Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mouton, Jean. (c.1459-1522) Anna requiescat in pace. Déploration sur la mort d'Anne de Bretagne-Motets.

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 17-11-2016.
Label: Ligia.
Recording dates: September/October 2002.
Recording venue: Eglise Notre Dame de Sancerre, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 54:15.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works performed:
See heading.

Work performed by:
Ensemble Jacques Moderne, Joel Suhubiette.

It is always a treat to find music by Jean Mouton. He wrote much, but is recorded in tiny quantities. So doubly welcome is this disc, which gives us some very fine Motets, plus some instrumental  compositions. The motets are divided in equal parts for Soprano and viols or Choir and viols. The CD starts with"Quis dabit oculis nostris" in which the engineer Baratin has to find his recording balance, so he fiddles around the buttons for a full 7 minutes, before he has found this balance. Why can they not try before recording I wonder? The choir is too forward, and the voices melt together in a fuzzy warm blob of sound, with no detailing at all. He has it right, from the second track on, and delivers then a lucid well detailed and warm soundstage. So he is able, but thinks it okay to mess around before he gets there.
Just listen to this wonderful soprano in "Maria Virgo prescripte Angeli" she really sounds like a angel, so well is her voice captured. No vibrato anywhere, and a full yet detailed sound from the choir, They sing at times very earthbound. Ideally I would prefer a smaller choir for the motets, especially in the "Magnificat" but apart from that I find this a very successful performance. A very good start into the Ligia recordings I bought a week ago.
Safely recommended.




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