OCKEGHEM, JOHANNES / BENT SORENSEN Requiem. Ars Nova Copenhagen / Paul Hillier. DaCapo SACD

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JOHANNES OCKEGHEM (c. 1410-97) / BENT SØRENSEN (b. 1958)

Requiem

Ars Nova Copenhagen

Paul Hillier

The 500 years that separate Renaissance master Johannes Ockeghem and Danish composer Bent Sørensen seem to disappear in this extraordinary Requiem which is a totality integrated both dramatically and musically; a work that unites the stylistic contrasts in a mode of expression that seems at once timeless and entirely present.

The project has been initiated by conductor Paul Hillier and interpreted by his GRAMMY-winning ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen.

DaCapo SACD 6220571

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Early music augmented

By Jim D.

Mixing music from the earliest polyphonic Requiem setting with contemporary compositions, this is not the kind of thing I would have expected to like (but I did!). Bent Sorensen was commissioned by conductor Paul Hillier to assemble some music he had already written, and to compose more, to fill out the missing bits of Ockeghem's "Missa pro defunctis" into a complete concert piece. (In his earlier recording, appropriate plainchants were used for the missing movements.) The new music is not a pastiche of the old; it is clearly in its own style--though both draw at times from the even older chant. Sorensen's additions sound to me relatively austere at first, but become more dissonant as the work goes on. Director and chorus are equally at home in early music and modern, and are presented in state-of-the-art sound. Texts, translations, notes on the composer and the project.

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