Contents Gombert: Veni dilecta mea Gombert: Tribulatio cordis mei Gombert: Ave Mater Matris Dei Gombert: Si bona suscepimus Gombert: O beata Maria Gombert: Sancta Maria Mater Dei Gombert: Peccata mea sicut sagittae Gombert: O flos campi Gombert: Sancta et immaculata Gombert: Domine non secundum peccata nostra Gombert: Ave salus mundi Gombert: Salve Regina Gombert: Benedicta es caelorum regina Gombert: O Crux, Splendidior Gombert: O, Domina Mundi Gombert: Descendi in Hortum Meum Gombert: O, Jesu Christe Gombert: Si ignoras te o pulchra Gombert: Emendemus in melius
Nicolas Gombert’s compositions, all vocal, are for ensembles of up to twelve parts. • His contrapuntal language is based on that of Josquin, but increasingly complex. • Imitation is used even more consistently than did Josquin, and Gombert’s vocal textures are often densely packed, with individual lines characterized by an avoidance of rests. • A substantial number of his compositions survive, including ten masses, over 160 motets, 60 secular chansons, and a set of eight Magnificats (one in each mode). • The motets on this recording, for 4–6 voices, offer fine representations of Gombert’s musical style.