Agricola, A: Fortuna desperata

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Cecus: Alexander Agricola and his contemporaries

Cecus: Alexander Agricola and his contemporaries

Recorded in Duisburg (Belgium) in February 2010


Agricola, A:

Cecus non iudicat de coloribus

I

Fortuna desperata

Si dedero

L’eure est venue

Je n’ay dueil

Cecus non iudicat de coloribus

II

Anchieta:

Musica quid defles

anon.:

Romance de la muerte

Champion, N:

De profundis clamavit

Despres:

La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Rue, P:

Plorer, gemir - Requiem

Delicta juventutis

Absalon fili mi

Doleo super te


Graindelavoix, Björn Schmelzer

To complete a triptych of recordings presenting an alternative view of performance practice from across a century of Franco-Flemish polyphony, Björn Schmelzer and Graindelavoix now turn their attention to music by Alexander Agricola and his contemporaries in Cecus.

Following on from their two earlier albums, Joye and La Magdalene, Cecus concerns itself with music associated with blind players (notably two fiddlers from Bruges) and memory and commemoration (laments on the deaths of Agricola and Johannes Ockeghem) coming from the chapel of Philippe le Beau and Juana of Castile.

Alexander Agricola’s own musical world – and especially Cecus non judicat de coloribus [The Blind Do Not Distinguish Colours] – crosses the border between theory and practice, between flamboyant experience and rational construction and constantly evokes blindness in relation to memory and written or improvised music, but also in connection with those songs of mourning.

Graindelavoix’s new CD for Glossa promises polyphony in sharply-articulated, richly-coloured performances, provided with athletic vocal gestures by Schmelzer and his Antwerp-based ensemble of musicians from Spain, Estonia, the UK, France and Belgium.

“[The Agricola is] the first recording of a piece that looks slight on the page but is moving enough in performance...it's good of Graindelavoix to tackle some fo the famous pieces of the time (Nymphes des bois and Absalon fili mi, whoever wrote it) along with some obscure ones.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

Glossa Platinum - GCDP32105

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Agricola: Chansons

Agricola: Chansons


Agricola, A:

Virgo sub etherae

De tous biens playne

Je n’ay dueil

Tandernaken

Revenez tous regretz - Quis det ut veniat

De tous biens playne

Pater meus agricola est

En attendant

Dictes moi toutes

Jam fulsit sol de sidere

Cecus non iudicat de coloribus

Gardez voz bien

De tous biens playne

Helas Madame Que Feraige

A la mignonne de fortune

Fortuna desperata

In mijnen sin


Ensemble Ferrara, Crawford Young

Deutsche HM - 88697568772

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Ciaramella: Music from the Court of Burgundy

Ciaramella: Music from the Court of Burgundy


Agricola, A:

Comme femme

Fortuna desperata

anon.:

Cancon de' pifari dicto El ferrarese I

Je suis d'Alemagne

A cheval, tout homme à cheval

Roti boully joyeulx

Cancon de' pifari dicto El ferrarese II

La Spagna

improvisation

De nachtigaal die zank een lied - La franchoise nouvelle

Romanesca

Binchois:

Comme femme desconfortée

Ciconia:

Una Panthera

Doctorum principem

O Rosa bella

Despres:

La Spagna a 5

Dufay:

Urbs beata

Ghiselin:

J'ay pris amours

Grimace:

Alarme, Alarme

Isaac:

J'ay pris amours

Pullois:

Gloria

Pykini:

Plaisance, or tost


Ciaramella

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.

Yarlung Records - YAR05785

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Colours in the Dark

Colours in the Dark

Instrumental music of Alexander Agricola


Agricola, A:

In mijnen sin

De tous biens playne

Tandernaken

Si congié prens

D…

Je ne puis plus

Cecus non iudicat de coloribus

Fors Seulement

Duo

Pater meus agricola est

Tout a par moy

Helas Madame Que Feraige

Le serviteur

Fortuna desperata

Fitch, F:

Agricola VIII(a)

Agricola VIII(b)

Agricola IX


Ensemble Leones, Marc Lewon

Agricola was already considered one of the 'old masters' soon after his death in 1506. His works were approached with veneration and, already in the early 16th century, regarded as examples of good and demanding counterpoint. As a member of the first generation of genuinely instrumental composers, he wrote not only the masses, motets and chansons that were customary during this period, but also a large number of works without text that were obviously created for instruments by virtue of their construction. As a result, his musical rhetoric went considerably farther than his otherwise congenial colleagues Josquin Desprez and Heinrich Isaac, and he composed instru¬mental works that were far ahead of his time.

It has been most fortunate to gain the cooperation of the English Agricola expert Fabrice Fitch as a partner for Ens Leones. Alongside his musicological activities, Fitch has also made quite a name for himself as a composer working with themes and motifs of Alexander Agricola in his 'Agricologies'. For the present programme, Fitch has composed two more 'Agricologies' specially for Ens Leones, tailor-made to suit the ensemble combination. With this, Agricola's compositional arm extends into our own time.

"I would like to dedicate this recording to my teacher and friend Crawford Young, whose enthusiasm for Agricola’s works inspired my own studies of this composer. I want to thank him for communicating his knowledge and for participating in the present recording." Marc Lewon

“Ensemble Leones' imaginative instrumental combinations and Fitch's fascinating, 'playful' reworkings of reworked works make an effective case...Listening to this attractive, evocative recording and gradually taking on board its many facets are fresh musical experiences well worth having.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2013

“This music rejoices in a sense of freedom, while two substantial original works prove equally arresting. They are all played here with palpable joy.” Sunday Times, 7th April 2013

Christophorus - CHR77368

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Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata

Alexander Agricola - Fortuna Desperata

Secular music of the 15th century


Agricola, A:

A la mignonne de fortune

Adieu m'amour

(2 versions)

Allez, regretz

Guarde vostre visage

(3 versions)

S'il vous plaist

Et qui la dira

De tous biens playne

(3 versions)

Soit loing ou pres

Ay je rien fet

Sonnes muses melodieusement

J'ay beau huer

Cecus non iudicat de coloribus

Fortuna desperata


Unicorn Ensemble, Michael Posch

“Agricola was praised by his contemporaries for the bizarre turn of his inspiration, and his music likened to quicksilver. By the standards of the period this is a highly unusual turn of phrase, but remains spot-on. The Ferrara Ensemble anthology, the first ever devoted to the composer, focused on the secular music, both instrumental and vocal, precisely the area covered by Michael Posch and Ensemble Unicorn in this most satisfying disc. Where there's duplication (surprisingly little, in fact) the performances compare with those of the Ferrara Ensemble, although the style of singing is very different. The voices are more up front and less inflected, perhaps the better to match the high instruments with which they're sometimes doubled.
But the tensile quality of Agricola's lines comes through none the less, as does the miraculous inventiveness and charm of his music.
Further, much of what's new to the catalogue really is indispensible, for example Agricola's most famous song, Allez, regretz. Unicorn keeps its improvisations and excursions to a minimum, and the music is the better for it. This disc would be indispensable at full price, let alone super-budget. It really is a must-have.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Naxos Early Music Collection - 8553840

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