Festival Concerts | June 6–13, 2021


Premiered Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8pm (EDT)

Jean Richafort: A Requiem for Josquin | Founded in Vienna in 2004, the 5 men of Cinquecento are some of Europe’s most highly regarded Renaissance vocalists. For their return to BEMF, they welcome a 6th singer for a special program celebrating composer Josquin des Prez on the 500th anniversary of his death. The centerpiece of their concert is an exquisite tribute from his student, Jean Richafort, the Requiem in memoriam Josquin des Prez, alongside some of Josquin’s own compositions that Richafort reverently references.

Recorded at Hofburgkapelle: Imperial Chapel, Vienna, Austria

Length: 1 hour

This concert premiered on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 8pm (EDT) and will remain available until the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (EDT).

“Their sound has a magic of its own.”



Premieres on Tuesday, June 8 at 7pm

Liturgy and Homage in Jean Richafort’s Setting of the Requiem Mass
Presented by Suzannah Clark, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, Harvard University

This talk will highlight key features of the Requiem up to Jean Richafort’s time in order draw out the distinctive compositional traits of Richafort’s setting. In particular, we will focus on Richafort’s choice of chant melody and possible meanings behind his references to Josquin’s music.


A Requiem for Josquin

Plainchant: Circumdederunt me
Josquin des Prez:
Nymphes, nappés à 6
Jean Richafort:
Requiem à 6 (Introitus: Requiem aeternam – Kyrie)
Faulte d’argent à 5
Requiem à 6 (Graduale: Si ambulem)
Dies irae, dies illa
Requiem à 6 (Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe)
De profundis
Richafort: Requiem à 6 (Sanctus - Agnus Die)
Libera me
Requiem à 6 (Communio: Lux Aeterna)
Nymphes des bois à 5 (Déploration sur la mort d’Ockeghem)


Terry Wey, countertenor
Achim Schulz, tenor
Tore Tom Denys, tenor
Tim Scott Whiteley, baritone
Ulfried Staber, bassus

 with Bernd Oliver Fröhlich, tenor