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Isaac: 'Nel Tempo Di Lorenzo De' Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519'

Magazine article Gramophone

Isaac: 'Nel Tempo Di Lorenzo De' Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519'

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Isaac

'Nel tempo di Lorenzo de' Medici & Maximilian I, 1450-1519'

Anonymous O Welt, ich muss dich lassen Isaac A la battaglia. Angeli, Archangeli. Christus, filius Dei. Circumdederunt me. Hora e di maggio. Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen. La mi la sol. La morra. Optime Divino date munere pastor ovili. O Welt, ich muss dich lassen. Palle, palle. Parce, Domine. Quis dabit capiti meo aquam?. Sancti spiritus assit nobis gratia. Sustinuimus pacem La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hesperion XXI / Jordi Savall

Alia Vox (F) [SACD] AVSA9922 (76' * DDD/DSD * T/t)

This year is Isaac year (he died in 1517) but so far it has seen few additions to the discography. Hesperion XXI's programme follows Jordi Savall's favoured format of the musical diary, whereby major events of the composer's life are commemorated with a piece. A high proportion of his most famous pieces is included, which some may think a missed opportunity given how much of his music is virgin territory on disc (the motet Christus, filius Deus is the famous Virgo prudentissima with a new text celebrating the imperial accession of Charles V two years after Isaac's death).

That needn't matter when the performances catch the ear but on this occasion Savall's wonted flair seems to have eluded him. …

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