Schola Cantorum of Boston featured Franco-Flemish standouts of the Renaissance at its concert on February 6, given at Church of Saint John the Evangelist on Beacon Hill. In Ockeghem’s Requiem, Medieval roots grow conspicuously and alternately with Renaissance trend-setting ideas. Complexities so often attributed to Ockeghem’s style disappeared. In their place arose one magnificent canvas, instinctive, never academic. For this composer, and much more so for Josquin and the other younger composers on the program, creating sonic canvases meant making music more readily accessible. The Deploration for Ockeghem, also called Nymphes des bois (“Wood Nymphes”), by Josquin, laments the death of his revered predecessor. Whether about death or life, the motets of these Franco-Flemish composers breathed new life into Church of Saint John the Evangelist, proving a fine acoustical match. This is my first—but definitely not last—time hearing Schola Cantorum of Boston. [Click title for full review.] [continued]
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