Philippe Rogier: Polychoral Works / Magnificat
Magnificat, one of the world's leading vocal ensembles, presents this new collection of recently discovered Philippe Rogier works. Featuring three premiere recordings: Domine Dominus noster, Laudate Dominum and Missa Domine in virtue tua, this collection celebrates the 450th anniversary of Rogier's birth.
This celebratory recording by Magnificat showcases the rich, contrapuntal Renaissance style of Philippe Rogier's music and is bursting with lush textures and colours. Joining Magnificat in this performance is the instrumental group His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts with organ and harp, keeping with the Spanish liturgical music tradition of the 16th century. This full ensemble creates a kaleidoscope of sound and complements Rogier's intricate compositional techniques which includes up to twelve chordal parts in some of the movements. This recording truly demonstrates Rogier's position as one of the last great Renaissance composers.
Directed by Philip Cave, Magnificat specialises in the restoration and performance of neglected choral masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries. The choir, which ranges from four to forty voices, is composed of young professional singers, many of whom are former Oxford and Cambridge choral scholars or were trained at the country's leading music conservatories. His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts is a group of virtuoso wind players who specialise in playing Renaissance and Baroque music on original instruments in an effort to create a historically accurate performance. The inclusion of cornetts and sackbuts adds a noble and grandious sound to the performance and were an important tool for composers in creating a colourful timbre in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Catalog Number: CKD348
Label: Linn Records
Composer: Philippe Rogier
Conductor: Philip Cave
Orchestra/Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, Magnificat