Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice

Johannes Lupi: Motets; Te Deum; Lupus Hellinck: Missa Surrexit pastor

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The Renaissance composers Johannes Lupi and Lupus Hellinck were near contemporaries, though presumably unrelated, despite the similarity of their names. (Curiously, composers and musicians with the names Lupus, Lupi, Lobo, and Lupo -- derived from the Latin lupus for wolf -- are sometimes referred to as the "wolf pack.") This bears no relation to the music Lupi and Hellinck wrote, which consisted of masses and motets, and reflected the prevailing polyphonic style of choral music found in Flanders, France, and England in the early 16th century. This is the kind of repertoire the Brabant Ensemble performs to perfection, and under the direction of Stephen Rice, the group has released many albums of unfamiliar choral music from the period. The ensemble has been recording for Hyperion since 2006, when it released an album of works by Thomas Crecquillon, and followed it with recordings of music by Pierre de Manchicourt, Nicolas Gombert, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, and Cipriano de Rore, as well as the better known Orlande de Lassus, Jacob Obrecht, and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, boasting the utmost musical polish and clean sound quality. These characteristics are essential in finding points of interest for modern listeners to Renaissance counterpoint, which sometimes underwhelms with its purity of tone and placid counterpoint. However, the Brabant Ensemble makes the most of the expressive possibilities in the passing dissonances and occasional cross-relations that add interest to the harmony, and Hyperion provides first-rate digital reproduction.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Missa Surrexit pastor bonus
1 01:40 Amazon
2 01:43 Amazon
3 02:03 Amazon
4 02:51 Amazon
5 01:21 Amazon
6 02:32 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 00:47 Amazon
9 00:55 Amazon
10 01:22 Amazon
11 02:50 Amazon
12 01:49 Amazon
13 01:44 Amazon
14 00:56 Amazon
15 01:53 Amazon
16 01:31 Amazon
17 03:27 Amazon
Salve celeberrima virgo
18 05:05 Amazon
19 04:35 Amazon
Quam pulchra es
20 03:37 Amazon
21 03:11 Amazon
Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel
22 01:48 Amazon
23 02:01 Amazon
Te Deum laudamus
24 00:57 Amazon
25 01:17 Amazon
26 01:28 Amazon
27 01:35 Amazon
28 02:04 Amazon
29 00:47 Amazon
30 01:13 Amazon
31 01:04 Amazon
32 00:56 Amazon
33 00:44 Amazon
34 01:05 Amazon
35 00:39 Amazon
36 00:55 Amazon
37 00:38 Amazon
38 01:15 Amazon
39 01:18 Amazon
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