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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: 8 minutes 32 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)

Tota pulchra es
composer
author of text
Song of Songs; antiphon for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Little known today, to Othmar Luscinius, writing in 1536, Nicolaes Craen was a model of all that was best about the modern style of composition, particularly in his Tota pulchra es: ‘Now Nicolaes Craen (a man, in truth, of outstanding natural qualities), has seemed to me, in his motet Tota pulchra es, to have very successfully ignored the practices of the old musicians: and we shall be able to learn from this how laudably he has moved beyond even the ancient laws.’ For Luscinius, Craen’s ability lay in his method and skill in ‘composing harmonies’, providing a model to be followed by all aspiring composers of his day.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman © 2001

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