Josquin the Undead


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Björn Schmelzer Conductor

Josquin, the Undead
Laments, Deplorations and Dances of Death from the 1545 Antwerp Susato print

Nicolas Gombert
Musae Jovis

Josquin des Prez
Baisiez moy
Parfons regretz
Cueur langoreulx
Faulte d’argent
Petite camusette
Douleur me bat
N’esse pas un grant desplaisir

Jean Le Brun
Si vous n’avez autre desir

Josquin des Prez
Nymphes des bois

Hieronymus Vinders
O mors inevitabilis

Josquin des Prez
Se congie prens
Plusieurs regretz
Je me complains
Pour souhaitter
Nimphes nappés
Regretz sans fin


Based in Antwerp, the Belgian collective Graindelavoix has achieved the status of one of the most inspired and fascinating vocal groups of the last two decades. Bringing together performers from different musical traditions, Graindelavoix has built an unrivalled reputation as a result of its inventive interpretations of early music, reviving them and giving them a new lease of life. In this return to the Gulbenkian, the programme is based around the work of the 16th-century composer Josquin des Prez, whose final creations insistently explored the ideas of death, decadence, regret and melancholy but which are brought to life through the voices of Graindelavoix.

Hearing Guide

  • By Björn Schmelzer

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