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    I want to pick up a few Renaissance recordings. I know nothing about this time period. Any hints on some basic Cd's I might try.

    Thanks Tony

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    Just a couple of suggestions; personally I prefer a rather modern sound and playing style, rather than say, counter-tenors and "too authentic"-sounding-instruments:
    - Thomas Tallis: O Nata Lux - a wonderful short introduction to Renaissance choral music,
    I know the Willcocks/Kings College Choir as especially good in Tallis-albums. The other choral works,
    such as the Lamentations of Jeremiah and Spem in Alium-motet, requires more listening, but they are
    rewarding.
    - John Dowland: Lute music & Songs, called "Ayres". Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley has made
    some nice recordings, for example. As regards the lute works, I prefer the melodic strength of
    Paul O´Dette.
    - Jordi Savall, the soprano Montserrat Figueiras, and Ensemble Hesperion are always good in this
    repertoire. For example, there is a fine and varied album of music at the court of King Carlos V.
    - Monteverdi. Now we´re approaching Baroque, but anyway:"The Maria-Vespers", for instance the
    Corboz recording;"L´Orfeo"-opera, for instance the Corboz or the Jürgens recording;"Il Combat-
    timento di Tancredi e Clorinda", a dramatic and varied scene with catchy content; "Lamento della
    Ninfa", of heartbreaking beauty, especially the recording by Gini, Cadelo and the Concerto Ensemble.
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    There were some good suggestions made recently in this thread

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    Checked a few you-tubes as regards the works;
    the Lamento della Ninfa with Figueiras:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CAjIVAO5f0&

    Likewise this Tallis recording:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTLujgnkya0.

    Dowland with O´Dette:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXFOA3jPbYg&

    The way of music-making is extremely important in this repertoire.

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    I really love this motet by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNm9tNZePew

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    Here's some stuff that I like:

    Tallis's Spem in Alium by the Taverner Consort. Their double disc 'Latin Church Music' is probably the best value introduction to him IMO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cn7ZW8ts3Y

    Josquin by the Hilliard Ensemble:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVG8jxKuqAw

    Jacob Obrecht by Pro Cantione Antiqua. I'd recommend the discs by The Clerks' Group and The Oxford Camerata:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pio_u7X2juc

    Pierre de la Rue performed by the Ensemble Clement Janequin:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIyKW83oA2c

    Antoine Brumel's 'Earthquake Mass' by the most celebrated Renaissance choral group The Tallis Scholars:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue9HxppC_Gg

    These vids from the BBCs Sacred Music series might be a useful introduction. The first one's on Palestrina (with a bit about Josquin and Lassus):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo-YHl5269w

    The second one's on Tallis and Byrd:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB_UQze6ISY

    I hope that'll be helpful.

    btw Seraglio, that's a lovely Josquin recording by the Huelgas Ensemble you linked to. I'll have to look out for that.

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    If you are interested in some earlier Medieval music, Machaut's Notre Dame Mass is an excellent work.

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    Thanks all, made a list up. Hopefully I'"ll pick up a few CD's this week.

    Tony

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    If you like an active bass, check out Johannes Ockeghem.

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