Cappella Sonora | Josquin on the Desert

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Josquin on the Desert

by Cappella Sonora

Secular and sacred music of early Renaissance master Josquin des Prez. Unique arrangements both 'a cappella' and with authentic, period instruments.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. Kyrie
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2:13 album only
2. Gloria
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4:30 album only
3. Credo
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5:50 album only
4. Sanctus
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5:20 album only
5. Agnus Dei
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3:55 album only
6. Ave Maria gratia plena
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4:08 album only
7. Nimphes des bois
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4:50 album only
8. Qui belles amours a
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5:59 album only
9. Scaramella
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3:43 album only
10. Mille regretz
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5:18 album only
11. Faute d'argent
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3:45 album only
12. El grillo
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2:19 album only
13. Adieu mes amours
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4:15 album only


Album Notes
Cappella Sonora is an ensemble of musicians based in Tempe, Arizona, dedicated to Medieval and Renaissance music. The group's primary focus is small-ensemble vocal music, but many of their performances are enhanced by the use of authentic "period" instruments whenever possible.

Their debut CD features the music of Renaissance master Josquin des Prez. The group has crafted unique arrangements of some of his most famous secular songs, accompanied by lutes, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, harps, and percussion. The disc also includes several of Josquin's larger pieces, including the starkly moving "Nimphes des bois," a musical eulogy by Josquin for the most celebrated composer of the preceding generation, Johannes Ockeghem. Finally, the disc includes the rarely-heard "Missa sine nomine" ("unnamed mass"), a tour-de-force of compositional technique in which the composer creates a complex web of canons (large sections of music which "echo" each other) as a framework, yet still retaining the emotional expression which he is remembered for.


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Very nice listen
Josquin de Prez's music is absolutely beautiful, and much of this CD does it full justice. The voices are mostly very good and the CD's renditon of Josquin's religious music is especially beautiful. Thank you for this nice CD,which I enjoyed very much. I also appreciated the speedy delivery after my order.