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The Last Judgement by Rogier van der Weyden (1399-1464)
Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune, France / Photograph © Paul M. R. Maeyaert, Etikhove-Maarkedal, Belgium
Track(s) taken from CDGIM029
Recording details: Unknown
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1994
Total duration: 12 minutes 15 seconds

'As one would expect with a group so experienced in sixteenth-century repertories, both English and Continental, this performance is characterized by great sensitivity to textual inflexion and to the many moments of that exquisite bonding of words and music that was to lead Monteverdi to credit Rore as one of the early masters of the seconda prattica … nevertheless, in the end it is Peter Phillips's ability to control the overall architecture of the music, as well as its detail, that provides the basis for a reading of such conviction; his direction, combined with The Tallis Scholars's strongly-focused singing and well-balanced ensemble, results in a gripping performance of rare beauty, intelligence and power' (Gramophone)

Infelix ego
composer
author of text
after Psalm 50

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Throughout Infelix ego, a six-part motet scored for AATTBB, runs a cantus firmus motif of eight notes, one for each of the syllables of ‘Miserere mei, Deus’, which is quoted in the second alto part. As the music progresses the note-lengths of this cantus firmus are halved until, at the very end, all the voices take it up. By such a simple method Rore was able to lead this enormous work to a point of resolution while underlining the mood of insistence inherent in the ‘Miserere’ plea.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1994

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