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Huelgas Ensemble

 Huelgas Ensemble

Mixed Choral Ensemble from Belgium.

The Huelgas Ensemble was founded by Paul Van Nevel in 1970 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basle; it was named after a Cistercian monastery near Burgos. Initially it specialized in contemporary music but soon concentrated on the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, drawing closely on primary sources and making a vital contribution to the study of early music through its published research. The ensemble presents a surprising programme, with often unknown works from composers like Nicolas Gombert, Claude Le jeune, Johannes Ciconia, Pierre de Manchicourt...

The Ensemble's performances are informed by a profound understanding of medieval and Renaissance vocal techniques and practices. It has made more than 50 recordings for a.o. Sony and Harmonia Mundi and its many awards include the Belgian music press's Caecilia Price, Le Monde de la Musique's Choc de l'Annee, an Edison Award, the Cannes Classical Award and the 'Prix in honorem' of the Academie Charles Cros.


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Huelgas Ensemble : Ferrabosco : 1 CD : Peter Van Nevel : Alfonso Ferrabosco : HMC901874

Huelgas Ensemble : Ferrabosco

Review: Alfonso Ferrabosco 'Il Padre' has suffered a curious fate: he has long been neglected on record, yet in his own time he was the most eminent representative of a famous Bolognese musical dynasty. After emigrating to England at an early age, he spent most of his life in the service of Elizabeth I, earning the admiration of his peers. Though implicated in some distinctly murky affairs - could he have been a secret agent for the queen? - Ferrabosco was above all a musical genius, capable of equally felicitous expression in the motet, the madrigal or the polyphonic chanson.

Songlist: Dolci ire, Aupres de vous, In nomine I, Peccantem me quotidie, Prima pars, Secunda pars, Tertia pars, Quarta pars, Quinta pars, Sexta pars, Septima pars, Octava pars, Nona pars, Decima pars, Undecima pars, Bruna sei tu, ma bella, Domine, non secundum peccata nostra, Quel sempre acerbo

8825c | 1 CD | $19.95 Dutch Choral Music

Huelgas Ensemble : Jacobus de Kerle : 1 CD : Peter Van Nevel : Jacobus de Kerle : HMC901866

Huelgas Ensemble : Jacobus de Kerle

Review: Perhaps Jacobus de Kerle, contemporary and peer of Orlande de Lassus, Clemens non Papa and Philippe De Monte, needed a tireless pioneer of the calibre of Paul Van Nevel to rediscover him for the 21st century. This master of polyphony, who was active in Flanders, Italy and Germany before finally settling in Prague, left works of timeless beauty - as this CD will prove.

Songlist: Credo, Agnus Dei, Cantio octo vocum de sacro foedere contra Turcas, Super omnia ligna, Requiem aeternam, Dies Irae, Libera me Domine, Come nel mar, A cinq voix, A sept voix, Media Vita

8824c | 1 CD | $19.95 Dutch Choral Music

Huelgas Ensemble : La Quinta Essentia : 1 CD : Peter Van Nevel :  : 901922

Huelgas Ensemble : La Quinta Essentia

Review: For their latest release, Paul Van Nevel and the Huelgas-Ensemble have distilled the quintessence of vocal polyphony. Their spectacular new recording illustrates the dominant styles of the Renaissance as reflected in the Masses by its three greatest masters. The strict counterpoint of the Roman school is evident in the Missa Ut re mi fa sol la by Palestrina (c. 1525-1594); the ripe perfection of the Franco-Flemish school can be heard in the Missa "Tout les regretz" by Roland de Lassus (1532-1594) and the flamboyance of Late Gothic England shines through in the Missa "Ave Maria" by Thomas Ashewell (c. 1478-c. 1513). An entire world recreated in gorgeously vivid sound

Songlist: Missa "Tous les regretz", Missa "Ave Maria", Missa Ut re mi fa sol la

8770c | 1 CD | $18.95 Early Music CDs

Huelgas Ensemble : Lassus : 1 CD : Peter Van Nevel : Orlando Lassus : HMC901828

Huelgas Ensemble : Lassus

Review: It was in seeking to set to music the emotions they found in literary texts and poems - imitar le parole - that the madrigalists of the early sixteenth century rediscovered the poetry of Francesco Petrarca. The rich imagery of his language provided the springboard for Orlande de Lassus, in particular, to show his mastery over a period of nearly forty years as one of the greatest composers of madrigals.

Songlist: Solo e pensoso, S'una fede amorosa, Di pensier in pensier, Tutto'l di piango, Cantai, hor piango, Che fai, alma?, La ver' l'aurora, Mia benigna fortuna, Io son si stanco sotto, I'vo piangendo

8823c | 1 CD | $19.95 Early Music CDs

Huelgas Ensemble : 40 Voices : SACD : Peter Van Nevel :  : HMC801954

Huelgas Ensemble : 40 Voices

Review: While the latter half of the sixteenth century saw the first stirrings of the Baroque, this period also witnessed the creation of the finest cathedrals in sound, with their foundations in the distant Gothic era of music . . . Composers vied with each other in daring and ingenuity, presenting works with twelve, sixteen, twenty-four and even, in the case of Tallis's famous Spem in alium, forty different voices! The Huelgas Ensemble celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary with a spectacular selection of these works.

Songlist: Nomen mortis infame, Gloria, Qui habitat, Jesus autem / Credo in Deum, Ecce beatam lucem, En venant de Lyon, Lauda Jerusalem, Exaudi me Domine, Spem in alium

8821c | SACD | $21.95 Early Music CDs

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