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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: Jean Richafort, Josquin, Jacquet, Appenzeller
  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B00BEF13HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Few composers of any age have enjoyed the widespread admiration and unanimous praise of successive generations as Josquin Desprez. He is considered the greatest creator and innovator of musical composition during the Renaissance, and for some half a millennium his music has stood the test of time. He is remembered as much for his own works as for his lasting influence on those of his contemporaries and students, demonstrated in many of the compositions in tribute of 'the Master' featured in this programme. The programme's centrepiece is Jean Richafort's Requiem Mass, Missa pro defunctis, a tribute that employs several of Josquin's compositional devices. The King's Singers once again demonstrate their versatility and trademark precision in this new programme devised by leading early-music scholar and conductor David Skinner.

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'.. this performance is characterised by The King s Singers celebrated clarity of sound, immaculate intonation and ensemble. With just six male voices, one to a part, they create a glorious resonance the effect is nothing short of ethereal and other-worldly. (...) In short, this is music of high seriousness heard in performances of the highest order.' --BBC Music Magazine

This must be one of the most beautiful albums The King s Singers have given us in their 45-year career. --Daily Mail 16th August 2013

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
I agree with much of what E.L. Wisty says in his very good review here: this is a good disc.

I must say that I don't share E.L.'s view of the King's Singers overall. I know they have gone in for some rather frivolous stuff over the years, but they have always been a very fine ensemble and when they perform serious music they usually do it very well. I shall always be grateful to them for introducing me to Josquin's stunning 5- and 6-voice chansons, for example, and their recording of Nymphes nappées remains one of my favourite 3 minutes of music anywhere Renaissance: The Music of Josquin Desprez.

And having declared my position, I think this is good but not great. They music is wonderful, and Richafort's Requiem - his tribute to Josquin - is a truly great work, in my view. It is based on Nymphes nappeés, so this ought to be the ideal version for me, but somehow it doesn't quite capture the depth or the sheer beauty of the polyphony. Intonation is impeccable and there is good balance, blend and fluency of line but somewhere it just lacks the real profundity of tone and of spirituality which shines so wonderfully through the recording of this work by Cinquecento Richafort: Requiem (Hyperion: CDA67959).

There is much here to enjoy and some rare and lovely motets which I am glad to have. It is a good, interesting and well recorded disc, but if you are looking for just one recording of Richafort's Requiem, I would recommend Cinquecento before this. That is a real stunner and is one of my most treasured recordings, and for sheer depth and quality leaves this some way behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2013
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...you wait ages for a Requiem In Memoriam Josquin Desprez by Jean Richafort, then three come along at once. We have had the stunning disc by Cinquecento, Richafort: Requiem, a re-release of the Paul van Nevel & Huelgas Ensemble recording, Richafort: Requiem in memoriam Josquin Desprez, and now this new disc by the King's Singers.

Now it may not be all that "cool" for a serious Early Music enthusiast to be caught listening to a King's Singers album; indeed it might be the kind of thing which the purchaser would like to have in a plain brown package lest he be seen leaving the record shop (do such things still exist these days?). But this is really rather good, whilst not quite matching the others. Direction duties are taken by David Skinner (Cardinall's Musick, Alamire), and the sextet of vocalists bring a lighter, pacier interpretation than the other two.

The programme has a considerable cross-over with the Cinquecento set: apart from the Requiem there are the "Musae Jovis" of both Benedictus Appenzeller and Nicolas Gombert, "O Mors Inevitabilis" of Hieronymous Vinders and "Nymphes, nappés" of Josquin. As well as Josquin's "Salve regina", there is a USP here in the form of a motet in tribute to Josquin by the sadly vastly under-recorded Jacquet of Mantua, "Dum vastos Adriae fluctus".
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Good, but not the best 27 Mar. 2015
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good disc, but not the best recording available of this work.

The King's Singers have gone in for some rather flippant stuff over the years, but they have always been a very fine ensemble and when they perform serious music, they usually do it very well. I shall always be grateful to them for introducing me to Josquin's stunning 5- and 6-voice chansons, for example, and their recording of Nymphes nappées remains one of my favourite 3 minutes of music anywhere Renaissance: The Music of Josquin Desprez.

And having declared my position, I think this is good but not great. They music is wonderful, and Richafort's Requiem - his tribute to Josquin - is a truly great work, in my view. It is based on Nymphes nappeés, so this ought to be the ideal version for me, but somehow it doesn't quite capture the depth or the sheer beauty of the polyphony. Intonation is impeccable and there is good balance, blend and fluency of line but somewhere it just lacks the real profundity of tone and of spirituality which shines so wonderfully through the recording of this work by Cinquecento Richafort: Requiem (Hyperion: CDA67959).

There is much here to enjoy and some rare and lovely motets which I am glad to have. It is a good, interesting and well recorded disc, but if you are looking for just one recording of Richafort's Requiem, I would recommend Cinquecento before this. That is a real stunner and is one of my most treasured recordings, and for sheer depth and quality leaves this some way behind.
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Great music 11 Jun. 2014
By Jordi-Pere Milià Romero - Published on Amazon.com
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Great music. Awesome performers. Magnificient sound. Well, very well, very well, very well, very well, very well, very well, very
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