Magazine article Gramophone

'L'heritage De Petrus Alamire'

Magazine article Gramophone

'L'heritage De Petrus Alamire'

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'L'heritage de Petrus Alamire' Sanctus and Agnus Dei movements from Anonymous Missa sex vocum N'avez point veu Champion Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena Fevin Missa quattuor vocum supra la sol mi fa re Forestier Missa quinque vocum supra Baises moy Josquin Missa Malheur me bat Sticheler Missa Se j'avoye porpoin de veleur Huelgas Ensemble / Paul Van Nevel Cypres [F] CYP1673 (75' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at St Paul's Church, Antwerp, August 19,2015

The Huelgas Ensemble are no strangers to off-the-wall programmes, and this one is certainly eccentric--on paper, at least. As the last two movements of the Mass ordinary, the Sanctus and Agnus Dei were quite often paired by composers in the earlier history of polyphonic cycles, but here Paul Van Nevel presents six pairs drawn from Masses that survive complete in manuscripts copied under the direction of the master copyist Petrus Alamire. Most are new to the catalogue, their composers known only to specialists. Sticheler is especially obscure, while Champion and Forestier are perhaps best known as the composers of works formerly thought to be by Josquin. The subject of Robert de Fevin's Mass is a nice piece of misdirection, borrowing Josquin's famous La sol fa re mi but moving mi to third place. …

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