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Missa l Homme Arme /Missa Prolatio [SACD]

the Sound and the Fury , Johannes Ockeghem , unbekannt Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: Orf
  • ASIN: B0017SQS5K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds apart 27 April 2012
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If Ockeghem's Missa L'Homme Armé was the earliest such to be composed, then perhaps it is not easy to understand why Dufay, Busnois, Caron and others may have been inspired to create their own mass using the tune as the cantus firmus. Ockeghem's work seems under-ambitious by comparison, almost simplistic - the cantus firmus remains easily recognisable, retaining the original rhythm, not stretched out to unfathomable lengths, nor excessively ornamented and buried under immense counterpoint - it's as though he wanted the tune to come to the fore. In the light of this, it seems odd in a way that the ensemble The Sound and the Fury have chosen to retain the L'Homme Armé lyrics in the tenor part at certain points of this performance, a practice not to my purist taste. But the relative simplicity of construction does not take anything away whatsoever from the beauty of this work - the Agnus Dei in particular to me is one of the most enrapturing mass movements I have heard.

In stark contrast, worlds apart from the earlier mass, stands the Missa Prolationum, a work not based upon a cantus firmus but a composition entirely from scratch. It solves a theoretical and mathematical problem involving "mensural canons", and is a monument to Ockeghem's technical skill and wizardry. This work somewhat coloured Ockeghem's reputation for a long time after his death, resulting in him being seen as just too intellectual and not a composer whose works have genuine appeal, but then the Missa Prolationum was rarely actually performed until recently. Anyone who does hear this will find a richly rewarding piece indeed.
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