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Pierre de La Rue: The Complete Magnificats; Three Salve Reginas CD

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Complete Magnificats Three Salve Reginas - 60 tracks on 2 CDs - Pierre De La Rue

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Antiphonaires "Sancta Maria succurre miseris", "Tribus miraculis", "Dedit mihi Dominus pennas", "Virgo gloriosa", "O quam gloriosum est regnum" & "Bene omnia fecit" - Magnificats (1e au 7e ton) - Salve Reginas / VivaVoce - Peter Schubert, direction

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct 2012
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A double disc containing all seven of Pierre de la Rue's surviving Magnificats (the eighth in Tone III is lost) and three of his six Salve Reginas sounds like a great buy, but having listened to it a couple of times I am struggling to enjoy this recording.

It's too "choral" for my liking. With four voice parts for most of the Magnificats (Tone VI has five and Tone I has six) and three or four parts in the Salve Reginas, with the personnel listed this means that there are four singers per part. The sound quality is echoing and diffuse, diluting the vocal clarity of lines even further. OK, it's not bad, but it could have been done so much better than this.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Pete Down the Street! 2 Nov 2008
By Giordano Bruno - Published on
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Pierre de La Rue (1460-1518) was one of the several "Franco-Flemish" composers of the generation of Josquin Desprez who carried their advanced polyphonic compositional style to all corners oF Europe, often displacing the idiomatic styles of local schools of composition. Want a check list of names? Okay: Brumel, Mouton, Lourdault, Richafort, Bruhier, Lleritier, Boyleau, Moulu... Earlier giants: Dufay, Busnois, Binchois, Ockeghem... You'll find all of them in "The Medici Codex of 1518", a modern transcription of which was published by the University of Chicago Press, edited by Edward Lowinsky. You're likely to find it in your local university library.

Pierre de La Rue stayed closer to home than most of the others, working most of his life for the Hapsburg-Burgundian court. He seems to have had a close personal relationship with Maguerite of Austria, a tragic heroine of her own life, once jilted and twice widowed. In any case, his music is marked by a special affinity for the expression of grief, although grief in polyphony is always gentle and lovely. Otherwise, he sounds a lot like Josquin, not as lapidary-perfect in melody but every bit as enjoyable to hear if sung well.

Good recordings of Pierre are scarcer than honest Republicans. What a thrill it is, then to discover this 2-CD recording of the eight Magnificats (one for each of the eight proper modes, the basic scale-patterns of Renaissance music) and three of his Salve Reginas. VivaVoce is a choir of nineteen voices, led by Peter Schubert, himself a singer, who has been associated with Barnard-Columbia and with McGill in Montreal. I have the impression that VivaVoce is Montreal-based. In any case, they are a rare sort of choir, one that can sing polyphony without mashing the lines together in a big woof-woof sound. Highly disciplined yet flexible, capable to holding the conductor's tempo yet expressing the tension of polyphonic phrases with proper rhythmic independence. This seems to be their only recording. I'll be eager to hear more.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful music, superbly performed and recorded. 17 Jan 2014
By William Kasimer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm no expert on Renaissance music - I just enjoy listening to the acapella works of the great composers of the period, like Josquin, Dufay, Palestrina, and Gesualdo.

Based on this recording, I'd say that De la Rue belongs in that august company,. The music is quite beautiful I often put on a disc of this sort, listen for ten minutes or so, find it dull, and put something else in the CD player. Not this time - I listened to the entire two-hour recording straight through. The singing is flawless, and the recorded quality excellent - slightly reverberant (it was recorded in a church in Montreal), which gives the group nice blend and fullness of sound, but not so much that it muddies the texture.

Highly recommended.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Angelic Sounds 5 Dec 2009
By Donna - Published on
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Angelic sounds that help to keep the grind of the daily pace at peace. Eighty percent of my day is writing or reading loc so I need something that will allow me intense concentration without distraction . . . this is beautiful for that . . . and when a function doesn't run as expected I am able to deal with it from a peaceful perspective. PTL
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Amazing chorus 27 May 2008
By Penelope Boehm - Published on
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This is a beautiful interpretation, gorgeous chorus and wonderful sound. Can't say enough. It's a must own! I gave it to special people as a present.
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