Friday, December 16, 2016

Clemens Deus Artifex. Music at the Court of Pope Clement. (1342-1352)

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 16-12-2016.
Label: Ligia.
Recording dates": April 2011.
Recording venue: Abbaye Saint-Robert de La Chaise-Dieu, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 51:02.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
A polyphonic office Hymn performed in the presence of Clement VI (Avignon-14th Century) 
A Proper of Assumption day.

Works performed by:
La Main Harmonique, Frédéric Bétous.

I am quickly becoming a admirer of this ensemble with only male voices. Not only are both countertenors a marvel, but tenor and bass are of a high standard too. Andrés Rojas and Frédéric Bétous are counters that have the right height and do not need to overstretch their voices, it flows easily out of their throats. And that is not always a given thing to most counters. so no worries on that score at all. They all blend marvelously together, and their diction of old latin is amazing, so perfectly demonstrated by the Introït-Gaudeamus, with has a nice Byzantine hum in the background, very impressively sung. And from there on it's all as it should be. Singing of a high calibre, high notes met with ease, perfectly balanced, and dynamics well judged. The recording seamlessly integrates the acoustic with the voices. A big plus. Be aware that in Sequence: Area Virga, the volume goes considerably up, so if you are slowly nudged into a relax mode, this one will shake you out of it within milliseconds.😄




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