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Singing Angels by Jan van Eyck (c1389-1441)
[from the left wing of the altarpiece at St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent] / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67183
Recording details: January 2000
St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 12 minutes 57 seconds

'This fascinating and compelling CD gives us a rare chance to explore genuine compositions by Josquin alongside several of disputed authorship' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Superb' (Early Music)

Planxit autem David
composer
? circa 1500; 4vv
author of text
2 Samuel 1: 17-27, adapted

Other recordings available for download
Westminster Cathedral Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Very little is known about the motet cycle Planxit autem David. With a few minor modifications, the words are Biblical—David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan—and they have no obvious connection with the liturgy. Given the highly charged nature both of the text and Josquin’s sombre music, some sort of political allegory seems highly likely, but the work has not yet been linked with any specific event or person. Unlike the various motets in the Vultum tuum deprecabuntur cycle, which are musically independent from one another and were meant to be sung at different points in the Mass, the four movements of Planxit autem David are thematically related and must be performed one after another. Not only is the text a single continuous narrative; Josquin binds together the cycle by quoting the Gregorian reciting-tone for the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the first, third and fourth motets, each time at the words ‘How are the mighty fallen’.

from notes by John Milsom © 1992


Other albums featuring this work
'Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works' (CDH55374)
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works
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