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Song of Songs; antiphon for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 
Together with Josquin, one of the finest composers of his day and also, it seems, one of the most prolific, with a vast array of sacred and secular works (in several languages) to his credit. This motet in two parts, setting two passages from the Song of Songs, must rank as one of Isaac’s masterpieces, so perfectly does the music reflect the inward fervour and sensuous rapture of the words.

from notes by Paul Hillier © 1990

Ainsi que Josquin, l’un des meilleurs compositeurs de son époque et semble-t-il l’un des plus prolifiques, avec à son actif un large ensemble d’œuvres sacrées et profanes (en plusieurs langues). La musique reflète si parfaitement la ferveur intérieure et les transports voluptueux des mots que ce motet en deux parties, mettant en musique deux passages du Cantique des Cantiques doit avoir sa place parmi les chefs-d’œuvre d’Isaac.

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Hillier © 1990
Français: Marianne Fernée

Neben Josquin einer der besten Komponisten seiner Zeit und anscheinend auch einer der fruchtbarsten, dem wir eine weite Auswahl an kirchlicher und weltlicher Musik (in verschiedenen Sprachen) verdanken. Diese zweiteilige Motette, eine Vertonung von zwei Passagen aus dem ‘Hohelied Salomos’, muss als eines der Meisterwerke Isaacs gelten, so vollkommen spiegelt die Musik die innerliche Begeisterung und das sinnliche Entzücken der Worte wieder.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Hillier © 1990
Deutsch: Hans Jürgen Wienkamp

Recordings

The Essential Tallis Scholars
CDGIM2012CDs for the price of 1
Isaac: Missa De Apostolis
CDGIM023
Sacred & Secular Music
CDH55148
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 2
GIMBX3024CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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Track 6 on CDGIM023 [8'56]
Track 7 on CDGIM201 CD1 [8'57] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 6 on GIMBX302 CD2 [8'56] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 13 on CDH55148 [7'50]

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