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Magnificat - Philippe Rogier - The Guardian


02 March 2011
The Guardian
Andrew Clements

Philippe Rogier was only 35 when he died in 1596, in Madrid, where he was maestro de capilla at the Hapsburg court of Philip II. He composed prolifically, but from more than 250 works, only about a quarter survive; the rest were lost in fires at the royal palace in Madrid or during the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. The works on what is Magnificat's second disc of Rogier's music for Linn show how the composer's style, Flemish originally, absorbed ideas from other European choral traditions - including the antiphonal effects of Venetians such as Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli. The grander of the two masses, the 12-part Missa Domine Dominus Noster, is accompanied on this recording by brass, organ, harp and lute and preceded by a recently discovered motet, also in 12 parts, on the Domine Dominus Noster text, while the parody mass Domine in Virtute Tua is prefaced with the Palestrina motet on which it's based.
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