after it was made.

The music itself is sublime; seven of Josquin's finest motets, including the monumental setting of Miserere mei, Deus. All of these have been recorded in very fine versions since and whether you want to have this disc as well is a matter of personal taste. Herreweghe's sound is very resonant and this is emphasised in the recording, so the music is sometimes rather blurred as a result. Occasionally, I find this obscures rather more of the internal structure of the music than I would like, but the overall effect is very beautiful. The singing is technically excellent with minimal vibrato, excellent intonation and a real sense of engagement with the text, and Herreweghe has a deep understanding of this repertoire. All this means that I can forgive a little obscurity of sound every so often.

You could do a lot worse than this for all these pieces. I now have newer recordings which I prefer but I still like this a lot. The notes and packaging are pretty feeble, but the music remains well worth a try in my view and I would recommend this disc as an interesting and sometimes very moving take on some of Josquin's greatest music.

(Other recordings which I love of some of these pieces, including Miserere mei, Deus and which I would recommend very warmly are by
The Hilliard Ensemble: Josquin - Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae / Motets
Cinquecento: Richafort: Requiem (Hyperion: CDA67959)
And De Labyrintho: Josquin: Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae, Miserere, Motets )
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HarmoniaMundi is lame 29 Mar 2013
By Daniel C. Harlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD does not have the text for the songs. For that, the listener has to go to Harmonia Mundi's website. And there one gets the Latin text with no English translation.
3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cd 28 Feb 2011
By Cornelis1969 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good qualty of the cd is very good. This conductor knows what he is doing.
A cd that evrybode must have
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