Obrecht: Missa Si dedero / Missa Pfauenschwanz

Obrecht: Missa Si dedero / Missa Pfauenschwanz
Ars Nova Secunda Chorus - János Bali
Hungaroton 31946

This release builds directly on the previous recording from this ensemble, this time in some of Obrecht's most abstract music.

Although the interpretation builds directly on the previous disc, and so does not have the same freshness, it is nonetheless well-considered and compelling. The masses themselves are more difficult, and ultimately the combination is electric. While the Missa Si dedero can seem ponderous and requires a view of the whole structure to really appreciate, the Missa Pfauenschwanz is more immediately appealing for its dance-like qualities.

This disc was named my EM Record of the Year for 2000.

To renaissance sacred list

Todd M. McComb