Forlana Consort at the Corcoran Gallery

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Program: #06-10   Air Date: Feb 27, 2006

A live recording of one of Flanders' premier vocal ensembles exhibiting a wide range of technique in three centuries of music.

NOTE:  All of the music from this concert, made in cooperation with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., features the ensemble Forlana Consort. They provided this brief history: the Forlana Consort arose from the mixed choir “Crescendo” of Zottegem.

Wouter Bossaer, the conductor of “Crescendo”, contacted Chantal and Koenraad and made the first proposals to create a vocal ensemble to work around Close Harmony and Flemish Polyphony. We contacted some more people and in June 2001 we were able to start rehearsals. In the same period Forlana recorded their second CD with music of the Flemish Polyphonists as you will hear during this concert. On November 4, 2004 the ensemble created a concert titled “In contrast” It contrasted contemporary Close Harmony with the Polyphony of old Flanders. You can also hear the Forlana Consort sing the High Masses in the convent of the “Grauwzusters Penitenten” in Velzeke, Zottegem on a regular basis.

Find out more about the background of each individual singer or have a look at the repertory of Forlana at:

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1. Nymphes des bois -- Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521)
on the death of Johannes Ockeghem (1425-1497)

2. Proch dolor (1519) -- Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521)

3. El Grillo (The Cricket) -- Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521)

4. Drink to me only -- Anon.

5. Sing we and chant it  --   Thomas Morley

6. O Mors Inevitabillis -- Hieronymus Vinders (1500-1560) on the death of Josquin Desprez (ca 1440-1521)

7. Continuo lacrimas  -- Jacobus van Vaet (1529-1567)
on the death of Jacobus Clementis non Papa (ca 1510-1556)

8. Als ik u vinde  --  Hubertus Waelrant (1517-1595)

9.  Belle qui tient ma vie  -- Thoinot Arbeau (1520-1595)

10.  Ad te Domine levavi  -- Philippus De Monte (1521-1603)  

11. Super Flumina Babylonis -- Philippus De Monte (1521-1603)

12. Warme garnars -- Flemish Folksong (arr. Wouter Bossaer)

13. Contrapunto bestiale --  Adriano Banchieri (1567-1635)

14. O Salutaris Hostia  --  Pierre de la Rue (1452-1518)

15. O Jesu Christe -- Jacquet de Berchern (1505-1567)

16. Je ne l’ose dire --Pierre Certon (? – 1572) 

17. Tourdion--Pierre Attaingnant (±1530)

Composer Info

Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521), Johannes Ockeghem (1425-1497), Thomas Morley, Hieronymus Vinders (1500-1560), Jacobus van Vaet (1529-1567), Jacobus Clementis non Papa (ca 1510-1556), Hubertus Waelrant (1517-1595), Thoinot Arbeau (1520-1595), Philippus De Monte (1521-1603), Adriano Banchieri (1567-1635), Pierre de la Rue (1452-1518), Jacquet de Berchern (1505-1567), Pierre Certon (? – 1572), Pierre Attaingnant (±1530)

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