- Audio CD (June 5 2001)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Harmonia Mundi Canada
- ASIN: B00005ATCX
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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|1. Pange Lingua|
|2. Missa Pange Lingua: Kyrie|
|3. Missa Pange Lingua: Gloria|
|4. Missa Pange Lingua: Credo|
|5. Missa Pange Lingua: Sanctus & Benedictus|
|6. Missa Pange Lingua: Agnus Dei I, II & III|
|7. Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi: Kyrie|
|8. Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi: Gloria|
|9. Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi: Credo|
|10. Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi: Sanctus & Benedictus|
|11. Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi: Agnus Dei I, II & III|
Plainchant is basically another word for chant of Gregorian or other styles, being monophonic and in free rhythm. The particular piece here, Pange lingua, was originally a hymn for the feast of Corpus Christi. The first track on this CD presents the plainchant version without embellishment; perhaps as one would have originally heard it in a medieval monastery.
--Missa Pange lingua--
This mass, set for four voices, was possibly Josquin's last mass setting of his long career. Likely dating as late as 1520 (it wasn't published until 1539), it is a mature piece, no longer chasing after musical puzzles to be solved, but rather free and flowing in form. Gustave Reese (quoted in the liner notes) describes it as a 'fantasy on a plainsong.' Soprano is highly used in this mass.
--Missa La sol fa re mi--
This mass is an earlier one, published in 1502, and sets the task of setting a mass based on medieval scales (think here 'Sound of Music' and the do-re-mi) - the pattern of five notes, A-G-F-D-E is evident throughout the parts of the mass, particularly in the tenor.
There are three works on this disc, and there is a separate style of recording for each. We are evidently dealing with a very clever recording consultant here. The plainsong Pange Lingua, one of the most marvellous of the plainchants, is given an echoing acoustic suggestive of the standard image of hooded monks as one might encounter that in, say, a Vincent Price film. I buy the effect wholeheartedly, except to say that it certainly does not recall to me the acoustic of the impressive but hardly monastic chapel of Merton College Oxford. Meretricious or not, the effect has at least one out-and-out admirer, and my pleasure was further enhanced on hearing the last two stanzas, the dreaded Tantum Ergo of so many excruciating Victorian settings, sung to its great original melody.
The Missa La sol fa re mi, (the notes A,G,F,D,E in modern parlance and cantance) seems to be regarded as a triumph here by commentators in general. Whether this short canto fermo originated in a parody of the phrase 'Lascia faremi' or 'Be missing', supposedly associated with some unknown but clearly important personage, is not established.Read more ›
I would love to hear them do an album of Josquin's rowdy, and sometimes near-bawdy secular music.