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Hans Memling's Angelic Concert

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Hans Memlings Angelic Concert
Hans Memlings Angelic Concert


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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  2. Gregorian Chant - Prosa: Ave Maria Gracia Plena
  3. Guillaume Dufay - Fuga Duo[rum] Temp[orum]
  4. Guillaume Dufay - Hymnus: Proles De Caelo
  5. Gregorian Chant - Introitus: In Excelso Throno
  6. Gregorian Chant- Basse Danse: Paradisi Porte
  7. Gregorian Chant - Sequentia: Alma Cohors Domini
  8. Gregorian Chant - Graduale: Tollite Portas
  9. John Dunstaple -Motet: Christe Sanctorum Tibi Christe
  10. Gregorian Chant - Improperia: Popule Meus
  11. Gregorian Chant- Basse Danse: Danse De Cleves
  12. Guillaume Dufay- Hymnus: Ad Cenam Agni Providi
  13. Jacob Obrecht -Chanson: Den Haghel Ende Die Calde Snee
  14. Gregorian Chant- Sequens: Ave Mundi Spes Maria
  15. Gilles Binchois -Motet: Virgo Rosa Gilles Binchois
  16. Gregorian Chant - Antiphona: Paradisi Porte
  17. Gregorian Chant - 'Salve' (Salve Regina)
  18. John Dunstaple - Canticum Bmv: Magnificat Secondi Toni
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