viernes, 3 de agosto de 2012

The Choir Project al día [11-VII-2012]

Jacobus de Kerle (1531/32-1591): Media vita a 6.
Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel.
Forgotten master.

    This absolutely wonderful motet, published in Selectae quaedam cantiones sacrae, compositae per Jacobus de Kerle, Nüremberg, Gerlach, 1571 is a perfect example of the mastery of this Franco-Flemish composer, which today is almost forgotten.
In words of Van Nevel: "[...]Even more impressive, if that were possible, is the six-voice motet Media vita, which he composed in the same year (1571). Around a cantvs firmvs repeat tenfold in long note values on the text te rogamus audi nos, de Kerle develops a rich contrapuntal texture which exhaust all the possibilities of melodic and harmonic sensibility, from the contemplative beginning in the Dorian mode, through the tense repetition on irasceris at the end of the first part, to the resigned conclusion[...]".

    The Huelgas-Ensemble performance is really incredible. Their sound is very earthly and surround. The character of unrest that this piece requires is perfectly played by the 16 voices of the ensemble.
Especially male voices are fantastic, with a special merit for the basses with their exquisite sound.

    This album is really, really amazing. One more time, Paul and his singers show us how wonderful is the world of Franco-Flemish polyphony.


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