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The Flemish Polyphony - 200 pages colour book in English, French, German and Dutch + 8 CDs in a magnificient box [Box set]

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (14 Nov 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Ricercar
  • ASIN: B005IIA9GY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but worthwhile 15 Jun 2012
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This collection seems to me to be worth buying, but it has its definite strengths and weaknesses.

Firstly, its strengths. (A) Nearly all the performances are at least adequate, and some are very good. In the latter category (I have to be selective) falls much of the singing by Capilla Flamenca, who feature by far the most prominently. They seem to be equally at home both in sacred and in secular music. As regards the latter their main offering is some of Jacob Obrecht's chansons, where they sucessfully capture their spirit (not at all courtly) and came up with some imaginative voice/instrument combinations. On the last disc (Bellum & Pax), there is some superb brass instrument playing. I would also wish to single out the contribution of the vocal group "Vox Luminis" who, inter alia, produce most expressive performances of Josquin's Lament on the death of Ockeghem, and Ockeghem's lament on the death of Binchois. I enjoyed Diabolus in Musica's performance of Dufay'smagnificent Missa Se la Face ay Pale. The all-female group Discantus make some rather anonymous-sounding sacred music by Binchois sound rather beautiful.

(B) There is an abundance of beautiful music, and a very good variety of different genres-I would particularly wish to mention (again I have to be selective) two masses by Dufay (the Sancti Jacobi as well as the Se La Face) and Ockeghem's Missa Mi-Mi. We also have a complete mass by Pierre de la Rue (the Missa Alleluia) which is finely crafted and has a moving Agnus Dei. On the Bellum and Pax disc (which is largely a complete mass made up of individual movements from various composers' settings of the Missa L'Homme Arme) de la Rue's contribution is really stunning. There are motets by Obrecht, Dufay and Pipelare (and others).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track listing 15 Oct 2011
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Disc 1
1. Etienne de Liege - Invitatorium Deum verum [Psallentes - Ricercar 249]
2. Johannes Ciconia - Gloria I a 3 [Diabolus in Musica - Ricercar 249]
3. Johannes Ciconia - Una Panthera [La Morra - Ricercar 249]
4. Anonymous - Jesus ad templum a 2 [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1266]
5. Anonymous - Omnes Mauritium a 2 [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1266]
6. Anonymous - Credo a 4 [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1266]
7. Nicolas Grenon - Ave virtus/Prophetarum [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1266]
8. Johannes Franchois - Ave virgo/Sancta Maria [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1266]
9. Arnold de Lantins - O pulcherina mulierum [Capilla Flamenca]
10. Arnold de Lantins - Missa verbum incarnatum - Kyrie [Capilla Flamenca]
11. Arnold de Lantins - Missa verbum incarnatum - Gloria [Capilla Flamenca]
12. Gregorian - Liber generationis [Capilla Flamenca]
13. Arnold de Lantins - Missa verbum incarnatum - Credo [Capilla Flamenca]
14. Arnold de Lantins - Missa verbum incarnatum - Sanctus [Capilla Flamenca]
15. Arnold de Lantins - Missa verbum incarnatum - Agnus Dei [Capilla Flamenca]
16. Guillaume Dufay - Salve flos Tusce [Ensemble Musica Nova - Zig-Zag Territoires 050301]
17. Guillaume Dufay - Flos florum [Ensemble Musica Nova - Zig-Zag Territoires 050301]

Disc 2
1. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Introitus - Mihi autem nimis honorati [Cappella Pratensis]
2. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Kyrie [Cappella Pratensis]
3. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Gloria [Cappella Pratensis]
4. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Alleluia - Hsipanorum clarnes stella [Cappella Pratensis]
5. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Credo [Cappella Pratensis]
6. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Offertorium - In omnem terram exivit sonus corum [Cappella Pratensis]
7. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Sanctus [Cappella Pratensis]
8. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Agnus Dei [Cappella Pratensis]
9. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Sancti Jacobi - Communio - Vos qui secuti estis me [Cappella Pratensis]
10. Guillaume Dufay - Quel fronte signorile in paradiso [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
11. Guillaume Dufay - Donnes l'assault a la fortresse [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
12. Guillaume Dufay - Bon jour, bon mois, bon an et bonne entraîne [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
13. Guillaume Dufay - Ce moys de may [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
14. Guillaume Dufay - Seigneur Leon [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]

Disc 3
1. Guillaume Dufay - Se la face ay pale (instrumental) [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
2. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Se la face ay pale - Kyrie [Diabolus in Musica - Alpha 051]
3. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Se la face ay pale - Gloria [Diabolus in Musica - Alpha 051]
4. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Se la face ay pale - Credo [Diabolus in Musica - Alpha 051]
5. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Se la face ay pale - Sanctus [Diabolus in Musica - Alpha 051]
6. Guillaume Dufay - Missa Se la face ay pale - Agnus Dei [Diabolus in Musica - Alpha 051]
7. Anonymous - Redeuntes In Idem (organ) [Capilla Flamenca]
8. Gregorian - Introitus - Cibavit eos [Psallentes]
9. Johannes Brassart - Kyrie [Capilla Flamenca]
10. Johannes Brassart - Gloria [Capilla Flamenca]
11. Gregorian - Alleluia: caro mea [Capilla Flamenca and Psallentes]
12. Johannes Brassart - Credo [Capilla Flamenca]
13. Gregorian - Offertorium: Sacerdotes incensum [Capilla Flamenca and Psallentes]
14. Johannes Brassart - Sanctus [Capilla Flamenca]
15. Johannes Brassart - Agnus Dei [Capilla Flamenca]
16. Gregorian - Communio: Quoties cumque [Capilla Flamenca]
17. Anonymous - Redeuntes In Idem mi de ealem mensura (organ [Capilla Flamenca]

Disc 4
1. Gilles Binchois - Salve sancta parens [Discantus - Aeon 1096]
2. Gilles Binchois - Da pace Domine [Discantus - Aeon 1096]
3. Gilles Binchois - Ut queant laxis [Discantus - Aeon 1096]
4. Gilles Binchois - Benedicam Domino [Discantus - Aeon 1096]
5. Gilles Binchois - Te Deum [Capilla Flamenca]
6. Martin Le Franc - Le Champion des Dames (excerpt) [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
7. Gilles Binchois - Nous vous voyons bien malebouche [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
8. Gilles Binchois - Deuil angoisseus [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
9. Gilles Binchois - Filles a marier [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
10. Gilles Binchois - Adieu, Adieu [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
11. Gilles Binchois - Je loys amors (instrumental) [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
12. Gilles Binchois - Triste plaisir [Continens Paradisi - Ricercar 228]
13. Johannes Ockeghem - Mort tu as navre de ton dart [Vox Luminis]
14. Johannes Ockeghem - Ma bouche rit [Romanesque]
15. Johannes Ockeghem - Petite Camusette [Romanesque]
16. Johannes Ockeghem - J'en ay deuil [Romanesque]
17. Johannes Ockeghem - Malheur ma bat [Romanesque]
18. Johannes Ockeghem - Ma maitresse [Romanesque]

Disc 5
1. Johannes Ockeghem - L'autre d'antan [Romanesque]
2. Johannes Ockeghem - Baisez moy [Romanesque]
3. Johannes Ockeghem - D'un autre amer [Romanesque]
4. Johannes Ockeghem - Fors seulement [Romanesque]
5. Johannes Ockeghem - Ques mi vida [Romanesque]
6. Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Mi-mi - Kyrie [Cappella Pratensis]
7. Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Mi-mi - Gloria [Cappella Pratensis]
8. Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Mi-mi - Credo [Cappella Pratensis]
9. Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Mi-mi - Sanctus [Cappella Pratensis]
10. Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Mi-mi - Agnus Dei [Cappella Pratensis]
11. Johannes Ockeghem - Intemerata Dei mater [Cappella Pratensis]
12. Johannes Ockeghem - Requiem - Introit: Requiem aeternam [Ensemble Organum - Harmonia Mundi 901441]
13. Johannes Ockeghem - Requiem - Kyrie [Ensemble Organum - Harmonia Mundi 901441]

Disc 6
1. Josquin Desprez - Nymphes des bois [Vox Luminis]
2. Josquin Desprez - Stabat mater [Capilla Flamenca - Musique en Wallonie 0207]
3. Josquin Desprez - Que vous madame/ In pace [Capilla Flamenca - Musique en Wallonie 0207]
4. Josquin Desprez - Belle pour l'amour de vous [Capilla Flamenca - Musique en Wallonie 0207]
5. Josquin Desprez - Baises moy a 4 [Capilla Flamenca]
6. Josquin Desprez - Baises moy a 6 [Capilla Flamenca]
7. Josquin Desprez - La Spagna [Syntagma Amici - Ricercar 262]
8. Loyset Compere - Le grand désir [Capilla Flamenca]
9. Loyset Compere - Lourdault, Lourdault [Capilla Flamenca]
10. Loyset Compere - Plaine d'ennuy / Anima mea liquefacta est [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1359]
11. Loyset Compere - Heth, cogitavit Dominus [Vox Luminis]
12. Pierre De La Rue - Missa Alleluia a 5 - Kyrie [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1232]
13. Pierre De La Rue - Missa Alleluia a 5 - Gloria [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1232]
14. Pierre De La Rue - Missa Alleluia a 5 - Credo [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1232]
15. Pierre De La Rue - Missa Alleluia a 5 - Sanctus [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1232]
16. Pierre De La Rue - Missa Alleluia a 5 - Agnus Dei [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1232]

Disc 7
1. Mathaeus Pipelare - Memorare, Mater Christi [Capilla Flamenca and Cantate Domino - Eufoda 1232]
2. Jacob Obrecht - Ave maris stella (instrumental) [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
3. Jacob Obrecht - Salve Regina [Capilla Flamenca and Cantate Domino - Eufoda 1232]
4. Jacob Obrecht - Ave Regina coelorum [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
5. Jacob Obrecht - Beata es Maria [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
6. Jacob Obrecht - Magnificat [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
7. Jacob Obrecht - Laet u ghenoughen liever Johan (instrumental) [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
8. Jacob Obrecht - Weet ghij wat mijnder joungher herten deert [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
9. Jacob Obrecht - Piece instrumentale sans titre [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
10. Jacob Obrecht - Fors seulement l'attent que je meure [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
11. Jacob Obrecht - Piece instrumentale sans titre [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
12. Jacob Obrecht - Ic weinsche alle scoene vrauwen eere [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
13. Jacob Obrecht - Meiskin es u cutkin ru? [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
14. Anonymous - Tandernaken al op den Rijn [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
15. Jacob Obrecht - Tandernaken al op den Rijn [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
16. Jacob Obrecht - Rompeltier [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
17. Jacob Obrecht - Wat willen wij metten budel spelen [Capilla Flamenca and Piffaro - Eufoda 1361]
18. Johannes Prioris - Alleluia, o filii, o filiae [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
19. Johannes Prioris - Royne du ciel / Regina coeli [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
20. Johannes Prioris - Ave Maria [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
21. Johannes Prioris - Dei genitrix [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
22. Johannes Prioris - Consumo la vita mia [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]

Disc 8
1. Marnix De Cat - Intrada sur L'Homme arme [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
2. Anonymous - L'Homme arme [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
3. Matthias Werrecore - Battaglia [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
4. Gregorian - Introitus: Jubilate Deo [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
5. Jacob Obrecht - Missa L'Homme arme - Kyrie [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
6. Jacob Obrecht - Missa L'Homme arme - Gloria [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
7. Jacob Obrecht - Quis numerare (instrumental) [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
8. Gregorian - Alleluia qui posuit [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
9. Pierre De La Rue - Missa L'Homme arme I - Credo [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
10. Gregorian - Offertorium: Populum humilem [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
11. Josquin Desprez - Missa L'Homme arme sexti toni - Sanctus [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
12. Josquin Desprez - Proch dolor / Pie Jhesu [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
13. Pierre De La Rue - Missa L'Homme arme II - Agnus Dei [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
14. Gregorian - Communio: Pacem mean do vobis [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
15. Antonie Brumel - Da pacem [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
16. Gregorian - Da pacem [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
17. Johannes Prioris - Da pacem [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
18. Gregorian - Da pacem [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
19. Pierre De La Rue - Da pacem [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
20. Gregorian - Benedicamus [Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
21. Jacob Obrecht - Benedicamus [Capilla Flamenca and Oltremontano - Eufoda 1372]
22. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Introitus: Requiem aeternam [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
23. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Kyrie [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
24. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Graduale: Si ambulem [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
25. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
26. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Sanctus [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
27. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Agnus Dei [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
28. Johannes Prioris - Missa pro defunctis - Communio: Lux aeternam luceat eis [Capilla Flamenca - Eufoda 1349]
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Everything You Need ... 24 Oct 2011
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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... in order to recognize what an astoundingly fine 'collection' this is has been generously listed in the one previous review of it by "musica e". That's a complete list of the composers and compositions along with the performing ensembles. Hey, with French cheeses, baseball tickets, wild salmon, and bridge tolls all too expensive for the average citizen of the "richest nation on earth" these days, music is the only bargain left! And this set is a bargain which doesn't sacrifice one iota of quality.

If you've never heard of the composers Dufay, Ockeghem, Obrecht, De La Rue and company, chances are you'll never encounter this review. In fact, you really can't be proven to exist! But some of the ensembles may be unknown even to longtime "early music" devotees. "Diabolus in Musica", "Cappella Pratensis", and "Capilla Flamenca" are the three vocal ensembles represented by the most selections in the 8-CD set, and to my ears all three are absolutely top notch. So is "Piffaro", the instrumental ensemble that provides exciting secular timbres on disk seven. I already own three-quarters of these performances on individual CDs -- previous purchases amounting to a lot more than the price this box set -- but I'm ordering the whole set anyway, and I'll donate the duplicates to the library.

I've reviewed about half of the original individual CDs included in this set at one time or another. You can search for those old reviews if you crave more specifics; you'll find they're all five stars.

UPDATE on Halloween, Oct 31, while I listen to the howls and screeches of adult party-goers outside my window:
This 'treasure chest' arrived yesterday, and I've listened to most of it with the greatest of glee. There's more music that I don't already know in the set than I expected, and in performances by ensembles that I hadn't properly 'discovered' among the Flemish specialists, though Cappella Flamenca is represented by major selections on five of the eight CDs. The 'mix' of sacred and secular, (mass)ive and miniature, vocal and instrumental is quite entertaining and informative of the range of styles invented and perfected by the Flemings of the 14th and 15th Centuries, in effect the first 'international' musical movement and the base of the whole pyramid of European music ever since. The treasure chest comes with a solid little hard-covered book of essays about the composers and their musical practices, written by Jerome LeJeune.
I'm afraid my local library won't be getting anything from me after all; this set doesn't duplicate much of my collection, and it's a 'keeper' on all acounts.
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