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Capilla Flamenca - Dirk Snellings

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Flemish-born composer Adrian Willaert was the most highly regarded composer in Italy of the generation after Josquin Desprez, but even the innovations of the historical-performance movement have largely failed to bring his music to life. It seems either too mechanical, as in the five large antiphonal psalms that make up the heart of this recording, or too fussily dense, as in some of the other choral pieces. One technique that can work is to bring together smaller pieces into the framework of the large occasions for which Willaert often wrote music, and that's what the Capilla Flamenca under Dirk Snellings does here. The Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin) offered here is not a work by Willaert, per se, but it sheds considerable light on his music and how it was used. The Vespers service as a musical event culminated in the great Vespers setting of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, but it was large in scale well before that, even if the music of several composers had to be brought together to make it happen. The components here are Willaert's psalms, motets by Willaert from a collection called Musica Nova, chant, introductory and transitional pieces that pick up bits of text, and polyphonic instrumental music by Willaert and Italian composer Annibale Padovano. Some of the psalms, curiously enough, were composed jointly by Willaert and French composer Jachet de Mantua, with one composer taking one chorus and the other the next. This is noted in the booklet, but no speculation is offered as to how this unique arrangement might have come about. At any rate, the overall effect is to generate a large structure with several layers of contrast: between chorus and chorus (which can be done in various ways), between the broad language of the psalms and the denser one of the motets, and between vocal and instrumental music. Heard this way, Willaert does seem a worthy forerunner to Monteverdi (and the dividing line between "Renaissance" and "Baroque" gets even a little shakier). Capilla Flamenca gets the breadth of the music, and Joris Verdin's work on a many-voiced period organ from Bologna (recorded separately from the rest of the album) is very nice. The chorus itself, however, is underpowered with just six voices; some of the polychoral effects in Willaert's music are thought to have depended on the contrast between solo groups and somewhat larger chois, and the application of the one-voice-per-part technique here loses such contrasts. This nevertheless comes closer to "getting" the choral music of Adrian Willaert than do most previous attempts.
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1
Vespro della beata Vergine: Deus in adiutorium
Dirk Snellings
00:01:02

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Traditional, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

2
Vespro della beata Vergine: Toccata del ottavo tono
Govaart Haché
00:03:48

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Annibale Padovano, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

3
Vespro della beata Vergine: Benedicta es - Per illud ave a 7
Dirk Snellings
00:07:05

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

4
Vespro della beata Vergine: Ricercar I a 4
Laurens Wyns
00:04:35

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

5
Vespro della beata Vergine: Dixit Dominus a 8
Dirk Snellings
00:06:31

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Jachet de Mantua, Composer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

6
Vespro della beata Vergine: Laudate pueri a 8
Dirk Snellings
00:03:54

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

7
Vespro della beata Vergine: Ricercar primo a 3
Laurens Wyns
00:05:18

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

8
Vespro della beata Vergine: Laetatus sum a 4
Dirk Snellings
00:06:50

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Jachet de Mantua, Composer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

9
Vespro della beata Vergine: Nisi Dominus a 4
Dirk Snellings
00:05:22

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Jachet de Mantua, Composer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

10
Vespro della beata Vergine: Ricercar settimo a 3
Laurens Wyns
00:04:12

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

11
Vespro della beata Vergine: Lauda Jerusalem a 8
Dirk Snellings
00:04:45

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

12
Vespro della beata Vergine: Ave maris stella a 6 (Hymnus)
Laurens Wyns
00:07:42

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

13
Vespro della beata Vergine: Ricercar X a 4
Laurens Wyns
00:05:15

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

14
Vespro della beata Vergine: Magnificat (aliis temporis) a 4
Laurens Wyns
00:08:27

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Traditional, Composer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

15
Vespro della beata Vergine: Benedicamus in laude Jesu a 4
Marnix de Cat
00:01:34

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Adriaen Willaert, Composer - Traditional, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

16
Vespro della beata Vergine: Toccata del terzo e quarto tono
Govaart Haché
00:02:59

Rob Cuppens, Performer - Marnix de Cat, Performer - Jan Caals, Performer - Tore Denys, Performer - Govaart Haché, Performer - Laurens Wyns, Performer - Lieven Termont, Performer - Dirk Snellings, Performer - Joris Verdin, Performer - Annibale Padovano, Composer

2012 Outhere 2012 Outhere

Album Description

Flemish-born composer Adrian Willaert was the most highly regarded composer in Italy of the generation after Josquin Desprez, but even the innovations of the historical-performance movement have largely failed to bring his music to life. It seems either too mechanical, as in the five large antiphonal psalms that make up the heart of this recording, or too fussily dense, as in some of the other choral pieces. One technique that can work is to bring together smaller pieces into the framework of the large occasions for which Willaert often wrote music, and that's what the Capilla Flamenca under Dirk Snellings does here. The Vespro della Beata Vergine (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin) offered here is not a work by Willaert, per se, but it sheds considerable light on his music and how it was used. The Vespers service as a musical event culminated in the great Vespers setting of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi, but it was large in scale well before that, even if the music of several composers had to be brought together to make it happen. The components here are Willaert's psalms, motets by Willaert from a collection called Musica Nova, chant, introductory and transitional pieces that pick up bits of text, and polyphonic instrumental music by Willaert and Italian composer Annibale Padovano. Some of the psalms, curiously enough, were composed jointly by Willaert and French composer Jachet de Mantua, with one composer taking one chorus and the other the next. This is noted in the booklet, but no speculation is offered as to how this unique arrangement might have come about. At any rate, the overall effect is to generate a large structure with several layers of contrast: between chorus and chorus (which can be done in various ways), between the broad language of the psalms and the denser one of the motets, and between vocal and instrumental music. Heard this way, Willaert does seem a worthy forerunner to Monteverdi (and the dividing line between "Renaissance" and "Baroque" gets even a little shakier). Capilla Flamenca gets the breadth of the music, and Joris Verdin's work on a many-voiced period organ from Bologna (recorded separately from the rest of the album) is very nice. The chorus itself, however, is underpowered with just six voices; some of the polychoral effects in Willaert's music are thought to have depended on the contrast between solo groups and somewhat larger chois, and the application of the one-voice-per-part technique here loses such contrasts. This nevertheless comes closer to "getting" the choral music of Adrian Willaert than do most previous attempts.
© TiVo

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