In the Footsteps of Alamire

KTC 1519 . 5CD . 8711801015194 . 01/09/2015 . Etcetera Records

In the Footsteps of Alamire

Composer(s):
  • Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)
  • Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)
  • Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)
  • Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)
  • Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)
  • Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
  • Alexander Agricola (1446-1506)

The Mass, the motet, the chanson. These three genres make up the lion’s share of the polyphonic works in the Alamire manuscripts, a body of fifty often opulently illuminated manuscripts of Flemish origin; these were compiled between 1490 and approximately 1530 as a result of the contacts of the Burgundian-Habsburg princes with foreign rulers and religious brotherhoods. They were named after their copyist, one Petrus van der Hove, alias Alamire — his pseudonym spelt out in note names that he often used as his signature on a stave. Seven of these manuscripts are to be found in Belgium: one in the Archief en Stadsbibliotheek of the city of Mechelen, the only one of the seven that is still kept in the city of its creation, and six in Brussels in the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, including the splendid chansonnier or song-book compiled by Margaret of Austria of works by herself and others (Ms. 228). The remaining manuscripts are valued just as highly abroad as in Belgium and are preserved in eleven other European libraries, principally those of Jena, Munich, the Vatican and Vienna.

It can be seen from the above how much store the composers of the Renaissance set by their combining beauty of sound, expression and symbolism with expert and highly skilled compositional techniques. Polyphony was known at that time as the ars perfecta, the perfect art: the word ars here still has its original meaning as the Latin translation of the Greek word technè, meaning learning or skill. Here it signifies the mastery of an extremely difficult technique of combining several vocal lines with each other in such a way that they form a perfect whole and are yet imparted with a deeper significance that goes beyond the simple experience of the senses. It is precisely thanks to this unique combination of reason and emotional power that this music remains timeless.

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Track listing

CD 1
1 Motets - Salve Regina 08:36
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
2 Motets - Intemerata Dei mater 07:12
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
3 Motets - Alma redemptoris mater 05:42
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
4 Missa Caput - Kyrie 03:49
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
5 Missa Caput - Gloria 06:33
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
6 Missa Caput - Credo 07:54
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
7 Missa Caput - Sanctus 07:33
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
8 Missa Caput - Agnus Dei 06:39
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
9 Requiem (excerpt) - Introitus 05:02
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
CD 2
1 Motets - Tu solus qui facis mirabilia 04:45
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
2 Motets - O Virgo prudentissima 06:42
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
3 Motets - De profondis clamavi 06:24
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
4 Motets - Ave Maria... Virgo Serena 04:40
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
5 Motets - Salve Regina 03:53
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
6 Motets - Déploration de la mort de Jehan Ockegem 05:34
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
7 Missa L'homme armé, sexti toni - Kyrie 03:55
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
8 Missa L'homme armé, sexti toni - Gloria 06:41
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
9 Missa L'homme armé, sexti toni - Credo 09:11
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
10 Missa L'homme armé, sexti toni - Sanctus & Benedictus 05:02
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
11 Missa L'homme armé, sexti toni - Agnus Dei 07:15
artists: 'Laudantes Consort ' 'Guy Janssens'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
CD 3
1 Missa cum iucunditate - Kyrie 02:28
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
2 Missa cum iucunditate - Gloria 05:00
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
3 Missa cum iucunditate - Credo 07:06
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
4 Missa cum iucunditate - Sanctus & Benedictus 07:24
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
5 Missa cum iucunditate - Agnus Dei I 01:37
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
6 Missa cum iucunditate - Agnus Dei II 02:30
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
7 Missa cum iucunditate - Agnus Dei III 01:40
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
8 Absolve quae sumus, Domine 04:43
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
9 Ave Maria 03:20
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410/20-1497)'
10 O crux splendidor 09:47
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
11 Virgo Prudentissima 11:39
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
12 Noe, Noe 03:46
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Jean Mouton (1459-1522)'
13 Nesciens Mater 05:07
artists: ' Henry's Eight' 'Jonathan Brown'
composers: 'Jean Mouton (1459-1522)'
CD 4
1 Lamentatio Jeremiae - Lectio prima / Lectio secunda / Lectio tertia 17:40
artists: ' Egidius Kwartet'
composers: 'Alexander Agricola (1446-1506)'
2 Mijn Hert altijt heeft verlanghen 02:45
artists: ' Egidius Kwartet'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
3 Mille Regretz 02:01
artists: ' Egidius Kwartet'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
4 Scaramella 01:25
artists: ' Egidius Kwartet'
composers: 'Josquin Des Prez (c.1450-1521)'
5 Pater Noster 04:00
artists: ' Nederlands Kamerkoor'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
6 O salutaris hostia 03:39
artists: ' Nederlands Kamerkoor'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
7 Il viendra le jour désiré 04:05
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
8 Autent en emporte le vent 02:12
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
9 Fors seulement 03:15
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
10 Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes 03:25
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
11 In Gottes Namen 01:50
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
12 In meindem Sinn 02:22
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
13 Ach, was will doch mein Herz 04:12
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
14 Alla battaglia 04:53
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
15 Mon père m'a donné mari 02:53
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
16 Es wollt eine Maeggdlein grasen gahn 02:32
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
17 Rorate, caeli 04:24
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
18 Virgo prudentissima 10:31
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517)'
CD 5
1 Missa De Septem Doloribus - Kyrie 05:15
artists: 'Capilla Flamenca' 'Dirk Snellings'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
2 Missa De Septem Doloribus - Gloria 07:44
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
3 Missa De Septem Doloribus - Credo 10:12
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
4 Missa De Septem Doloribus - Sanctus 06:57
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
5 Missa De Septem Doloribus - Agnus Dei 05:21
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
6 Missa Sub tuum praesidium - Kyrie 03:43
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
7 Missa Sub tuum praesidium - Gloria 04:48
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
8 Missa Sub tuum praesidium - Credo 06:08
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
9 Missa Sub tuum praesidium - Sanctus 06:18
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
10 Missa Sub tuum praesidium - Agnus Dei 03:38
artists: 'Dirk Snellings' 'Capilla Flamenca'
composers: 'Pierre de la Rue (c.1452-1518)'
11 Ave Virgo 05:49
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
12 Lauda Ierusalem 04:53
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
13 Douleur me bat 03:12
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
14 Vecchie letrose 03:30
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'
15 Quante volte diss'io 03:05
artists: 'Capella Sancti Michaelis' ' Currende Consort' 'Erik van Nevel'
composers: 'Adriaan Willaert (c.1490-1562)'