In organis et in discantu: Music from the County of Loon and the Principality of Liege | Etcetera KTC1622

In organis et in discantu: Music from the County of Loon and the Principality of Liege

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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1622

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd November 2018

Contents

Artists

Luc Ponet (organ)
Psallentes
Ensemble Utopia

Conductor

Hendrik Vanden Abeele

Artists

Luc Ponet (organ)
Psallentes
Ensemble Utopia

Conductor

Hendrik Vanden Abeele

About

What was begun in September 2012 as a project researched with fine artistic and intellectual endeavour subsequently expanded into an artistic and scientific project driven by conviction and passion. Six years of research and experiment have led us to interesting information and regularly revised insights into a valid realisation of an unexplored musical world that was truly characteristic of the prince-bishopric of Liège. In many respects, this music still does not receive the recognition it deserves, even in the region of its birth. We can still read in important reference works that Henry Du Mont, the founder of the French classical style, was a Parisian with his origins in the Southern Netherlands, and that the Liège organ is a variant of the French classical organ. We can also read that the basso continuo was invented by Lodovico Grossi da Viadana (1560-1627), although Léonard de Hodémont (1575-1636), the maestro di cappella for the Liège cathedral, was experimenting with extended polyphonic compositions with up to eight parts that were combined with continuo at the same period. These works of reference unfortunately never contain a phrase such as “several important developments in the music of the 17th century and in organ building were initially developed in the prince-bishopric of Liège”.

Significant and recognisable indications for specific combinations of stops to obtain a particular sound from the organ are to be found in the organ book of the Liège Crosiers and in the anonymous manuscript in the British Library. This music can only be performed with true fidelity on an authentic Liège organ, with a complete grand orgue and positif de dos, with various stops divided between low and high registers such as the Trompette and the Cornet, with possibly a clavier de récit or even an echo manual. Authentic French organs that possessed the same possibilities only came into being later in the 17th century.

The compositions on this CD not only give a broad impression of the unique repertoire of this period but also make it available to a wider audience for the first time. This recording places the roots of the authentic culture of the region, of Liège, Loon and Limburg, in a recognisable historic perspective. Even today the rich cultural history of Liège and of Loon is still all too often badly served and reduced to a footnote in music history. This is pure injustice. Loon and Liège represent an individual and authentic cultural identity, which historically did not fall under the banner of the Southern Netherlands. Quite the opposite is true: the musical tradition of Liège was known for its high level of development and independence, thanks to which it played a prominent role in the European musical landscape of the time.

Contents:
1. Canzon di Francesco Rovigo
2. Prélude
3. Kyrie: Missa 1. Toni
4. Gloria: Missa 1. Toni
5. Sanctus & Benedictus: Missa 1. Toni
6. Agnus Dei - dona nobis pacem
7. Fugue
8. Magnificat ‘Beau le Cristal’
9. Te Deum
10. Fuga Decima septima (Simon Lohet, 1550-1611)
11. Motet ‘in lectulo meo’ (Henry Du Mont, 1610-1684)
12. Aliquot Canzon di Ruggiero Troffeo
13. Prélude (Kyrie)
14. Magnificat ‘Margot, laborez les vignes’
15. Intonazione Primi toni d’Andrea Gabrieli
16. Motet à la Vierge ‘Salve Regina’ (Léonard de Hodémont, c.1575-1636)
17. Allemande ‘sur les anches’ (Henry Du Mont)

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