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Josquin Desprez: Messes

By Maurice Bourbon

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By Maurice Bourbon and Metamorphoses Biscantor. By Josquin Desprez. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #AR 20151. Published by Naxos (NX.AR-20151).

Item Number: NX.AR-20151

Joasquin Desprez was a Renaissance composer whose works were the most famous of his time outside of Dufay and Palestrina. Desprez's most famous mass is featured on this release, his Missa pang lingua. The work is based on the hymn written by Thomas Aquinas for the Vespers of Corpus Christi. This was more than likely Desprez's last mass. The work's elaborate polyphony makes it a high point of Renaissance music. The included booklet includes detailed program notes, as well as a charming "interview" with the composer. Ensemble Metamorphoses et Biscantor was formed in 1983 by still-director Maurice Bourbon. The group specializes in a cappella repertoire.

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