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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the order of this world, 9 Jan. 2006
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Kurt Messick "FrKurt Messick" (London, SW1) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rore - Missa Praeter rerum seriem; Motets (Audio CD)
--Cipriano de Rore--
Peter Philips describes Cipriano de Rore (1515-1565) as a true successor to the great composer Josquin des Pres. He was a great composer of madrigals, a great predecessor to Monteverdi, and also composed widely in the area of sacred and liturgical music. De Rore studied in Flanders as well as Italy, working in Venice in court of Ferrara for much of his career. Cipriano de Rore died fairly young; despite this, his output was prodigious; five masses and 80 motets in addition to his vast number of popular madrigals.
--Missa Praeter rerum seriem--
Like Cipriano de Rore's other masses, this one shows a madrigal influence. It was composed for Duke Ercole II d'Este while in Ferrara. It is based on Josquin's Christmas motet 'Praeter rerum serium' (included on this disc), one of Josquin's very best motets. It is a very elaborate parody mass. Josquin's piece was originally a six-voice motet; Rore adds a seventh voice, an additional soprano, that makes things much brighter, edging toward Baroque qualities.
--Motets--
There are four motets included on the disc, very much in the style of Franco-Flemish polyphony. This is very different from madrigal style. Two are canonical compositions - Ave Regina caelorum and Descendi in hortum meum; two are penitential works - Infelix ego and Parce mihi. The penitential works have a sombre quality; the other two are brighter, scored for seven voices rather than six.
--Liner Notes--
Being internationally acclaimed, the Tallis Scholars' CDs typically present their commentary and texts in English, French, German and Italian (together with any Latin texts); that is true of this disc. The cover art also typically represents visual arts contemporary with the compositions - here the piece is 'The Madonna and Child' by Giovanni Bellini, an artist of the generation prior to Cipriano de Rore.
--The Tallis Scholars--
The Tallis Scholars, a favourite group of mine since the first time I heard them decades ago, are a group dedicated to the performance and preservation of the best of this type of music. A choral group of exceptional ability, I have been privileged to see them many times in public, and at almost every performance, their singing seems almost like a spiritual epiphany for me, one that defies explanation in words. Directed by Peter Phillips, the group consists of a small number of male and female singers who have trained themselves well to their task.
Their recordings are of a consistent quality that deserve more than five stars; this particular disc of pieces by Cipriano de Rore and Josquin des Pres is worthy of a place on the shelf of anyone who loves choral music, liturgical music or Gregorian chant, classical music generally, or religious music. It is truly wonderful, both in composition and performance. The original recording was made in 1994 in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Salle, Norfolk, one of their favourite recording sites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now part of a budget reissue, 17 April 2010
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Sid Nuncius (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rore - Missa Praeter rerum seriem; Motets (Audio CD)
I wholeheartedly agree with Fr. Messick's excellent review above. This is a fabulous disc which I have owned and loved for many years. You may like to know that the mass (but not the motets) is now a part of an excellent double CD at budget price featuring five of the Tallis Scholars' great mass recordings Flemish Masters. Even without the motets it's an absolute belter of a set, and as a representative sample of the best work of all five composers on the disc (Isaac, Lassus, Ockeghem, de Rore and Brumel) you couldn't do any better, I'd say.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 8 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: Rore - Missa Praeter rerum seriem; Motets (Audio CD)
Another triumph from the Tallis Scholars. I have heard the greater part of this series and would recommend them all. A less well known composer than Josquin Desprez, impress your friends with your knowledge. More seriously though this music is as poignant and moving as the better known Rennaisance composers. Wonderful arching melodies and crisp harmonies belted out with confidence by this excellent group of singers. A wonderful CD by any standards.
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