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The Art of the Netherlands (Véritas X2 series) CD

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  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003BKF6BY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Scaramella va alla guerra (villotta) (1996 Digital Remaster)
2. I - Original six-part chanson
3. II - Lute duet version (Anon early 16th Century)
4. El grillo e buon cantore (frottola) (1996 Digital Remaster)
5. Donna di dentro della tua casa (quodlibet) (1976 Digital Remaster)
6. I - Original three-part chanson
7. II - Four part instrumental version (Josquin) with canon a 2
8. III - Three-part instrumental version I (Alexander Agricola? 1446 - 1506)
9. IV - Three-part instrumental version II (Agricola)
10. Du tout plongiet - Fors seulemnet I'attente (after Johannes Ockeghem) (rondeau) (1975 Digital Remaster)
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo super 'De tous biens' (1976 Digital Remaster)
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Haec Deum caeli (1996 Digital Remaster)
7. O bone Jesu (1996 Digital Remaster)
8. De profundis a 5 (1976 Digital Remaster)
9. Benedicta es caelorum regina (1976 Digital Remaster)
10. Nesciens mater virgo virum (1996 Digital Remaster)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Boetheus Prettypenny on 11 Sept. 2014
This 'review' is simply to draw attention, more forcefully (and, it is hoped, the attention of the rights holders), to what others have already pointed out, albeit within the frame of substantively rather more favourable reviews.
This is a corrupted 'reissue' that omits an entire LP side of the original 3-LP set, some 31 minutes of instrumental music. It therefore shares this unacceptable failing with ALL other CD reissues to date.
Why are Munrow's recordings treated this way? The overall picture, be it that output still languishing with comatose EMI or scooped up under the massive umbrella of Universal, is appalling.
One or two large and - after this interval - probably not that expensive box sets could bring to us everything he ever recorded.
Get off your rear ends and get on with it, record execs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJW Kentie on 26 Dec. 2014
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A great discovery, highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
a voice teacher and early music fan 21 July 2013
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
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DAVID MUNROW & HIS EARLY MUSIC CONSORT = THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF THE ENGLISH HISTORICALLY PERFORMANCE PRACTICE MOVEMENT!

This classic 1975 recording "ART OF THE NETHERLANDS" is a prime example of the work of David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London. Two other anthologies that must also be considered in the category of English historical performance are: "The Art of Courtly Love " (1973), and "Music of the Gothic Era" (1976). The historical repertoire of the Franco-Flemish school of composers has long been known to specialists, but this recovery of Mid-Renaissance vocal works from the Low Countries brings the music to life for the first time.

Munrow is the youthful polymath who combined scholarship, musicianship, craftsmanship and endless enthusiasm in a singularly 'explosive' blend. These performances practically 'snap, crackle and pop' with life and vitality. The performancers are skilled and render their individual solos and ensemble work with perfection. Indeed, it is one of the few recordings that I possess wherein each singer pleases me!!!! The instrumentalists as well do their accompanying and soloing with expressiveness and seem to have a unique empathy with the singers.

There are two discs in this package: Disc one includes all secular songs with a variety of composers, some of whom are Heinrich Isaac, Antoine Brumel, Josquin Desprez, Johannes Ockegam to name a few of the more familiar composers; Disc two includes Mass movements from various composers such as Brumel, Desprez, Pierre de la Rue, Jacob Obrecht, Heinrich Isaac, Jean Mouton, Juan de Anchieta/Penalosa. This all makes for a very interesting combination of composers as well as the works themselves. I really enjoyed Disc Two probably because having a different composer for each movement of the Mass made for fascinating listening.

The performers, both vocal and instrumental, read like a 'who's who in the music world TODAY' for many of these people went on to become very well known in their specific careers such as: countertenors James Bowman & Charles Brett, tenors Martyn Hill and Rogers Covey-crump, Nigel North, lutenist and Christopher Hogwood organ and conductor. However, they are all notable in their own field. There are in all: 14 singers and 13 instrumentalists.

The package is accompanied by an eleven page brochure with information in English, German and French. No text translation is included.
Five Stars 18 April 2015
By Phil Huyser - Published on Amazon.com
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Good CD and very good service
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great album 28 Dec. 2010
By S. G. Monismith - Published on Amazon.com
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Great early music album - a classic that defines early music performance. It is unfortunately missing the quite fine side of purely instrumental music
This is also reviewed on Amazon in its earlier (2005) release
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A work of genius 13 Nov. 2013
By Cissy - Published on Amazon.com
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Collectively, this recording is brilliant. The DVD is as crisp and all-enveloping as the original vinyl LP. Buy it for "Inviolata integra et casta es Maria" and you will not be disappointed. You won't find any version of this exquisite piece which matches David Munrow's genius.
8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Older Early Music Style 25 Sept. 2010
By vitis arbiter - Published on Amazon.com
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Munrow was an early interpreter of Renaissance music and his performance style seems out of step with current interpretations. There are two discs. The performances on disc 1 "Secular Songs" show a lot of - perhaps too much- dynamic range with a lot of banging of percussion instruments and loud glee club-like treatment of vocals. Very little here of the meditative or melancholic muse. Much of disc 2, "Mass Movement, and Motets," sounds like choral music you might here at an Episcopalian or Church of England church today if they had a particularly annoying countertenor among the choristers. I had a couple vinyls of Munrow's stuff, so I knew what I was getting into. Saying that, the performance are very professional and the recordings are very good.
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