Philippe Rogier: Missa Ego sum qui sum – Music from the Lowlands

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Program: #08-45   Air Date: Oct 27, 2008

The rarely-heard works of the later Flemish composer Philippe Rogier (c.1561-1596), stunningly rediscovered by Philip Cave and his ensemble Magnificat.

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All of the music on this program is performed by the Magnificat ensemble directed by Philip Cave (Linn CD CKD 109)

Philippe Rogier (c.1561-1596) was the last of a number of distinguished musicians of Flemish birth (in Arras) who made a career in Spain, becoming director to the Spanish king in 1584, at the age of just 25. A collection of his motets was published in 1595, and one of Masses shortly after his untimely death the following year, but many of his works were lost in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755. Nevertheless, enough of Rogier's music survives to show him to have been an unusually fine composer with an individual voice, whose musical vocabulary combines the extended polyphonic technique of the Flemish school with the emotional intensity of his adopted country, with a glimpse into the following century in its compelling use of sequential patterns.

ROGIER: Heu mihi Domine ("Woe is me, O Lord")

ROGIER: Laboravi in gemitu meo ("I am wearied with sighing")

ROGIER: Vias tuas ("Your ways, O Lord, make known to me")

NICOLAS GOMBERT (c.1495-1560): Ego sum qui sum ("I am what I am, and my counsel is not for the ungodly")

ROGIER: Missa Ego sum qui sum

ROGIER: Taedet animam meam ("My soul is weary of my life")

ROGIER: Peccavi quid faciam tibi ("Thou I have sinned, what can I do to you")

ROGIER: Dominus regit me ("The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want")

Composer Info

Philippe Rogier (c.1561-1596), NICOLAS GOMBERT (c.1495-1560)

CD Info

Linn CD CKD 109

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