Design by Austin Boyer
It is important to read Rodin’s notes first, for he makes it clear that these are not the bland performances that are so often heard in early music. It’s good to be prepared for the vigorous singing with close microphones. A “full-blooded vocal technique” reveals the passion and emotion inherent in these songs, which Rodin characterizes individually in a seven-page note. Even Josquin’s lament opens with “piercing cries and lamentations” reflected in the singers’ interpretation.
The two discs are slipped into the covers of a bound book of 80 pages no larger than the usual CD case, typical of this label’s elegant product. The book includes 11 large color manuscript pages as well as photos; notes and textual translations are in four languages.
Ockeghem is [a] towering figure. . . . His Masses and motets were once recorded in a complete edition by Edward Wickham, and now we have this superb realization of the rest of his music. Ockeghem is well served. Don’t pass up this monument of the early Renaissance. It is a highlight of the year.
– Jerome F. Weber