The Missa Sine nomine is not based on existing material – hence the title ‘sine nomine’ – and demonstrates extraordinarily masterful use of the canon technique. Josquin is assumed to have written the Missa Sine nomine in honour of the late composer Johannes Ockeghem, along with the chanson Nymphes des bois. In turn, motets by Hieronymus Vinders and Jacquet de Mantua pay tribute to Josquin after the latter’s death. You will see and hear Stile Antico in concert at York Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Great Britain. Gramophone (UK) had the following to say about their award-winning CD recording of music by Josquin: “Cohesion and clarity of purpose … the tone is luminous, textures are admirably clear. It’s hard to fault Stile Antico’s execution … Those final laments make a heartfelt impression indeed.”
J. des Prez: Missa Sine nomine, Nymphes des bois/Requiem, Salve regina à 5 | H. Vinders: O mors inevitabilis | J. de Mantua: Dum vastos Adriae| J. Ockeghem: Alma redemptoris mater
Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby, Rebecca Hickey, soprano | Emma Ashby, Cara Curran, alto | Andrew Griffiths, Jonathan Hanley, Matthew Howard, Benedict Hymas, tenor | James Arthur, Will Dawes, Nathan Harrison, bass
Monday 23 August 2021
Duration: 60 minutes
Presented in association with the National Centre for Early Music, York.