Ockeghem: Requiem

Ockeghem: Requiem
Ensemble Organum - Marcel Pérès
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901441
Harmonia Mundi "L'édition du quarantième anniversaire: 1958-1998" HMD 941441
Harmonia Mundi "musique d'abord" HMA 1951441

Contents:

  1. Introït - Requiem eternam dona eis Domine
  2. Kyrie
  3. Epistola (chant)
  4. Graduale - Si ambulem in medio umbre mortis
  5. Tractus - Sicut servus desiderat ad fontes aquarum
  6. Evangelium (chant)
  7. Offertorium
  8. Praefatio (chant)
  9. Divitis: Sanctus
  10. Agnus Dei (chant)
  11. Divitis: Communio - Lux eterna luceat eis
  12. Repons - Libera me, Domine, de morte eterna (chant)

Performers:
Ensemble Organum
Josep Benet (tenor), Malcolm Bothwell (tenor), Josep Cabré (baritone), Stephan van Dyck (baritone), Stephen Grant (bass), Marcel Pérès (bass - chant), Antoine Sicot (bass)
Les Pages de la Chapelle de Versailles in [9]
Christophe Davezac (treble), Arthur Le Mesre de Pas (treble), Baptiste van Opstal (treble)
Marcel Pérès, dir.

Playing time: 55'

Recording site and date:
Grand Réfectoire de l'Abbaye de Fontevraud, France [11/1992];
Rel.: 1993 (HMC), 1998 (HMD)

Reviewed in:
Le Monde de la Musique: (Sep. & Dec.1993)

Excerpts:
[1], [5] Harmonia Mundi "Century" HMX 290 8169 [CD] A History of Music, vol. 7: Du style gothique à la Pré-Renaissance / From gothic to Pre-Renaissance (1370-1460) - Ars Subtilior / Dawn of the Renaissance
[1]-[2], [5] Harmonia mundi HMX 290 649 / 54 Les Très Riches Heures du Moyen Âge - CD VI. À l'aube de la Renaissance
[7] Harmonia mundi SP 042 Marcel Pérès / Ensemble Organum / Portrait (note: released as CD-2 with Harmonia Mundi HMC 90 1590 [CDx2] Guillaume de Machaut: La Messe de Nostre Dame).

This is an all-male vocal recording, constructing a full service out of chant and Ockeghem's polyphony. In addition, two polyphonic movements by Antonius Divitis (c.1470-c.1530) are included, to make the service liturgically complete. The Sanctus uses boys voices.

Among (somewhat) more famous composers, Divitis' career and style most closely parallels Mouton's. The present settings are also attributed to another colleague, Févin.

A recording devoted to Févin's Requiem by the present ensemble:

Divitis / Févin: Requiem
Ensemble Organum - Marcel Pérès
Aeon 1216

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Todd M. McComb