Ockeghem: Missa Caput

Ockeghem: Missa Caput
Parisian Machicotage for the Mandatum Ritual
Ensemble Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32101

Contents:

  1. Mandatum novum
  2. Kyrie
  3. Diligamus nos invicem
  4. Gloria
  5. In diebus illis
  6. Credo
  7. Maria ergo
  8. Sanctus
  9. Vos vocatis me
  10. Agnus Dei
  11. Venit ad petrum

Performers: Yves van Handenhove, Paul de Troyer, Björn Schmelzer, Lieven Gouwy, Bart Meynckens; Koen Meynckens, Paul Beelaerts, Thomas Vanlede, Arnout Malfliet

Playing time: 59'

Recording date: August 2004 (Antwerp); released: 2006

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 30/1-197 (September/october 2006)

This is an unusual recording in a variety of ways. First, the plainchant passages are done in the old "machicotage" style. This basically means that they are ornamented in a variety of ways. This practice was frequently condemned in writing, but also apparently goes back centuries. It was eventually eradicated with 18th & 19th century Gregorian reforms. No actual examples survive, as it was not a notated practice.

Texts chosen are from the Mandatum Ritual, the washing of the feet of twelve poor men. No mass Ordinary is part of this ritual, so the pairing is anachronistic, but Björn Schmelzer draws some connections between Ockeghem and the Mandatum Ritual and this mass.

Finally, the stated objective of this interpretation is to use individual voices which sound as distinctive as possible, ornamenting their own lines as they see fit, with no particular eye on the ensemble sound.

The next recordings by this ensemble:

Joye - Les plaints de Gilles de Bins dit Binchois
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Glossa 32102
Poissance d'amours
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Ensemble Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32103
La Magdalene
The cult of Mary Magdalene in the early 16th century
Ensemble Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32104
Cecus
Colours, blindness and memorial: Alexander Agricola and his contemporaries
Graindelavoix; - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32105
Cesena - Songs for popes, princes and mercenaries
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32106
Ossuaires
Office for Elizabeth of Hungary by Pierre de Cambrai
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32107
Confréries - Devotional songs by Jaikes de Cambrai
Villard de Honnecourt: Métier, memories and travels of a 13th-century cathedral builder vol. 2
Graindelavoix - Björn Schmelzer
Glossa 32108

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Todd M. McComb