Josquin: Hercules Masses

Josquin: Messes
Hercules, Dux Ferrariae / Chascun me crie... même Hercule
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2013-2


    Messe Hercules, Dux Ferrariae
  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus
  5. Agnus Dei

  6. Messe Chascun me crie... même Hercule!
  7. Kyrie
  8. Gloria
  9. Credo
  10. Sanctus
  11. Agnus Dei

Performers: Noémie Capron, Juliette de Massy, Irène Mayaffre (sopranos), Raphaël Mas (countertenor), Vincent Lièvre-Picard, Marcio Soarès (tenors), Maurice Bourbon (baritone), Enrico Bava, Philippe Roche (basses); Axelle Corteel (mezzo-soprano), Clément Debieuvre (haute-contre), Emmanuel Hasler (baritone)

Playing time: 58'

Recording date: September 2012 (Lozère); released: 2013

The Missa "Chascun me crie... même Hercule!" was written by Maurice Bourbon based on Josquin's Credo "Chascun me crie" and themes from the Hercules mass and elsewhere. Although he states it is in the Franco-Flemish style of the period, I do not think anyone would mistake this music as by Josquin or his contemporaries.

The release of this recording was the first that informed me of three other recordings of Josquin masses by Maurice Bourbon. I do not know why these were never drawn to my attention before. They were not released in the United States, but then, many of the recordings here were not, and I am usually informed. So this is a curious situation. Anyway, this recording states it is the 5th in a planned series of 10. (The 3rd in this series was the other I had known about.) The rest:

Josquin & Venise
Messes Mater patris & Di dadi
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Lumen de Lumine 0601
Josquin & Cambrai
Messe Ad fugam & Credo Quarti toni, Missa Amici de Campos
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Lumen de Lumine 0801
Josquin & Rome 1
Messes de l'Homme armé
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Calliope 9441
Josquin & Rome 2
Messes Gaudeamus & La sol fa re mi
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Ligia Digital 202238

The remaining(?) items in this series:

Josquin: Messes
Pange lingua / de beata Virgine
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2015-1
Josquin: Messes
Fortuna desperata / Une musque de Biscaye
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2018-1
Josquin: Messes
Ave maris stella / D'ung aultre amer
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2020-1
Josquin: Messes
Sine nomine / Faysant regretz
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2021-1
Josquin: Messes
Vol. 10: Josquin et St. Quentin
Malheur me bat / L'ami Baudichon
Métamorphoses / Biscantor - Maurice Bourbon
Ar Ré-Sé 2021-2

Recording date information from Alex Sparreboom is included in those files.

Some older recordings of Métamorphoses, including an older recording of music by Josquin not counted in the current series:

Josquin: Messe "Pange lingua"
Ensemble Métamorphoses de Paris - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 68043
Ockeghem: Requiem / Missa L'homme armé
Ensemble Métamorphoses de Paris / Ensemble Vocal Coeli et Terra - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 68149
Gesualdo: Madrigeaux - Livre V
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 68388
Bertrand: Amours d'Ronsard
Ensemble Metamorphoses de Paris - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 268230 (2 CDs)
Monteverdi: Terzo Libro dei Madrigali
Metamorphosis Ensemble - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 68348
Lotti: Missa pro defunctis
Métamorphoses - Maurice Bourbon
Arion 68515

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Todd M. McComb