This page lists all recordings of J'ay pris amours, by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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Petrucci - Harmonice Musices Odhecaton
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Ciaramella: Music from the Court of Burgundy
Ciaramella captures the virtuosic essence of the likes of Johannes Ciconia, Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Pullois and Alexander Agricola. Never heard of them? Don’t worry - after listening to this recording, you won’t forget them, and will find yourself awake at night, dreaming for more.
Ciaramella recreates improvisations in historical style, bringing the practice of fifteenth-century jazz back to life. You won’t quickly forget the sound of the Renaissance shawm and bagpipes, mastered with uncanny skill by the members of Ciaramella.
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Isaac: Ein Frölich Wesen
Secular & textless Music
Les Flamboyants, Michael Form
Henricus Isaac was one of the most famous and most highly regarded composers of his time; his music was so popular that it was still being printed in 1555, 38 years after his death, by Hieronymus Formschneyder in Nuremberg. Thanks mainly to the efforts of Guido Adler, the young field of musicology at the beginning of the 20th century applied itself to making a case for Isaac. Prompted by Adler, Anton Webern wrote his dissertation at Vienna University on the second part of Isaac's Choralis Constantinus in 1909. It is no great surprise that general interest focused on Isaac's monumental oeuvre of sacred music—no other composer of the Renaissance wrote a greater number of mass cycles. His secular songs could not but appear pale in comparison despite the fact that precisely some of these songs, such as Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen ("Innsbruck, I must part from thee") were held in unparalleled regard. Unfortunately, Isaac's music became increasingly marginalised in the course of the second half of the twentieth century and is currently—and unduly—neglected, as reflected by the lack of a complete edition of his work. Aside from some performing editions and anthologies, his secular works in particular are only available in an edition by Johannes Wolf (Vienna, 1907), which is in dire need of a revision.
“The achievement of Les Flamboyants is, among other things, to have produced musically pleasing, compelling and beautiful wholes which seem as effortless and convincing as they in fact represent tours de forces. There's nothing self-conscious or self-regarding here. However technically complex the writing, the music, voices and instrumental lines flow with a warmth and ease that make listening a delight.” MusicWeb International, April 2013
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6 Centuries of Recorder Music from the Low Countries
This CD celebrates the Brisk Recorder Quartet’s 25th Anniversary. The ensemble continually searches for new musical possibilities and has commissioned many works. One of their most recent commissions is included here; Trapped by Hans Koolmes, composed for the quartet and Marimba. The musicians take great pleasure in combining early and contemporary music into a concert programme.
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Ottaviano dei Petrucci Odhecaton
Published in 1501 by Ottaviano dei Petrucci, this landmark "Offering of Polyphonic Chansons" collected music by Obrecht, Isaac, Josquin and other Burgundian masters
“Fretwork remain the world's leading viol consort...Outstanding.” The Independent
“Fretwork are at their absolute finest in this demanding and exciting repertoire. Outrageously good playing.” The Independent on Sunday
“It is hard to imagine consort playing of greater refinement or subtlety than this.” The Times