Magnificat - Rogier: Missae Sex - BBC Music Magazine
01 March 2012BBC Music Magazine
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Philippe Rogier, a Flemish chorister, at the
Spanish court, was appointed maestro di capella by Phillip II. He held
the post for just six years, until he died aged 35 in 1596. Magnificat has
already done him proud with two previous collections of his work on Linn, and
here Philip Cave includes the premiere recording of his Missa Inclita Stirps
Jesse. The CD opens with Jacobus Clemen's motet of the same name, published
in 1549, on which Rogier based his Mass (such 'parody masses' were particularly
popular in Spain). Cabezon's organ work Cancion Francesca Glosada also
refers to material by Clemens.
Although his compositions included here use
some techniques established much earlier, Rogier's feet seemed to set on the
evolutionary road away from florid polyphony.
The Council of Trent would have been pleased:
with just two voices per part, and with clear diction and articulation from the
members of Magnificat, the texts are generally easy to follow. The lower voices
are captured especially well, and the blend between the voices and His Majestys
Sagbutts and Cornetts is gorgeous.
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