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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B000003FK2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Benedicta esThe King's Singers 6:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vous l'arez s'il vous plaistThe King's Singers 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vous ne l'arez pasThe King's Singers 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A la mort/MonstraThe King's Singers 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. O virgo virginumThe King's Singers 5:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nymphes nappeesThe King's Singers 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. En l'ombre d'un buissonetThe King's Singers 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Regretz sans finThe King's Singers 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Absolve quesumusThe King's Singers 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pour souhaitterThe King's Singers 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mille regretzThe King's Singers 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Si congié prensThe King's Singers 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ce povre/Pauper sum egoThe King's Singers 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. O virgo prudentissimaThe King's Singers 8:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Petite CamusetteThe King's Singers 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Nymphes des boysThe King's Singers 5:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A l'ombre d' un buissonetThe King's Singers 1:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Basiés moyThe King's Singers 1:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Basiés moyThe King's Singers 1:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Pater nosterking'singers 7:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I don’t claim anything like the musical knowledge of Sid Nuncius but this album, on his recommendation, was my first introduction to Josquin and remains a favourite. It’s a very accessible entry-point for anyone wanting to start exploring either Josquin himself or, more generally, Renaissance polyphony.

The King’s Singers have a very distinctive sound and I find their performances fluent and articulated with great clarity. This album gives good tasters of both Josquin’s sacred and secular music, and culminates in his astonishingly beautiful and haunting Pater Noster.

So this is an excellent introductory album which is both marvellous in its own right, and also a good starter before moving on to the more complex Josquin masses. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 April 2013
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It is nearly twenty years since I heard some pieces from this CD on Radio 3 and had to order a copy from Amazon.com to be sent to the UK to get hold of the disc. I have loved it ever since. It is a beautiful collection of some of Josquin's motets and chansons, all excellently sung and recorded.

The motets are all very well done, from the magnificent Benedicta es which opens the disc to the astonishingly beautiful and tranquil Pater noster/Ave Maria which ends it (and which Josquin requested be sung outside his house during his funeral). There are now many wonderful recordings of these motets, but what has made this disc last in my affections particularly is the chansons. They make up roughly half the disc, interspersed between the motets and are brilliant and superbly sung. Many are mournful or regretful, but there are lighter songs of love, too. All are masterpieces of musical architecture (as one would expect from Josquin) but what you hear is simply astonishingly beautiful music. The chanson which inspired me to buy the disc, Nymphes nappées, is quite simply the loveliest three minutes of music I know and I have more than once sat in the car waiting for it to finish before getting out. The whole disc is a joy from beginning to end.

The only reason you may not like this is if you don't get on with the King's Singers' sound. Otherwise, I recommend this unreservedly as an absolute gem of a disc.
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For a thorough survey of Josquin's 6-voice music look no further. Only one piece is not here, and that is readily available elsewhere. There's a scholarly and useful note by David Fallows which outlines the vocal textures, hints at the relative positions in Josquin's oeuvre, and which reminds us how (oddly) he spent his last years mostly writing secular songs. I didn't find these the most charming Josquin performances ever, but how often do you get a chance to put all this late Josquin together and really hear the similarities and differences, the 'ordinary' and the uniquely-wonderful moments, all together?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Ethereal & poignant. The King's Singers in their element. 14 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD presents the King's Singers performing the very emotionally poignant music of Des Prez. Minor keys prevail, and the Singers communicate the feelings of loss and longing excellently. In this CD the King's Singers demonstrate their technical mastery (with the exception of one noticible pitch problem early on the CD)of early music. They also seem to be more at home in this venue, where metric precision and open vowel production don't sound over-precise or soul-less. Renaissance music fans who may have been put off by the King's Singers' rehashing of popular songs should not miss this. The Singers are performing in their element.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a voice teacher and early music fan 3 July 2008
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A PLEASANT LINE-UP OF JOSQUIN'S 'GEMS'
Josquin Despres (1440-1521) was the central musical figure of the early Renaissance, and his sensitivity to the moods of his texts and the expressions of his compositions - some 20 Masses, 100 Motets and 80 secular works are extant - set him apart as a pioneer in his day.

Established in 1968 and originally affiliated with King's College, Cambridge, from whence comes their name, this sextet of Englishmen combines musical excellence with a diverse repertoire, ranging from folk songs to madrigals to contemporary pop hits. The group's universal appeal stems from its unique ability to communicate the sheer enjoyment of a vast and eclectic repertoire.

The personnel of the group changes slightly from year to year, but the BASIC sound is the same. However, there are often changes of individual voice parts that affect interpretation, tone quality and emotional investment. The sextet of King's singers on this disc sang with a great deal of finesse that I had not heard from them in a while. The singers are: David Hurley & Alastair Hume (countertenors) and it's to Hurley & Hume that I attribute much of the beauty of sound since they are singing the treble that leads the rest of the group- Robert Chilcott (tenor)- Bruce Russell & Simon Carrington (baritones) and Stephen Connolly (bass).

Somewhat lacking in this recording is the emotional intensity that should have conveyed the varied moods of these selections. BUT it's an excellent 'listen' for the Josquin admirer.

Must mention my favorite Josquin recording recently released of the Medieval Ensemble of London that has a group of singers that are 'top-of-the line' and have been for many years, under the direction of Peter and Timothy Davies. Decca January 1984.Two masses : 'Missa di dadi' and 'Missa Faysant regretz'. Check it out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A gem 21 April 2013
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is nearly twenty years since I heard some pieces from this CD on Radio 3's and had to order a copy from Amazon.com to be sent to the UK to get hold of the disc. I have loved it ever since. It is a beautiful collection of some of Josquin's motets and chansons, all excellently sung and recorded.

The motets are all very well done, from the magnificent Benedicta es which opens the disc to the astonishingly beautiful and tranquil Pater noster/Ave Maria which ends it (and which Josquin requested be sung outside his house during his funeral). There are now many wonderful recordings of these motets, but what has made this disc last in my affections particularly is the chansons. They make up roughly half the disc, interspersed between the motets and are brilliant and superbly sung. Many are mournful or regretful, but there are lighter songs of love, too. All are masterpieces of musical architecture (as one would expect from Josquin) but what you hear is simply astonishingly beautiful music. The chanson which inspired me to buy the disc, Nymphes nappées, is quite simply the loveliest three minutes of music I know and I have more than once sat in the car waiting for it to finish before getting out. The whole disc is a joy from beginning to end.

The only reason you may not like this is if you don't get on with the King's Singers' sound. Otherwise, I recommend this unreservedly as an absolute gem of a disc.
Very nicely done 8 Jan. 2009
By Ken Cybulska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Very nicely done - highly uplifting, authentic sounding period vocals.

Lushly rendered vocals - very nice studio work/sound quality too.

Rated at four and a half to five stars.

Ken Cybulska
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