In the Footsteps of Petrus Alamire | Etcetera KTC1519

In the Footsteps of Petrus Alamire


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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1519

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 5

Release Date: 30th October 2015



The Mass, the motet, the chanson. These three genres make up the lion’s share of the polyphonic works in the Alamire manuscripts, a body of fifty often opulently illuminated manuscripts of Flemish origin. They were compiled between 1490 and approximately 1530 as a result of the contacts of the Burgundian-Habsburg princes with foreign rulers and religious brotherhoods.

They were named after their copyist, one Petrus van der Hove, alias Alamire - his pseudonym spelt out in note names that he often used as his signature on a stave. Seven of these manuscripts are to be found in Belgium: one in the Archief en Stadsbibliotheek of the city of Mechelen, the only one of the seven that is still kept in the city of its creation, and six in Brussels in the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, including the splendid chansonnier or song-book compiled by Margaret of Austria of works by herself and others (Ms. 228).

The remaining manuscripts are valued just as highly abroad as in Belgium and are preserved in eleven other European libraries, principally those of Jena, Munich, the Vatican and Vienna.

CD 1 JOHANNES OCKEGHEM: Motets - Missa Caput - Requiem (excerpt)
Laudantes Consort / Guy Janssens

CD 2 JOSQUIN DES PREZ: Motets - Missa L'homme armé
Laudantes Consort / Guy Janssens

CD 3
PIERRE DE LA RUE: Missa Cum iucunditate - Absolve Quaesumus, Domine
ADRIAN WILLAERT: O crux splendidior
HEINRICH ISAAC: Virgo Prudentissima
JEAN MOUTON: Noe, Noe - Nesciens Mater
Henry's Eight / Jonathan Brown

CD 4
ALEXANDER AGRICOLA: Lamentatio Jeremiae: Lectio prima/secunda/tertia
PIERRE DE LA RUE: Mijn Hert altijt heeft verlanghen - O salutaris hostia - Il viendra le jour désiré - Autent en emporte le vent - Fors seulement - Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes
JOSQUIN DES PREZ: Mille Regretz - Scaramella
HEINRICH ISAAC: In Gottes Namen - In meinem Sinn - Ach, was will doch mein Herz - Alla battaglia - Mon père m'a donné mari - Es wollt eine Maeggdlein grasen gahn - Rorate, caeli - Virgo prudentissima
Egidius Kwartet

CD 5
PIERRE DE LA RUE: Missa De septem Doloribus - Missa Sub tuum praesidium
ADRIAN WILLAERT: Ave Virgo - Lauda Ierusalem - Douleur me bat - Vecchie letrose - Quante volte diss'io
Capilla Flamenca / Dirk Snellings

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