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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent recording from the Clerks' Group, 5 Nov 2011
E. L. Wisty "World Domination League" (Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ockeghem: Missa l'homme arme / Missa sine nomine (Audio CD)
There have been no end of top-class ensembles dishing out recordings of Renaissance music in recent times. I'm relatively speaking a bit of a latecomer to The Clerks' Group who have been performing since 1992 (or simply The Clerks as they have "rebranded" themselves nowadays), but they've very quickly risen to the top of the rankings in my estimation in the midst of so many eminent vocal outfits - it's not a little praise indeed to say such a thing.

These performances are beautiful and convincing, and leave me with no doubt that this is exactly how Johannes Ockeghem would have wanted his compositions to be heard. It's a crying shame that the majority of The Clerks' nine discs of Ockeghem material are unavailable at this time (I've only been able to get hold of three of them), and incomprehensible that such magnificent music would not be honoured with regular "pressings". We can but hope that the rest will once more become available one day.

On this disc we have the Missa "L'homme armé", based upon a popular mid-15th century song of unknown origin which provided the foundation for masses by many composers of the Renaissance and beyond, even down to the present day. It is preceded by a polytextual version of the song by Robert Morton. The second mass is the Missa sine nomine à 3 ("mass without a name", that is, not based upon a pre-existing tune), preceded by a Salve Regina originally thought to be by Ockeghem but now attributed to Philippe Basiron.

The accompanying booklet provides notes and sung texts along with translations.
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