Academic journal article Notes

Memory Pieces

Academic journal article Notes

Memory Pieces

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Memory Pieces. Ensemble de la Rue / William Kempster. EdlR Productions 200502, 2005.

The very fine Ensemble de la Rue has gathered an interesting and attractive program for this, its third album. By opening the disc with John Taverner's majestic votive antiphon Ave Dei Patris filia, the group demonstrates both its unwillingness to be cowed by tremendous technical demands and its ability to communicate powerfully the emotional depth of Taverner's music; the sopranos' almost effortless handling of this work's bruising tessitura is particularly noteworthy, and helps make this performance a deeply moving tour de force. The program then continues with two motets composed by the ensemble's namesake, Pierre de la Rue: Ave Regina and Salve Mater salvatoris. The latter, an ode to one of de la Rue's benefactors thinly disguised as a typical Marian motet, is a long and texturally complex work, while Ave Regina uses many of the same compositional techniques within the confines of a smaller musical structure. Josquin Desprez' richly emotional setting of Plaxit autem David follows, and is again performed with both authority and sensitivity. …

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