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    Default the greatest motet of all time i testify allelouia surrexit domineus by Mantua

    Woaw so lovely radiant and christic, you can't get ccloser to heaven, when this motet play angels wheeps of joy, purely brilliant.






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    Obviously a matter of taste. I'd pick Bruckner's Os justi meditabitur
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIja0zg0gE

    followed by his Ave Maria
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZNIULrZyKA
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    Lovely. If we're mentioning favorite motets, I'm partial to William Byrd's Ave Verum (especially by Higgenbotham) because of its restraint until the very end, at O Jesu Dulcis. It's almost pre-Mozart in conception. But maybe that's just me.

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    These are my favourites.

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    The Bach Motets for me,profoundly beautiful.




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    Quote Originally Posted by deprofundis View Post
    Woaw so lovely radiant and christic, you can't get ccloser to heaven, when this motet play angels wheeps of joy, purely brilliant.





    I thought Alleluia. Surrexit Dominus, was more complicated than expressive. I'm afraid I've not been bitten by the Jacquet de Mantua bug (like Willaert . . . )
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    Quote Originally Posted by deprofundis View Post
    Woaw so lovely radiant and christic, you can't get ccloser to heaven, when this motet play angels wheeps of joy, purely brilliant.






    Nothing like 16th and 15th century stuff.

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    My favorite motet of all time is Bach's: "Die Geist hilft unsere Schwarheit auf" in English the title is "The Spirit Makes Our Weakness Strong".
    My favorite Renaissance motet is William Byrd's "Sing joyfully" - though I wish it was longer...
    I don't know the Mantua motet that deprofundis recommended in the OP (in fact I don't even know Mantua!). Where can I hear it?
    Last edited by Ras; Oct-07-2017 at 13:43. Reason: spelling

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    Yesterday I listened to a beautiful recording of Motets by Josquin Desprez from Harmonia Mundi conducted by P. Herreweghe. I'm not very experienced in this repertoire (only have the cd by the Orlando Consort from DGG/Archiv which Brilliant Classics re-released), but that Herreweghe recording was nice.
    "I only have a hunch in what I've become expert." - Leonard Cohen

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeefe0001 View Post
    Obviously a matter of taste. I'd pick Bruckner's Os justi meditabitur
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIja0zg0gE

    followed by his Ave Maria
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZNIULrZyKA

    Listening to this, one can understand the benefit of living around and being in huge old Cathedrals with the 300 foot high ceilings, and the influence it would have on music, painting and other art.

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