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Track(s) taken from CDA67604

Ne reminiscaris, Domine

author of text
from the Order for the Visitation of the Sick

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
Recording details: September 2005
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Summerly
Engineered by Justin Lowe
Release date: April 2007
Total duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds


'A must-have disc from the Brabant Ensemble … first-rate music stirs this young ensemble to their finest disc yet' (Gramophone)

'This well-selected collection places Manchicourt firmly on the musical map. The centrepiece of the recording, the Cuidez vous mass, is an inspired choice. From the clamorous lines of the opening Kyrie with their spicy harmonic clashes, through the superbly portrayed dramas of the Credo, and into the quieter realms of the Sanctus and Agnus Dei, this choir is never less than energised and sure-footed … moving and compelling' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The brilliant Easter exultation of Regina caeli is created by Manchicourt's ingenious combination of intricate canonic writing with exciting syncopated rhythms … the Brabant Ensemble's committed and responsive performances' (The Daily Telegraph)

'I was amazed … there is really excellent music here' (Early Music Review)

'Though only a few recordings of Manchicourt's music have appeared over the past decade or so, this one is a significant addition … for its contrasting interpretive aesthetic' (American Record Guide)

'From the ecstatic opening bars of the Regina caeli, which begins the recital, to the more austere grandeur of Manchicourt’s only setting of the Magnificat, with which it closes, there is not a less than thrilling moment on the whole disc. Non-experts will scarcely be aware of the hyper-refined contrapuntal techniques, daring use of dissonance and cross-relations, interspersed with passages of telling homophony; they will simply be swept along by the sheer aural brilliance of Manchicourt’s polyphony. With only two previous recordings to its name, The Brabant Ensemble has already established itself as perhaps England’s most accomplished interpreter of Renaissance sacred music. Its intelligent phrasing, purity of vocal production and well-judged use of pause and inflexion are simply astonishing. Its vivid presentation of Manchicourt’s shimmering, flamboyant polyphony is as moving as it is intellectually stimulating' (International Record Review)

'The music is typical of the high Renaissance, influenced by Josquin and close to the style of Gombert; the Brabant performances all have a wonderful fluency and rhythmic clarity' (The Guardian)

'The more I hear of Manchicourt's music the more impressed I am … the Brabant Ensemble here sports a confidence and sureness of purpose which is indispensable in music as meaty and ambitious as this' (Goldberg)

'Stephen Rice's superbly talented vocal ensemble features many members of the same family, and there's a great harmony, in all senses, about its work. Here, the Brabant does the 16th-century composer Manchicourt proud' (FirstPost.com)

'Recorded at Merton College, Oxford by eager, fresh young voices, singing full throatedly with a forward impetus, it has made for delightful listening. Recommended strongly' (MusicalPointers.co.uk)
Like Peccantem me quotidie, Ne reminiscaris, Domine is a penitential motet for four voices. Although unlike the former it begins imitatively, once again the use of block chordal writing is at the centre of Manchicourt’s expressive technique. After the imitative ‘neque vindictam sumas de peccatis nostris’ (‘and do not wreak vengeance for our transgressions’), all voices reach a cadence on a unison, before all returning with the highlighted phrase ‘Parce, Domine’ (‘Spare, Lord’). Later in the same phrase the reason why God should spare sinners—‘quem redemisti pretioso sanguine tuo’ (‘whom you redeemed with your most precious blood’)—is similarly emphasized with homophony.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2007

À l’instar de Peccantem me quotidie, avec lequel il partage une écriture en blocs d’accords qui est au cœur de la technique expressive de Manchicourt, Ne reminiscaris, Domine est un motet pénitentiel à quatre voix, mais doté d’une ouverture en imitation. Passé l’imitatif «neque vindictam sumas de peccatis nostris» («et n’assouvis pas ta vengeance contre nos péchés»), toutes les voix atteignent une cadence sur un unisson, pour ensuite toutes revenir avec la phrase rehaussée «Parce, Domine» («Épargne, Seigneur»). Plus loin, mais toujours dans cette phrase, la raison pour laquelle Dieu doit épargner les pécheurs—«quem redemisti pretioso sanguine tuo» («que tu rédimas par ton sang précieux»)—est, elle aussi, soulignée par l’homophonie.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2007
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Wie Peccantem me quotidie, ist auch Ne reminiscaris, Domine eine vierstimmige Bußmotette. Obwohl sie anders als die Erstere mit Imitation beginnt, ist der Gebrauch akkordischer Schreibweise auch hier zentral für Manchicourts ausdrucksreiche Technik. Nach dem imitativen „neque vindictam sumas de peccatis nostris“ („und suche keine Rache für unsere Sünden“) schließen alle Stimmen mit einer Kadenz im Einklang bevor sie gemeinsam mit der hervorgehobenen Phrase „Parce, Domine“ („Verschone, Herr“) zurückkehren. Später in der gleichen Phrase wird „quem redemisti pretioso sanguine tuo“ („die du mit deinem kostbaren Blut erlöst hast“)—der Grund, warum Gott die Sünder verschonen soll—ähnlich durch Homophonie hervorgehoben.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

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