La Magdalene: The cult of Mary Magdalene in the early 16th century | Glossa - Platinum GCDP32104

La Magdalene: The cult of Mary Magdalene in the early 16th century

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Label: Glossa - Platinum

Cat No: GCDP32104

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th June 2009

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In early 16th-century Catholic Europe, the figure of Mary Magdalene was the subject of intense veneration and composers of sacred choral music and of chansons were heavily involved in celebrating the saint. However, it appears that the figure of Mary Magdalene then celebrated represented three different women, and following the writing of a controversial treatise by Jacques Lefèvre d'Estaples, the Liège-born musician Nicolas Champion (c.1475-1533) composed a beautiful Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena incorporating a number of different cantus firmi and, apparently, reflecting Lefèvre's thesis.

Although little-known today, Nicolas Champion was a contemporary of composers such as Josquin Desprez, Pierre de la Rue and Alexander Agricola and this recording marks a significant step forward in his modern-day recognition.

Recorded at Saint-Pauluskerk, Antwerp: December 2008.

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