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This is a truly stunning disc, even among the standards of the many great recordings of Renaissance composers by top class ensembles around. The Missa "Sub Tuum Praesidium" steadily builds in complexity from a 3 part Kyrie through to a 7 part Agnus Dei. The motets are truly great pieces, including "Salve Regina" for 3 parts, "Mille Quingentis" being a lamentation on the death of Obrecht's father, and concluding with the rich tapestry of the magnificent "Factor Orbis".

The accompanying notes conclude with the remark "This is a composer who wanted a place in history". And on this evidence, Obrecht is a composer who fully deserves such a place and merits greater recognition in the modern world than he has been accorded hitherto. This is my first experience of Obrecht and it's a great pity that there doesn't appear to be a great number of other recordings available at the present time.

The booklet contains some notes in English, French & German plus full sung texts with English translation.
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This is a terrific recording of Obrecht's Missa Sub tuum praesidium and a selection of motets. Obrecht was active in the latter half of the 15th Century and was one of the most famous composers of his day - and it's easy to see why on this evidence. His music is beautifully structured, varied and sets the texts superbly. It has the slightly spare sound (to the modern ear) of the 15th Century rather than the richness which became evident in later polyphony, but is no less beautiful for that.

The Clerk's Group sing it wonderfully. This is at least as good as their seminal recordings of Ockeghem, I think. They have impeccable intonation and phrasing, and a genuine engagement with the text which really brings the music alive. The balance of voices is exemplary and they sing with a sort of unfussy directness which suits this music perfectly.

With excellent recorded sound, good notes and attractive presentation this is a first-rate disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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on 5 February 2011
A beautifully executed body of music written by the late 15th century Franco-Flemish composer Obrecht and performed by the British-based Clerks' Group. While the recordings consists for the most part of Marian motets and the mass to Mary's divine protection Missa Sub Tuum Praesidium, an exaltation to the cross (Salve crux), a commemorative piece in honour of Obrecht's deceased father (Mille quingentis) and the polyphonic "collage" of Advent pieces (Factor orbis) complete the repertoire. This is a fine introduction to this generally lesser known Renaissance composer, whose stature at the time was eclipsed only posthumously by Josquin. An excellent album at just under 70 minutes in length!
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This is a terrific recording of Obrecht's Missa Sub tuum praesidium and a selection of motets. Obrecht was active in the latter half of the 15th Century and was one of the most famous composers of his day - and it's easy to see why on this evidence. His music is beautifully structured, varied and sets the texts superbly. It has the slightly spare sound (to the modern ear) of the 15th Century rather than the richness which became evident in later polyphony, but is no less beautiful for that.

The Clerk's Group sing it wonderfully. This is at least as good as their seminal recordings of Ockeghem, I think. They have impeccable intonation and phrasing, and a genuine engagement with the text which really brings the music alive. The balance of voices is exemplary and they sing with a sort of unfussy directness which suits this music perfectly.

With excellent recorded sound, good notes and attractive presentation this is a first-rate disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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on 7 June 2009
This is really lovely music and it is sung beautifully. I would specially pick out Robin Blaze, who has an extrordinary countertenor voice.
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on 30 July 2015
In his lifetime Obrecht was held in high estime as a composer of great talent and innovation. If you want to know why listen to this CD.
His polyphony is extremely intricate and the sonority striking. The mass grows in intensity as an extra voice is added to each section (three for the Kyrie through to seven for the Agnus Dei). The polyphony is beautifully developed in the lower voices with the cantus firmus in the top voice. The sound produced is awesome.
The motets and "Mille quingentis" a funeral piece written for the death of his father are equally stunning pieces.
The Clerks' Group are masters of the early Renaissance repertoire and their performance here is superb.
Obrecht was overshadowed by Ockeghem before him and the superstar Josquin after him. On the evidence of this CD it is to be hoped they will record more music from this "underrepresented" genius.
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on 3 July 2014
Beautiful music and performances and excellent recording, delivered promptly
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