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Nesciens mater

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Antiphon during Christmastide

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
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Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2012
Total duration: 4 minutes 54 seconds

Cover artwork: Resting lamb and head of a lamb by Hans Holbein the Younger (c1497-1543)
Kunstmuseum, Basel / AKG-Images, London

Other recordings available for download

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
The Monteverdi Choir, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Voces 8


'The Apollonian art of the Tallis Scholars seems to have found in Mouton's balanced and masterly counterpoint a language which exactly suits them. As in the past with Palestrina—and perhaps even more with Josquin—their singing thrills; and makes thrilling the rediscovery of a master of masters' (Diapason, France)» More

'The Tallis Scholars and their perfect phrasing have caused a forgotten composer from the Renaissance, Jean Mouton, to be born again' (Classica, France)» More
Nesciens mater is renowned for combining one of the most ingenious canonic structures possible with complete musical mastery. The eight voices comprise a canon 8 ex 4, at the upper fifth and a distance of two breves: within this strict constraint, the composer achieves an enviable variety not only of harmony, but also of counterpoint, texture, and speed of harmonic motion, creating a musical structure that fully deserves its reputation as one of the finest masterpieces of the sixteenth century.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2012

Nesciens mater doit sa renommée au fait qu’il marie l’une des plus ingénieuses structures canoniques possibles à une totale maîtrise musicale. Les huit voix comprennent un canon 8 ex 4, à la quinte supérieure et à deux brèves de distance: au sein de cette contrainte stricte, le compositeur atteint à une enviable diversité d’harmonie, mais aussi de contrepoint, de texture et de vitesse de mouvement harmonique, créant une structure musicale qui justifie pleinement la réputation de cette pièce, l’un des plus beaux chefs-d’œuvre du XVIe siècle.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Nesciens mater ist bemerkenswert, da hier eine der raffiniertesten kanonischen Strukturen überhaupt mit absoluter musikalischer Meisterhaftigkeit verbunden ist. Die acht Stimmen umfassen einen Oberquintkanon 8 ex 4 mit einem Einsatzabstand von zwei Breven (vier Stimmen beginnen und werden nach zwei Breven eine Quinte höher von vier weiteren Stimmen imitiert, Anm. d. Ü.): innerhalb dieses engen Rahmens gelingt es dem Komponisten, sowohl den harmonischen Ausdruck als auch Kontrapunkt, Textur und Tempo der harmonischen Bewegung mit einer beneidenswerten Vielfältigkeit zu gestalten. Daraus ergibt sich eine musikalische Struktur, die völlig zu Recht eines der größten Meisterwerke des 16. Jahrhunderts genannt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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