Le Chant de Virgile

Le Chant de Virgile
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel
Harmonia Mundi 901739 [CD]
Harmonia Mundi "Musique d'abord" HMA 195 1739 [CD]

Contents:

    Publius Vergilius Maro (Virgil, Aeneid 4, v.651-654)
  1. Josquin Desprez: Dulces exuviae
  2. Jehan Mouton: Dulces exuviae
  3. Mabriano de Orto: Dulces exuviae

  4. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)
  5. Ludwig Senfl: Mollis inertia cum tantam diffuderit imis (Epodes, 14)
  6. Senfl: Non usitata nec tenui ferar (Odes, 2, 20)
  7. Senfl: Petti, nihil me sicut antea juvat (Epodes, 11)

  8. Virgil (Aeneid 1, v.198-208)
  9. Adriaan Willaert: O socii neque enim
  10. Cipriano de Rore: O socii neque enim

  11. School of Anacreon (6th century): 16th century French adaptation (anonymous)
  12. Richard de Renvoisy: Vulcan fondz dedans ton four

  13. Anonymous (French, end 14th century)
  14. Anonymous (French, 1400): Lamech, Judith et Rachel

  15. Horace (Odes, 3, 9)
  16. Rore: Donec gratus eram tibi

  17. Gaius Valerius Catullus (16th century French paraphrase)
  18. Dominique Phinot: Vivons, m'amye et l'amour poursuyvons

  19. Virgil (Aeneid 4, v.651-654)
  20. Jakob Vaet: Dulces exuviae
  21. Theodoricus Gerarde: Dulces exuviae
  22. Roland de Lassus: Dulces exuviae

Performers: Katelijne Van Laethem, Els Van Laethem, Cécile Kempenaers (Superius); Eric Mentzel, Harry van Berne, Jan Van Elsacker, Matthew Vine (Tenor); Lieven Termont, Marius Van Altena (Baritonans); Stephan Macleod (Bassus); An Van Laethem (Violon Renaissance); Paulina Van Laarhoven (Viole de gambe, lyrone); Matthieu Lusson (Viole de gambe contrebasse); Peter Declercq, Bart Coen (Flûte à bec)

Playing time: 65'32

Recording date: December 2000

Compilation:
Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8196 / 98 [CDx3] Renaissance

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.):
Early Music America (Vol./#-p.):
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.):
Goldberg (#-p.): 18-74 (spring 2002)
Gramophone (Vol./#-p.):

The present collection demonstrates the direct influence of humanism on the music of the 16th century by comparing compositional responses to classical texts. Many of the compositions seem to be a result of courtly and royal tastes, such as the groups setting the popular Dulces exuviae text.

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