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In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Josquin and posterity.

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Josquin and posterity.

Once they're dead, many composers pass directly into obscurity and are forgotten. Not so Josquin. After his death in 1521, there were fulsome musical tributes; later generations 'parodied' his works; and we know that Josquin's own music stayed continuously in the repertoire well into the 17th century. Today's programme includes a pair of memorial tributes, by the decidedly obscure Jaquet of Mantua and Hieronymus Vinders; a parody Magnificat by Lassus; and a trio of masterpieces by Josquin himself.

Jaquet of Mantua: Dum vastos Adriae fluctus
The King's Singers

Josquin des Prez: Praeter rerum seriem
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director

Orlande de Lassus: Magnificat secondi toni super Praeter rerum seriem
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director

Josquin des Prez: Benedicta es, coelorum regina
Weser-Renaissance Bremen
Manfred Cordes, director

Josquin des Prez: Stabat mater
Alamire
David Skinner, director

Hieronymus Vinders: O mors inevitabilis
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

Produced by Chris Barstow.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 20 Jul 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Jacquet of Mantua

    Dum vastos Adriae fluctus

    • SIGNUM SIGCD326.
    • 4.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Praeter rerum seriem

    Ensemble: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL : CDGIM-206.
    • GIMELL.
    • 12.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Magnificat super Praeter rerum seriem

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO : 16097.
    • CORO.
    • 6.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Stabat mater

    Director: David Skinner. Choir: Alamire.
    • Obsidian : CD-715.
    • Obsidian.
    • 4.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Benedicta es, coelorum regina

    Ensemble: Weser-Renaissance Bremen. Director: Manfred Cordes.
    • CPO : 777-590-2.
    • CPO.
    • 10.
  • Jheronimus Vinders

    O mors inevitabilis (Lament on the death of Josquin)

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS : 8.55-3428.
    • NAXOS.
    • 10.

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Performer BBC Philharmonic

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