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VINE VOICEon 15 February 2011
This is an interesting & varied collection of Josquin works. Kicking off with the Ockeghem tune "D'ung aultre amer", there follows Josquin's early and somewhat short mass based around it. The majority of the disc consists of a selection of motets and chansons displaying Josquin's talent as a composer across a range of styles, including a second Sanctus and a motet also based around "D'ung aultre".

The ensemble Alamire directed by David Skinner deliver this relatively unusual Josquin repertoire well, though the recorded sound feels a little "distant". The highlight for me is the chanson "Adieu mes amours", with soloist Clare Wilkinson accompanied by harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. Here is Josquin with one foot firmly in the medieval period, a bridge, nay, a Colossus spanning that era and the Renaissance.

Digipak with booklet containing notes plus full sung texts with translations.
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on 8 December 2007
It is rare to come across a recording of Josquin that is as clean and bracing as Alamire's new CD. Listening to the clarity of the musical phrasing, and the way in which the meaning of the words are conveyed, it is as if brand new music is being sung, without generations of accumulated conventions. Of course, that is helped by the choice of pieces: not for Alamire and David Skinner the two or three conventional choices in the Josquin repertoire, and even when a piece is familiar from other recordings, Alamire's cool passion wins out (compare "Ava Maria" here with the Hilliard's recording on the "Motets and Chansons" CD).
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