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Paradisi porte: Hans Memling’s Angelic Concert (FLAC)

Paradisi porte: Hans Memling's Angelic Concert (FLAC)
Paradisi porte: Hans Memling’s Angelic Concert (FLAC)

Performer: Tiburtina Ensemble, Oltremontano, Barbora Kabátková, Andrew Lawrence-King, Hana Blažikov
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Accent
Release: 2021
Size: 302 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Ave Maria gratia plena (Arr. for Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
02. Dufay: Fuga duorum temporum
03. Dufay: Proles de caelo
04. In excelso throno (Arr. for Voice & Psaltery)
05. Paradisi porte (Arr. A. Lawrence-King for Harp)
06. Alma cohors Domini (Arr. for Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
07. Tollite portas
08. Dunstaple: Christe sanctorum – Tibi Christe
09. Popule meus
10. Danse de cleves (Arr. A. Lawrence-King for Chamber Ensemble)
11. Dufay: Ad cenam agni providi
12 .Obrecht: Den haghel ende (for 4 voices)
13. Ave mundi spes Maria (Arr. for Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
14. Binchois: Virgo rosa
15. Paradisi porte (Arr. for Choir & Chamber Ensemble)
16. Salve Regina (Arr. A. Bregman for Chamber Ensemble)
17. Dunstaple: Magnificat secundi toni

Around 1490, the painter Hans Memling created his “Concert of Angels”. It consists of three paintings for the outside of an altar and shows God the Father surrounded by angels singing and playing instruments. What might the music have sounded like that inspired Memling to this painting? Very precisely, the painter depicted the instruments of his time, grouped into the ‘alta’ and ‘bassa capella’ typical of the period-the loud and the quiet instruments. Together with the Koninklijk Museumvoor Schone Kunstenin Antwerp, where Memling’s paintings hang today, Wim Becu initiated an interdisciplinary project in which the depicted instruments were recreated in detail by specialists in instrument making and research was carried out to find thematically appropriate music. The central theme of the original altar, of which only the Angel Concerto remains, was the Assumption of Mary, and so “Paradisi porte” – ‘the door to paradise – also determines the music of this CD. Gregorian music from liturgical books and polyphonic compositions from the time around 1500 in Bruges are heard, truly heavenly music played by Wim Becu’ s Otremontano Antwerpen together with the singers of the Tiburtina Ensemble.

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