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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: 7 minutes 52 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)

Pater noster / Ave Maria
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Luke 11: 2b-4
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Antiphon for the Blessed Virgin Mary

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Certainly the Pater noster / Ave Maria occupied a place very close to Josquin’s heart: this was the motet that, in his will, he asked to be performed posthumously before his house during all general church processions. Its heartfelt rendering of the two most fundamental Christian prayers respectively to God and the Virgin Mary, the prime intercessor, leaves no doubt of the acute awareness of its composer – admired and emulated by so many during his life and far beyond it - that he, like all of us, would end as dust. With the sublime intensity of its setting, and particularly of its unforgettable closing invocations, we are left with an abiding sense of Josquin’s mortality, and perhaps also of our own, ringing in our ears.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman © 2001

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