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  • Conductor: Lucien Kandel
  • Composer: Ockeghem
  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Agogique
  • ASIN: B0093N4DXU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Alma redemptoris mater 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Missa prolationum: I. Kyrie 4:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Missa prolationum: II. Gloria 9:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Missa prolationum: III. Credo11:04Album Only
Listen  5. Missa prolationum: IV. Sanctus 8:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Missa prolationum: V. Agnus Dei 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Salve Regina10:29Album Only

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Johannes Ockeghem was an absolute master of counterpoint who, for more than 40 years at the end of the 15th century, ruled over Franco-Flemish polyphony under three French kings, Charles VII, Louis XI and Charles VIII. His works which are still all too rarely performed continue to fascinate to this day. The Missa prolationum, together with the Missa cuiusvis toni, is a tour de force of writing, reaching levels of complexity that can impress even the most experienced performers. Although its Latin title would seem to suggest a sacred theme, this work does not strictly speaking belong to the liturgical domain and is not based on a pre-existing melodic motif, taken from motet or Gregorian chant. Musica Nova is composed of a loyal core of singers gathered around Lucien Kandel and has already recorded Ockeghem's 'Missa cuiusvis toni' and a selection of ballads and Motets by Machaut. Kandel has returned to manuscript sources to deliver a new edition of the 'Missa Prolationum', together with the 'Salve Regina' and 'Alma Redemptoris Mater', shedding new light and sparkle on the profound beauty of this jewel of the late Middle Ages.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2013
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Ensemble Musica Nova seem to be a bit hit-and miss. I really wasn't overly enamoured with their Machaut recordings (the snail-paced In Memoriam: Messe De Notre-Dame and the rather muddled programme of Les Motets), but rather enjoyed their Ockeghem Missa Cuiusvis Toni.

They're not exactly making life easy for themselves in their choice of Ockeghem, picking his more complex and cerebral works which have given Ockeghem an unjust reputation as a creator of compositions with more of a theoretical interest than being enjoyable to listen to - first that Missa Cuiusvis Toni, constructed to be sung in four different modes, and now the Missa Prolationum, effectively an exercise in "mensuration canons", whereby singers may start simultaneously singing the same part at different speeds before arriving at a fixed distance. All this while creating counterpoint and employing all possible intervals throughout.

Unlike the majority of masses of the time, Missa Prolationum is not based on a pre-existing work, the melody being created de novo as a solution to this theoretical problem. To be fair, it's a somewhat difficult, if not impossible, piece to make as entertaining as many other contemporary works, and few have succeeded if at all. Despite their usual quality, the Hilliard Ensemble's recording of it left me somewhat unmoved, as did that of Bo Holten's ensemble Musica Ficta.
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Five Stars 8 Aug. 2014
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