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For the Francophones among you, here is a five tuning fork review of our new Obrecht recording in Diapason magazine.

Programme Ricercar shared his post to the group: Programme Ricercar (CESR, Tours, France).

Les critiques du mois - Diapason - février 2018
Jacob Obrecht. Missa Grecorum. Motets. The Brabant Ensemble. Stephen Rice

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Les critiques du mois - Diapason - février 2018
Jacob Obrecht. Missa Grecorum. Motets. The Brabant Ensemble. Stephen Rice

We've just recorded lots of Antoine de Févin - Missae Ave Maria and Salve sancta parens plus lovely 4- and 6-part motets. His music is beautifully melodic and a joy to sing. The recording will appear on Hyperion Records towards the end of this year.

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Our director Stephen Rice will be interviewed about our new Obrecht disc by Katie Derham on @BBCInTune tomorrow, Wed 3 Jan, c. 5.15pm.

Our new Obrecht CD is released today: https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68216

Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble uncover more Renaissance treasures: Jacob Obrecht’s name may now be less familiar than those of some of his Flemish contemporaries, yet in his lifetime he was considered second only to Josquin.
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Jachet de Mantoue (compositeur Bréton) et ses contemporains

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BRABANT GOES CONTEMPORARY
In November last year we took part in the world première of Toby Young's new work for vocal ensembles and recorded speech, Under the Surface. Here is Toby's blog about the piece, which was funded by the Life of Breath project.:
https://lifeofbreath.org/2017/01/under-the-surface/
The Life of Breath research project is supported by the Wellcome Trust and is a collaboration between the universities of Bristol and Durham.

Composer and academic Toby Young writes: ‘Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living and art helps’ (John Cage) Music and breath are inseparable. From a singer…
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Statue of St Cecilia in All Saints', East Finchley where we are completing our Obrecht recording today.

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We're making another recording from today: Jacob Obrecht, Missa Grecorum, plus motets. Most of the repertoire will be new to disc. The CD (and download) should be available on Hyperion Records towards the end of this year.

The very nice review of our Pierre de la Rue disc from this morning's Record Review is available at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bdjh6, from 1 hour 3 minutes until the end. Thank you to Kate Bolton-Porciatti and Andrew McGregor - we especially liked the simile about the Flemish tapestry!
In case you'd like to hear more (and possibly even purchase the disc), it's available from the Hyperion Records website: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68150, with sound clips of all tracks.

Kate Bolton-Porciatti discusses some new early and baroque music releases
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Our new CD is out! And don't forget our Wigmore Hall concert on Monday 12 Sep!

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Hyperion Records is with Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble.

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Pierre de la Rue is another of those composers who contributed so prolifically to the richness of musical life in the ...Low Countries during the late fifteenth century. If today he is less well known than some of his contemporaries, the distinguished advocacy of Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble should do much to redress the balance.

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Here's an excerpt with images from our concert in Munich this March, courtesy of Bayerische Rundfunk.

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We're delighted that our most recent CD has been shortlisted for a Gramophone award in the Early Music category. We'll be performing most of this programme in our Wigmore Hall concert on 12 September. Tickets at https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/…/of-mantua-de-lassus-and-de-ro…, and there's a special offer of £5 tickets for under-35s.

The critically acclaimed Brabant Ensemble specialises in the performance of European sacred music of the mid-1500s, a period often overlooked yet rich in powerful masterworks. This programme juxtaposes the music of Cipiano de Rore and Jacquet Colebault with motets by their illustrious younger contem...
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Our next CD, of Pierre de la Rue, will be released on 2 September, but is available for pre-order on iTunes from now. https://itunes.apple.com/…/la-rue-missa-nuncq…/id1113952147….

Preview, buy and download songs from the album La Rue: Missa Nuncqua fue pena mayor & Missa Inviolata, including ”Missa Nuncqua fue pena mayor”, ”Salve regina VI”, ”Missa Inviolata” and many more. Buy the album for £8.99. Songs start at £0.99.
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We're delighted to announce that we will be performing at the Wigmore Hall, London on Monday 12 September 2016. Tickets are on sale now to Friends of the Wigmore Hall, and will become generally available on Tuesday 31 May.
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/…/of-mantua-de-lassus-and-de-ro….

The critically acclaimed Brabant Ensemble specialises in the performance of European sacred music of the mid-1500s, a period often overlooked yet rich in powerful masterworks. This programme juxtaposes the music of Cipiano de Rore and Jacquet Colebault with motets by their illustrious younger contem…
wigmore-hall.org.uk

We're performing in Munich this Friday (18th): 8pm in the Allerheiligenkirche in the Residenz. Lots of Rore, also Lassus, Fevin, Senfl, and Josquin as you probably haven't heard him before. Thank you to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for inviting us to their wonderful conference: https://www.chorbuch2016.de/en/welcome/.
The concert is being taken by Bayerischer Rundfunk for later broadcast - we'll announce the date when we know.

We're about to spend three days recording Pierre de la Rue - 2 previously unrecorded Masses, a Magnificat, and motets. Out next August on Hyperion.