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Track(s) taken from CDA67596

Caesaris auspiciis

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The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Recording details: September 2004
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by David Skinner
Engineered by Justin Lowe
Release date: June 2006
Total duration: 4 minutes 36 seconds
 
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Caesaris auspiciis  [4'36]

Reviews

'A gem of a CD' (Gramophone)

'A superbly balanced and expressive performance by the Brabant Ensemble shows the work to great advantage' (Early Music Review)

'The performances are excellent; supported by the well-captured acoustic of Merton College, Oxford, the singers negotiate the often highly imitative textures with great fluency. Well-shaped phrasing, good balance and generally subtle dynamic inflexions further contribute to the beauty of the sound … these are really very fine performances of rarely heard music' (International Record Review)

'Apart from the group's accomplished vocal work, the strong point of this disc is the profound understanding that is conveyed in the notes by Martin Ham. We can expect more of this repertoire from the group. But don't wait to get this one, for it is neatly organized and beautifully sung' (Fanfare, USA)

'This recording sets an example of how things should be done … a programme that is both intellectually and musically attractive' (Goldberg)

'An unqualified delight' (MusicWeb International)

'Throughout this recording the choir demonstrates the exceeding beauty of Crecquillon’s music. At certain moments it sears the soul so that one can hardly stand to listen to it, like too bright a light makes one want to close [one's] eyes. What could possibly be more fitting for a discussion of death and everlasting life?' (Sacred Music, USA)

'Le chef et musicologue anglais révèle un rare talent de découvreur. Construire un programme autour de Mort m'a privé est une idée merveilleuse' (Diapason, France)
p>The funeral motet Caesaris auspiciis does not give a name, but the record of the unknown general’s military service and the closeness to the Imperial circle that he must have had suggest that it was written for Philippe de Croy, Duke of Arschot and Governor of Hainault, who died in 1549.

from notes by Martin Ham © 2006

Caesaris auspiciis ne mentionne aucun nom, mais les états de service de ce général anonyme et l’étroitesse de ses liens avec le cercle impérial plaident en faveur de Philippe de Croy, duc d’Arschot et gouverneur du Hainault, mort en 1549.

extrait des notes rédigées par Martin Ham © 2006
Français: Hypérion

Caesaris auspiciis führt keinen Namen an. Aber die Auflistung der militärischen Dienste des unbekannten Generals und die Nähe zu den Kreisen um den Kaiser legen die Vermutung nahe, dass das Werk für den 1549 verstorbenen Philippe, Herzog von Croy und Arschot und Gouverneur von Hainault, komponiert wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Martin Ham © 2006
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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