Josquin Graindelavoixed

October 8, 2021

This is a Josquin anniversary year, and there have been several high profile recordings made to mark the occasion. Among them, just this week, is Josquin the Undead, an unconventionally titled disc from the very unconventional ensemble Graindelavoix. This is hot stuff. Sure, it’s a catalogue of laments, drenched it tears, but hot stuff nonetheless. Graindelavoix have an incredibly rich sound, full of feeling, and they bring out the adventurous harmonies of the music brilliantly.

Here they are singing Nimphes, nappes. The video is beautifully done too.

Water nymphs, Nereids, Dryads,
come and mourn my desolation
for I suffer such affliction
that my spirits are more dead than alive.

The groans of death have encircled me:
the sorrows of hell have enclosed me.

6 Responses to “Josquin Graindelavoixed”

  1. Craig Kirby Says:

    Thanks so much for this. The most beautiful song I have heard in quite some time. “Hot stuff” surely.

    Is polyphonic vocal music of the Renaissance the most beautiful music in general? I’m inclined to think so, most of the time.

    I’m a long time reader of your blog, by the way, but not much of a commenter, but do want to thank you for the time and effort you put into it. Much appreciated.

  2. cburrell Says:

    Thank you, Craig, for those encouraging words. It’s great to hear from people who are reading the things I put up here.

    The practitioners of that music didn’t call it ars perfecta for nothing!

  3. Rob G Says:

    Whoa, that’s just amazing — will be ordering that CD for sure!

  4. Rob G Says:

    Got the CD but haven’t had the chance to sit down and listen to it yet. I sent the video to about 15 people but inexplicably received only one response — from a priest who like me was duly astonished.

    • cburrell Says:

      As they say, you can lead a horse to water, but …

      I think the entire disc is terrific. I’ve been relishing it. Like rich fudge, I find it’s possible to overdose if I take too much in one sitting, but in the right quantity it is really compelling music-making.

  5. Rob G Says:

    I’ve been listening to music seriously for over 40 years, and that video is truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen/heard.

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