|Complete Josquin Edition:|
M. Pange Lingua / M. La Sol Fa Re Mi / L'homme armé Masses (2006)
M. Sine nomine / M. Ad fugam (2008)
M. Malheur me bat / M. Fortuna desesperata (2009)
Josquin Des Prez, Missa De beata virgine / Missa Ave maris stella, Tallis Scholars
(released on November 8, 2011)
Gimell CDGIM 044 | 75'58"
The most recent disc, released last year, includes what in the Renaissane was likely the most known and performed of Josquin's Masses, the Missa De beata vergine (known in almost 70 different manuscript copies), which brings together paraphrases of several chants for feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As he often did, Josquin adds a fifth voice in most of the later movements, augmenting the canonic complexity but in other places stripping down the texture to more austere bicinia. In a couple of often commented on places, he creates the sensation of duple versus triple rhythm, and director Peter Phillips has restored some of the Marian tropes added to the Ordinary in Josquin's original setting, struck from the score in later editions after the Council of Trent, which eliminated all tropes from the liturgy. It is paired with an almost unknown setting of the Credo, preserved in only one source from Cambrai, a piece that may not even be by Josquin except that it is firmly identified as such in the manuscript. The disc concludes with the concise Missa Ave maris stella -- director Peter Phillips goes so far as to label it a Missa brevis -- which by its quotation of another Marian hymn rounds out the program quite nicely.