This disc presents three great works of the Renaissance - Pierre de la Rue's Requiem, Josquin Desprez's Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae, the name referring to the construction of an employed melody using the syllables in the name of his patron Ercole, Duke of Ferrera, and Josquin's famous lament on the death of Johannes Ockeghem, La Déploration de la mort de Johannes Ockeghem also known as Nymphes Des Bois.
They are however averagely performed here. The ensemble is a little too large (the sleeve notes make no indication of the personnel involved but I would guess there are 3 or 4 voices per part here) and "choral" for my liking, with a subsequent loss of sharpness of textual enunciation, and the recorded sound quality seems a bit dulled too.
For the Requiem, head straight for the recordings by The Clerks' Group (also offering the Brumel Requiem) or Ensemble Clément Jannequin (also with his Missa L'Homme Armé); for the Missa Hercules there's none better than De Labyrintho's (which also has a stunning Miserere and other motets); for the Déploration there are a fair number of good recordings about on a number of releases. Compared against such recordings this New London Chamber Choir effort just left me feeling a bit cold.
3 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?