- Audio CD (Jun 1 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B000002SSH
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Ave Maria, gratia plena...virgo serena|
|2. Absalon, fili mi (attrib.)|
|3. Veni Sancte Spiritus|
|4. De profundis clamavi|
|5. Scaramella va alla guerra and (by Compère) Scaramella fa la galla|
|6. In te Domine speravi, per trovar pietà|
|7. El grillo|
|8. Mille regretz|
|9. Petite camusette|
|10. Je me complains|
|11. En I'ombre d'ung buissonet|
|12. Je ne me puis tenir d'aimer|
|13. La déploration sur la mort de Jehan Ockeghem|
While some people may find the contrast between the (extremely)slow, stately religious pieces and the quick, playful songs in French and Italian stimulating, I found it slightly disturbing. I definitely would have preferred a selection of pieces with a greater unity of mood and style.
While the performance is certainly first-rate, the recording seems to me to be below average: when you turn up the volume, an annoying hum is heard in the background. Is this problem due to the inferior quality of my hi-fi? It might be, but the fact is that this maddening defect has appeared only on very few of my cds (it is also very evident on recordings of the King's College Choir).
I recommend in addition to this cd Ockeghem's Mass "De plus en plus" by the Orlando Consort. Ockeghem's Great Lament for the death of Jean Binchois is in my opinion much more beautiful and moving than Desprez's own lament for Ockeghem on this cd.
The total duration of this recording is 50 minutes.