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Renaissance Masterpieces

27 May 1994 | Format: MP3

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8:10
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2
6:54
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3
7:29
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4
6:13
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5
6:35
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6
6:02
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7
3:12
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8
4:46
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9
11:24
30
10
5:52
30
11
2:20
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By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
The songs in this magnificent album have two different themes: religion and love. But, their treatment is the same. It is a mix of laments, prayers, wishes and celebrations of the worshipped or loved one(s).

Religious texts
In 1 – Intemerata Dei mater by J. Ockeghem: ‘Thou knowest what great danger surrounds us in our exile. Without thee there remains neither hope in our labour, neither safety for our land.’
In 2 – Nunc dimittis (attr. Josquin Desprez): ‘Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace.’
In 3 – Magnificat by C. de Morales: ‘He had put down the mighty and exalted the humble and the meek. He had filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he had sent empty away.’
In 4 – Surrexit pastor bonus by J. Lhéritier: ‘The good shepherd who laid down his life for his flock has risen.’
In 8 – Lauda mater ecclesia by O. de Lassus: ‘praise the mercy of Christ who purges sins.’
In 10 – Laudibus in sanctis by W. Byrd: ‘Celebrate the Lord.’
11- Crux fidelis by King Joćo IV of Portugal is an excerpt of the ‘Pange lingua’ hymn written by Thomas Aquinas.

Love songs
In 5 – Laboravi in gemitu meo by P. Rogier: ‘every night I water my couch with my tears’.
In 9 – Vadam et circuibo by T.L. da Victoria: ‘I am sick with love.’
Spirits are higher in the well-known song 6 – Ego flos campi by J. Clemens non Papa: ‘as a lily among thorns so is my beloved among women’, and even more (risqué) in 7 – Si ignoras te by G.P. da Palestrina: ‘O fairest among women, I compare thee to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.
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Wonderful music on this excellent CD, which is a great joy to listento and which will give pleasure for a very long time to come
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Very restful
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d0ca888) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914c0dec) out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 Oct. 2005
By RGMac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Shimmering, luxurious, sparkling, ebullient, meditative. This CD started my love for the great Renaissance music for the Catholic Mass, surely one of the great achievements in human endeavor. There may be better introductory discs out there, but this was mine, and it changed my life. Read the reviews of other similar discs and you'll read the same thing. This is music that speaks to the soul, which was, and will always be, the point.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914c0e4c) out of 5 stars Religion and Love 25 April 2014
By Luc REYNAERT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The songs in this magnificent album have two different themes: religion and love. But, their treatment is the same. It is a mix of laments, prayers, wishes and celebrations of the worshipped or loved one(s).

Religious texts
In 1 – Intemerata Dei mater by J. Ockeghem: ‘Thou knowest what great danger surrounds us in our exile. Without thee there remains neither hope in our labour, neither safety for our land.’
In 2 – Nunc dimittis (attr. Josquin Desprez): ‘Lord, now lettest thy servant depart in peace.’
In 3 – Magnificat by C. de Morales: ‘He had put down the mighty and exalted the humble and the meek. He had filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he had sent empty away.’
In 4 – Surrexit pastor bonus by J. Lhéritier: ‘The good shepherd who laid down his life for his flock has risen.’
In 8 – Lauda mater ecclesia by O. de Lassus: ‘praise the mercy of Christ who purges sins.’
In 10 – Laudibus in sanctis by W. Byrd: ‘Celebrate the Lord.’
11- Crux fidelis by King Joćo IV of Portugal is an excerpt of the ‘Pange lingua’ hymn written by Thomas Aquinas.

Love songs
In 5 – Laboravi in gemitu meo by P. Rogier: ‘every night I water my couch with my tears’.
In 9 – Vadam et circuibo by T.L. da Victoria: ‘I am sick with love.’
Spirits are higher in the well-known song 6 – Ego flos campi by J. Clemens non Papa: ‘as a lily among thorns so is my beloved among women’, and even more (risqué) in 7 – Si ignoras te by G.P. da Palestrina: ‘O fairest among women, I compare thee to a mare of Pharaoh’s chariots.’

Music
The songs shine through their beautiful melodies (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10), their alternations of crescendos and decrescendos (1, 3), their sophisticated imitations (1, 2, 3, 4, 11), their impressive sound combinations (6, 7, 8, 9) or the accentuation of certain crucial words in the text: 3 – Amen, 5 – lacrymis, 8 – Gloria, 9 – adjuro vos, 10 – alleluia).
Some lamentos (5, 9) are ‘real’ ones, as being too slow certainly for modern ears.
The absolute highlights are 10 – Laudibus in sancti by W. Byrd with its impressive vivid imitations and rhythm changes, a real celebration; and, 7 – Si ignoras te by G.P. da Palestrina with its sublime combination of beautiful polyphonic sounds.

The songs are sublimely interpreted by the Oxford Camerata and its conductor Jeremy Summerly.
A must have. One regret however: only English translations of the texts.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce1f7e0) out of 5 stars So beautiful 2 Aug. 2008
By Jase T. Wolfe - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a stunningly beautiful recording. Expertly sung and well chosen material. CD production is a little lacking (volume is low), but otherwise well worth the acquisition, even for those that are borderline with this style/genre.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce128e8) out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 Dec. 2014
By Michael D. Fiorello - Published on Amazon.com
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Good, relaxing music
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