Bought in 2017.
First listen: 5-5-2017.
Second listen: 22-5-2017.
Third listen: 13-6-2017.
Recording dates: February 2007.
Recording venue: Kirche St. Germanus, CH-Seewen SO.
Recording engineer: Mike Müller.
Running time: 61:32.
Relevance to me: Essential.
Paschal de L'Estocart.
Guillaume de Morlaye.
Orlando di Lasso.
Adrian Le Roy.
Eustache du Caurroy.
Psautier Genevois, Benedictus Appenzeller.
Works performed by:
Akira Tachikawa, Countertenor.
Giovanni Cantarini, Tenor.
Daniel Manhart, Tenor.
Raitis Grigalis, Bariton.
Norihisa Sugawara, Luth & Viola da Gamba.
Gregor Ehrsam, Organ.
This CD came as a surprise in the positive sense. Music from the French reformation is always a gamble in regards to the way it is sung, but I needed not to worry, for all things are perfect, more so as I ever could have thought. Everything in a choir depends on the voices, balance, harmony, shading, dynamics, rhetoric, projection and recording. And all in all that is to be found with this ensemble, which is by the way the first time that I heard them. All of the voices have soft and rounded timbres, no sharpness at all. They were totally unknown and unheard by me, which is odd, for they are quite good.. The unusual assembly of singers astounded me a bit. No bass but a baritone, two tenors and a counter. This was actually a good choice, for the bariton with his lightish voice is flowing clear as a bell under the tenors, and what you miss in warmth you get in harmony. Funny enough the combination of voices engender warmth, be it sparse, but rather effective. The set-up works like a charm. Balance and harmony, with dynamics carefully applied. Textual clarity is amazing, and expression follows suit. A carefully planned line up of composers, interspersed with contribution from the instrumentalist which crowns the project in subdued but sonorous tones. There is a resourcefulness of colour, and gesture, which takes you in the realms of mildly contrasting musical spheres. They are fastidious in their attention of details, resulting into a soft edged vocal interpretation with an amazing level of finesse. It had me in raptures more as one time. An impressive release.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
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