Ockeghem And Obrecht

Donald Macleod begins a week-long musical journey across Europe in the company of two greats from the Renaissance world.



Donald Macleod begins a week-long musical journey across Europe in the company of two greats from the Renaissance world.

The first staging post is Antwerp, and the magnificent Cathedral of Our Lady where the orbits of Ockeghem and Obrecht are about to intersect.

Ockeghem: Prenez sur moi


Obrecht: Den haghel ende die calde snee; Als al de weerelt in vruechden left

Concerto Palatino

Erik van Nevel (director)

Ockeghem: Missa Ma Maitresse

The Clerks' Group

Edward Wickham (conductor)

Obrecht: Laudemus nunc Dominum

Ockeghem: Missa Prolationum - Agnus Dei

Obrecht: Missa Malheur me bat - Agnus Dei

Ockeghem: D'un autre amer

Obrecht: Salve Regina à4

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (director).


The focus is on devout churchman and intellectual Johannes Ockeghem - as he lands a court appointment with a king whose consort is said to have an annual wardrobe budget rivalling the full cost of her sizeable chapel choir.

Ockeghem: Ma bouche rit

Katelijne van Laethem (soprano)


Ockeghem: Intemerata Dei Mater

The Clerks' Group

Edward Wickham (conductor)

Ockeghem: Deo Gratias

Huelgas Ensemble

Paul van Nevel (director)

Ockeghem: Mort tu as Navré

Ockeghem: Missa Cuiusvis Toni (Phrygian version)


Donald Macleod shifts his attention to Jacob Obrecht whose 500th anniversary is celebrated this year.

Cambrai Cathedral is the destination as Obrecht carves out a career as Master of the Choristers, and we also hear of a flying visit from Johannes Ockeghem thanks to a rather hefty wine bill.

Obrecht: Benedicamus in laude

The Clerk's Group

Edward Wickham (conductor)

Obrecht: Salve Regina à6

The Tallis Scholars

Obrecht: Missa Malheur me Bat Gloria, Credo

Ockeghem: Malheur me bat (intabulated Henestrosa)

Ockeghem: Aultre Venus

Romanesque (incl Katelijne van Laethem (soprano)

Ockeghem: Missa Caput Sanctus/Benedictus, Agnus Dei

The Clerk's Group, Edward Wickham (conductor).


Donald Macleod follows Johannes Ockeghem as he undertakes one of his more unusual duties: providing diplomatic support at the royal wedding of an eight-year-old Spanish princess.

Ockeghem: Ques mi vida

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Jordi Savall (director)

Montserrat Figueras (soprano)

Ockeghem: Petite Camusette


Katelijne van Laethem (soprano)

Eitan Sorek (tenor)

attrib Ockeghem: Gaude Maria

The Clerks' Group

Edward Wickham (conductor)

Obrecht: Fors Seulement

Concentus Musicus

Ockeghem: Fors Seulement

Ockeghem: Requiem (Introit, Gradual and Offertorium)

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Donald Macleod ends his look at the intersecting lives of two master-musicians from the Renaissance with the final years of Jacob Obrecht, when he at last achieved the Italian court job he had coveted all his life, only to lose it almost as soon as he had landed it.

Plus a chance to hear music from the work Obrecht described as the sphinx among his mass settings and a final farewell to Johannes Ockeghem.

Obrecht: T'Andernaken

Weser-Renaissance Bremen

Manfred Cordes (conductor)

Obrecht: Missa Maria Zart - Gloria

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips (conductor)

Plainchant: Venit ad Petrum

Ockeghem: Missa Caput Credo

The Clerks' Group

Edward Wickham (conductor)

Obrecht: Missa Caput Credo

Oxford Camerata

Jeremy Summerly (conductor)

Obrecht: Laudes Christo

Obrecht: Parce Domine (1st half)

Johan Laleman (organ)

Ockeghem: Departez Vous

The Medieval Ensemble of London.