Obrecht: Masses Fors seulement, De tous biens playne, Cela sans plus

Obrecht: Missa Fors seulement / Missa De tous biens playne / Missa Cela sans plus
A:N:S Chorus - János Bali
Hungaroton 32319

This Obrecht disc continues to present distinctive points of interest. The 3-voice settings have different characters from the previously recorded Obrecht cycles. The title tunes are quite ubiquitous. The Cela sans plus setting takes on some character of a parody mass, and is generally considered to be one of Obrecht's final settings.

The performance starts to seem a bit muddled at this point, relatively speaking, but still projects the energy for which this series was known. (The lighter touch the A:N:S Chorus achieves in the 3-voice settings was actually a welcome development.)

So whereas this program cannot rival the excitement of the early issues in this series, or the more polished presentations of some later Obrecht efforts, it's still appealing & unique music within his output. And it's still amazing to think that so much of this music had languished unrecorded.

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Todd M. McComb
Updated: 22 May 2019