Compere - Missa Galeazescha: Music for the Duke of Milan | Arcana A436

Compere - Missa Galeazescha: Music for the Duke of Milan

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Label: Arcana

Cat No: A436

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd September 2017

Contents

Works

Agricola, Alexander

Ave, pulcherrima Regina
Ave Domina Sancta Maria
L'homme banni
Tota pulchra es

Compere, Loyset

Ave Maria gratia plena
Missa Galeazescha
» Ad elevationem: Adoramus te, Christe
» Loco Agnus: Salve, mater salvatoris
» Loco Credo: Ave, decus virginale
» Loco Deo Gratias: Virginis Mariae laudes
» Loco Gloria: Ave, salus infirmorum
» Loco Introitus: Ave, Virgo gloriosa
» Loco Offertorii: Ave, sponsa verbi summi
» Loco Sanctus: O Maria

Lubeck, Heinrich

Etzliche Punctenn aus einer Sonade
Sonata no.6
Sonata no.100

Martini, Johannes

La Martinella
Toujours bien

Weerbecke, Gaspar van

Ave, stella matutina
Christi mater, ave
Mater digna Dei
Virgo Maria

Artists

Odhecaton
La Pifarescha
La Reverdie
Ensemble Pian&Forte

Conductor

Paolo Da Col

Works

Agricola, Alexander

Ave, pulcherrima Regina
Ave Domina Sancta Maria
L'homme banni
Tota pulchra es

Compere, Loyset

Ave Maria gratia plena
Missa Galeazescha
» Ad elevationem: Adoramus te, Christe
» Loco Agnus: Salve, mater salvatoris
» Loco Credo: Ave, decus virginale
» Loco Deo Gratias: Virginis Mariae laudes
» Loco Gloria: Ave, salus infirmorum
» Loco Introitus: Ave, Virgo gloriosa
» Loco Offertorii: Ave, sponsa verbi summi
» Loco Sanctus: O Maria

Lubeck, Heinrich

Etzliche Punctenn aus einer Sonade
Sonata no.6
Sonata no.100

Martini, Johannes

La Martinella
Toujours bien

Weerbecke, Gaspar van

Ave, stella matutina
Christi mater, ave
Mater digna Dei
Virgo Maria

Artists

Odhecaton
La Pifarescha
La Reverdie
Ensemble Pian&Forte

Conductor

Paolo Da Col

About

During the reign of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza (1444-76), Milan experienced an extraordinary musical era. In the 1470s, the Duke set out to form a ‘famous and worthy choir’, recruiting a ‘goodly number of singers from beyond the Alps and from various countries’. He soon assembled a musical ensemble that boasted some of the most celebrated musicians in the Franco-Flemish polyphony of the day, from Italy and beyond.

The Duke brought into being a new kind of polyphonic mass, a cycle of motets called missales to replace the traditional ordinarium, with texts attributing special importance to the worship of Our Lady of Grace and Mercy, much beloved by the Sforza family.

A masterpiece of the genre is the so-called Missa Galeazescha for five voices, composed by Loyset Compère and performed here by an ensemble inspired by the impressive size of Galeazzo Maria Sforza’s cappella. This recording brings together four vocal-instrumental groups.

Reviews

This is only the third anthology devoted to Loyset Compère, whose 500th death-anniversary falls next year; but it is a fitting commemoration, for both music and performance are on a pleasingly high level. ... That voices and instruments combined as they do here in some movements of the Missa Galeazescha is by no means a given, but the groups are so well blended (and indeed opulent) that one imagines that Galeazzo would have been delighted.  Fabrice Fitch
Gramophone November 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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