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Jewels of the Renaissance Era

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's odd, inasmuch as Renaissance music is unfamiliar even to many listeners enthusiastic about classical music in general, but single-disc introductions to Renaissance music have been rare. This Analekta-label release presumes no knowledge at all, offering single-page overviews not only of what the Renaissance is but also of the notion of classical music itself the latter in an exceptionally user-hostile font. The range of pieces is appealing if not comprehensive, featuring instrumental dances, madrigals, sacred motets, part of a Palestrina mass, keyboard pieces, chansons and madrigals, and more. Even listeners familiar with the variety of Renaissance traditions will get...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
It's odd, inasmuch as Renaissance music is unfamiliar even to many listeners enthusiastic about classical music in general, but single-disc introductions to Renaissance music have been rare. This Analekta-label release presumes no knowledge at all, offering single-page overviews not only of what the Renaissance is but also of the notion of classical music itself the latter in an exceptionally user-hostile font. The range of pieces is appealing if not comprehensive, featuring instrumental dances, madrigals, sacred motets, part of a Palestrina mass, keyboard pieces, chansons and madrigals, and more. Even listeners familiar with the variety of Renaissance traditions will get a pleasant little surprise hearing them all side-by-side like this. The work types are jumbled up on the disc, making the liner notes a little hard to follow they don't treat the pieces sequentially but increasing the kaleidoscopic effect. There are some problems with this all-Canadian anthology of performances, which are never unpleasant but rarely state of the art. The performance of several secular pieces on a brass quintet is anachronistic; there's nothing wrong with playing Renaissance pieces on a brass quintet, but in an introductory context, with no indication of what's going on, it's a poor choice. The children's choir Les petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal is not equal to the demands of Janequin's "Le chant des oyseaults," which works much better with a small group of singers anyhow. There's something to be said for getting to know a tradition by plunging right into its best musical representations -- by, say, picking a disc by Jordi Savall and going from there. But for many listeners this collection may fill a big void in the marketplace.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Analekta
  • UPC: 774204978129
  • Catalog Number: 29781
  • Sales rank: 381,606

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Branle des chevaulx - Thoinot Arbeau & Mario Labbe (2:14)
  2. 2 Propinan de Melyor, for ensemble (Colombina Songbook) - Mario Labbe & Anonymous, Spanish (1:09)
  3. 3 The Funerals and Galliards, for mute cornett & 4 violas da gamba: Pavan The Funerals - Antony Holborne & Mario Labbe (3:38)
  4. 4 The Funerals and Galliards, for mute cornett & 4 violas da gamba: Galliard - Antony Holborne & Mario Labbe (1:08)
  5. 5 Peaceful Westerne Winde, for 3 voices - Thomas Campion & Mario Labbe (3:54)
  6. 6 The Italian Ground, for keyboard, MB27 - Luc Beausejour & Orlando Gibbons (1:48)
  7. 7 Ye sacred Muses (elegy for Thomas Tallis), consort song for voice & 4 viols - William Byrd & Mario Labbe (3:15)
  8. 8 Missa Ut re mi fa sol la, for 6 voices: Gloria - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina & Mario Labbe (3:48)
  9. 9 Missa Ut re mi fa sol la, for 6 voices: Agnus I - Giovanni Pierliugi Palestrina & Mario Labbe (3:28)
  10. 10 The silver swanne, madrigal for 5 voices - Orlando Gibbons & Mario Labbe (1:17)
  11. 11 Saltarella, for organ - Tylman Susato & Antoine Bouchard (1:03)
  12. 12 Réveillez vous, cueurs endormis, chanson for 5 voices ("Le chant des oiseaux"), M. 1/2 - Clément Janequin & Mario Labbe (5:13)
  13. 13 Skarazula Marazula - Pierre Attaingnant & Mario Labbe (2:59)
  14. 14 Lo paure satan / Er dei triptetas - Anonymous & Mario Labbe (3:06)
  15. 15 Heth Sold Ein Meisken Garn Om Win - Anonymous & Mario Labbe (1:27)
  16. 16 Lavolta (Lady Morley), for keyboard No. 1 in G minor, MB 90 - Luc Beausejour & William Byrd (1:15)
  17. 17 Canzon Francese Detta Frais et Gaillard - Jacobus Clemens Non Papa & Mario Labbe (3:43)
  18. 18 In Nomine (I), for 4 viols - Thomas Tallis & Mario Labbe (1:49)
  19. 19 Come away, arm'd with loves delights, for voice, lute & bass viol (or 3 voices) (Second Booke of Ayres) - Thomas Campion & Mario Labbe (1:59)
  20. 20 Ce moys de may, chanson for 4 voices, M. 1/10 - Clément Janequin & Mario Labbe (1:09)
  21. 21 Malle Sijmen (Silly Simon), variations for organ (doubtful) - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck & Antoine Bouchard (1:20)
  22. 22 English Dances (6) - Antony Holborne & Mario Labbe (7:33)
  23. 23 Rampaleda e corsa de la tarasca - Anonymous & Mario Labbe (3:18)
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