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La Dissection D'Un Homme Arme - Six Masses after a Burgundian Song
Huelgas Ensemble, Van Nevel
La Dissection D'Un Homme Arme - Six Masses after a Burgundian Song
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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There's a 15th-century manuscript in Naples containing an extraordinary cycle of six Masses based on the popular tune "L'homme arme": the first five each use successive lines of the song; only the sixth uses the entire mel...  more »

      
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All Artists: Huelgas Ensemble, Van Nevel
Title: La Dissection D'Un Homme Arme - Six Masses after a Burgundian Song
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 1/18/1991
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644586022

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There's a 15th-century manuscript in Naples containing an extraordinary cycle of six Masses based on the popular tune "L'homme arme": the first five each use successive lines of the song; only the sixth uses the entire melody. Van Nevel hasn't recorded all six Masses here (that would require three CDs), but he does perform one movement from each. The Huelgas Ensemble's accomplished, musical performance has only one problem: according to Van Nevel's liner notes, the manuscript directs that the "L'homme arme" melody be performed instrumentally, with the rest of the parts taken by singers; in this performance he uses every possible combination of voices and instruments, including the reverse of the prescribed one. That important point aside, this disc is both beautiful and fascinating. --Matthew Westphal
 

CD Reviews

Stunning!
Mike | Arlington, VA. USA | 12/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sublime, ghostly, haunting and gorgeous, especially the "Kyrie summe Pater"; but all the pieces are just achingly perfect. If I could have my way, I'd give it TEN stars!!"
Masterfully interpreted and executed!
Ken Cybulska | New York, NY | 01/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sweet, sublime voluptuous pieces. Deliciously and exquisitely executed.

The music and vocal work is so enchanting, it strangely seems to induce a peculiar drug-like/drug-infused ethereal trance or delirium in the listener (but a delicious delirium nonetheless!)

Bravo, Huelgas Ensemble - and bravo, Paul Van Nevel!

Absolutely one of my favorite CD's.

Solid Five Star rating.

Ken Cybulska"