Academic journal article Notes

Mass Sections; Estonian Folk Chorales

Academic journal article Notes

Mass Sections; Estonian Folk Chorales

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Johannes Ockeghem. Mass sections; Estonian folk chorales. Heinavanker. Alba ABCD 237, 2007.

It is just a bit misleading to present this strange and wonderful disc as an Ockeg - hem recording, but Ockeghem's works do act as something of a glue holding the program together. Heinavanker is a small ensemble of Estonian singers dedicated to both early church music and the ancient folk chorales of their native country- music that drew much of its melodic content from Gregorian plainchant but gathered both melodic and harmonic accretions and elaborations over the centuries until it became something quite different. Their approach on this recording is to alternate sections from various Ockeghem masses with these traditional spiritual songs, as well as, in one case, intertwining one of those songs directly into a performance of a Gregorian chant. It is a strategy that recalls Noel Cohen's (tragically unrecorded) 1982 version of the Play of Daniel with the Boston Camerata, in which the original medieval musical drama was interspersed with traditional American shape-note hymns. …

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