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Heavenly Spheres (L'Harmonie des Spheres)
Nicolas Gombert, Josquin Desprez, Orlande de Lassus
Heavenly Spheres (L'Harmonie des Spheres)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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If you heard this record in a blind test, you'd probably guess it was Philippe Herreweghe's European Vocal Ensemble or midcareer Tallis Scholars (before their immaculate singing took on a glassy-eyed chill). Surely a ch...  more »

      
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If you heard this record in a blind test, you'd probably guess it was Philippe Herreweghe's European Vocal Ensemble or midcareer Tallis Scholars (before their immaculate singing took on a glassy-eyed chill). Surely a choir from some European hotbed of early music like... Montreal?! Yes, indeed. Christopher Jackson and his Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal have been quietly working away up north for years; only in the late 1990s have they been making commercial recordings in a big way. Each one of these discs is better than the last: the group's Palestrina/Victoria release of 1998 and this anthology make a marvelous introduction to the a cappella sacred music of the Renaissance. Jackson and his choir capture the limpid reverence of Josquin's Inviolata and the thick richness of Mouton's Nesciens mater, the melancholy of Gombert's Musae Jovis and the cheer of Victoria's Vidi speciosam, and the combination of all those qualities in Gombert's Tulerunt Dominum meum and Palestrina's Salve Regina for four high voices. What's more, they do it with the same clarity of line and beauty of tone that made the Tallis Scholars world famous. May they have similar success. --Matthew Westphal

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Excellent Harmony! A powerful, yet relaxing experience!
Thomas Tallis | 05/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great choice for someone who loves tight well organized harmony.The arrangements on some of the eight-part harmony is outstanding!A truly great album.A must for any collection."
I'm no scholar, but this is just lovely!
Stan Vernooy | Henderson, NV | 08/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was my first experience listening to music from such an early period, and I was spellbound. I'm not qualified tojudge the scholarly accuracy of the performance practices, nor can I compare these to other performances of the same pieces. I can say only that the music has an unearthly beauty of a kind which is not found in later music. The vocal style is different from what we find in baroque, classical and romantic choral pieces. It has a profound purity which comes, at least partly, from an absence of vibrato. There are eight composers represented, among whom Josquin and Palestrina are the best known. (One of the composers is Giacches de Wert, who, contrary to the Amazon listing, is not the conductor! The conductor is Christopher Jackson, and the ensemble is the Montreal Studio of Ancient Music, if I've translated the French correctly.) A beautiful recording. It was my first CD of "early" music, but it will not be my last!"
The title says it all...
P. Shropshire | McAlester, OK USA | 12/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Truly, the music on this CD must be what heaven sounds like! The "Tulerunt Dominum Meus" is outstanding. The only thing that could be added to this CD is a translation from Latin to English. Even so, not knowing the meaning of the words will not keep one from being transported in ecstasy while listening to this gorgeous music."