Advent Cantus Firmus

Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Stephen Rice & The Brabant Ensemble - Brumel: Missa de beata virgine & Motets (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 63:50 minutes | 1.01 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Brabant Ensemble continues its exploration of hidden gems of the Renaissance with an album of music by Antoine Brumel, famous for his ‘Earthquake’ Mass but otherwise barely known today. Conductor Stephen Rice has assembled an intriguing collection of works including the Missa de beata virgine, a work suffused with plainsong but in which the voices are used almost percussively, making rhythm the driving force of the piece. The Christmas motet Nato canunt omnia is one of the most remarkable musical works of the period.

The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Jan. 22, 2017
The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)

The Sound and the Fury - Paradise Regained: Ockeghem (2006)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | Covers Included | 61:30 | 157 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Orf

If Ockeghem's Missa L'Homme Armé was the earliest such to be composed, then perhaps it is not easy to understand why Dufay, Busnois, Caron and others may have been inspired to create their own mass using the tune as the cantus firmus. Ockeghem's work seems under-ambitious by comparison, almost simplistic - the cantus firmus remains easily recognisable, retaining the original rhythm, not stretched out to unfathomable lengths, nor excessively ornamented and buried under immense counterpoint - it's as though he wanted the tune to come to the fore. In the light of this, it seems odd in a way that the ensemble The Sound and the Fury have chosen to retain the L'Homme Armé lyrics in the tenor part at certain points of this performance, a practice not to my purist taste.
Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)

Robert Harre-Jones, Mark Dobell, Orlando Consort - Antoine Busnois: Missa O Crux lignum, Motets & Chansons (2005)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 62:31 | 300 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: 907333

England's Orlando Consort, a quartet of male singers augmented as needed by other performers, offers performances of Renaissance vocal music that lie midway between the traditional and the highly individualized modern. Sometimes they veer toward one of those two extremes, but often, as on the present disc, they find a happy medium. Their sound, especially in sacred music, owes much to the English cathedral tradition, but there's a well-honed edge to their one-voice-to-a-part interpretations that brings out the crowds who've recently been drawn to early music. This disc is intended as an introduction to a composer who doesn't always offer easy listening to the modern ear. Netherlander Antoine Busnois, active at the end of the fifteenth century and considered the greatest figure between Dufay and Josquin, wrote music that broke free from elaborate medieval numerology but came in advance of Josquin's perfect marriage of music and text.

Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at July 5, 2014
Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)

Martin Baker - Giovanni Palestrina: Missa Tu Es Petrus (2010)
EAC Rip | Flac (Tracks + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 316 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 67785

The celebrated Choir of Westminster Cathedral goes back to its roots with this recording of some of the towering masterpieces of Renaissance polyphony—a genre which the choir has made its own through the ritual of daily liturgical performance. Recent reviews have declared the choir to be at the peak of its powers, and this disc is an important celebration of a great musical tradition.
Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus / Huelgas Ensemble - REPOST

Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus - Sequentia Dies irae / Huelgas Ensemble
EAC FLAC (300 MB) | NO LOG | Embedded CUE | booklet (30 MB) | OGG·160 (70 MB)
Sony Vivarte 46348 (1990) | Renaissance
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Antoine BRUMEL. Missa Et ecce terrae motus / Huelgas Ensemble - REPOST

Who was this Antoine Brumel? He was a difficult person in every respect and a selfwilled and eccentric composer. A difficult personality is not unusual for a musician, yet his idiosyncrasy was recognized even in his own lifetime.
According to the standards of his time, Brumel's music knows no boundaries, is daring and never strictly academic. Whether this concerns imaginative musical structures, the working-out of counterpoint or the writing of repetitive forms - it is always more or less "outrageous".
The most fascinating of Brumel's works is without a doubt his twelve-part mass ET ECCE TERRAE MOTUS.

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by lengen at March 22, 2017
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper
English | Nov. 15, 2013 | ISBN: 0983916470 | 74 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s arrival — the coming of our eternal God in frail, human flesh. This is the greatest wonder of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening the joy of Christmas.
Huelgas Ensemble - Firminus Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages (2016)

Huelgas Ensemble - Firminus Caron - Twilight of the Middle Ages
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 54:33 min | 239 MB
Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2016

“There are two things on which listeners can invariably rely with Paul Van Nevel: whatever he unearths, it is without exception wonderful music; and what he offers with his Huelgas Ensemble is always on the very highest level” (BR Klassik). For more than forty years the Huelgas Ensemble has been one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. Paul Van Nevel’s original and well-researched programmes revolve in particular around the fascinating polyphonic tradition of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Amsterdam Bach Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1989)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Ottavo | # OTR C48503 | Time: 01:12:09

The Amsterdam Bach Soloists comprise an ensemble of ten or so musicians. They play modern instruments but base their musical approach on ''an undogmatic use of authentic interpreting practice, so that the rich potentialities of the modern instruments can be combined with the baroque way of performing, which is in keeping with the accomplishments of Nikolaus Harnoncourt with the Concertgebouw Orchestra''. Most of the players are, in fact, drawn from the Concertgebouw, though there are some from Frans Bruggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Nowadays Bach's didactic but very beautiful The Art of Fugue, is widely regarded as a work for solo harpsichord. Bach himself left no precise indication concerning instrumentation but the music was engraved in open score which places each individual voice or strand of the texture on a separate stave. This practice was not uncommon in contrapuntal keyboard works and is one of several features pointing towards the solo harpsichord as being Bach's most likely intention. Nevertheless, since 1924, when the Swiss musician Wolfgang Graeser set the canons and fugues for various combinations of instruments, the practice of performing The Art of Fugue with a mixed ensemble has remained popular.

A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (repost)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by interes at Feb. 19, 2017
A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (repost)

A Cultural History of Aramaic: From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam (Handbook of Oriental Studies) by Holger Gzella
English | 2015 | ISBN: 9004285091 | 451 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (2017)  Games

Posted by Lebedev30 at Feb. 15, 2017
Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (2017)

Fairy Fencer F Advent Dark Force (2017)
PC Game | Developer: IDEA FACTORY , COMPILE HEART | 6.2 GB
Languages: English, Chinese, Japanese
Genre: Adventure, RPG