Hellinck: Missa Mater Patris et Filia

Sicut lilium inter spinas
In Annunciatione beata Marie Virginis
Cappella Pratensis - Rebecca Stewart
Emergo 3975

Contents:

  1. Clemens: Ego flos campi à 7
  2. Anon: Virgo precellens à 4
  3. Anon: Anna te mundo à 4
  4. Anon: Pacis in terris à 4
  5. Anon: Jam mine ferri sileant à 4

  6. Hellinck: Missa Mater Patris et Filia à 4 (à 5 in Agnus III)
  7. Introitus - Rorate celi desuper (chant)
  8. Kyrie
  9. Gloria
  10. Graduale - Prope est Dominus (chant)
  11. Alleluia - Virga Iesse floruit (chant)
  12. Anon: Benedicta es celorum Regina à 4
  13. Credo
  14. Offertorium - Ave Maria, gratia plena (chant)
  15. Sanctus / Benedictus
  16. Agnus Dei
  17. Communio - Ecce Virgo concipiet
  18. Brumel: Mater Patris et Filia à 3
  19. Anon: De celo veniet à 4
  20. Anon: Ecce in nubibus celi à 4
  21. Anon: Septimi toni Magnificat à 4, 5

Performers: Renée Kartodirdjo, Annelies Coene, Rebecca Stewart (superius); Stratton Bull (alto); Ludy Vrijdag, Sjef van Leunen, Peter Halpern (tenor); Piet Brummer, Rob Borst, Bart Demuyt, Marc Drost (bass)

Playing time: 75'

Recording date: June 1993

Although only a single CD, this recording is packaged in a double jewel box (apparently to preserve the large liner notes, 51 pages).

This program is taken largely from the sources of the Illustrious Confraternity of Our Lady, founded in 1318 under the jurisdiction of Liege, and becoming a sort of "secret society" that by the 16th century had several prominent composers as members and was even able to commission works. The present program reconstructs a Feast of the Annunciation service as it is preserved in surviving choirbooks of 1530-1549. The opening motet is not from this source, but does refer rather explicitly to the Confraternity, with which Clemens was known to have associated.

The major work is the Missa Mater Patris et Filia of Lupus Hellinck (c.1495-1541), based on the motet of Brumel which is also included here (from other sources). The pronunciation is derived from Flemish practice and interesting in the plainchant as well as elsewhere.

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Todd M. McComb