Performers: Cécile Le Bihan, Isabelle Sauvageot, Christine Fratissier, Catherine Joussellin, Cécile Bodereau, Sophie Toussaint, Thierry Grégoire, Hugues Primard, Ludovic De Charette, Jean-Paul Juchem, Antoine Guerber, Renaud Delaigue, Cyrille Gautreau, Pascal Gourgand
Playing time: 54'
Recording date: June 1993
François Regnard (d.c.1590) lived in the area of Douai, Tournai & Lille. The present motets are taken from a collection compiled for publication by his brother Augustin; four family members are represented in the collection, although nearly two thirds is devoted to François.
These motets use the alternatim style of contrasting polyphony with chant, as well as the now-typical madrigal-inspired illustrations of some parts of the text. However, Regnard is still rather far removed from strict humanism, as he feels free to have the same singer sing contradictory lyrics if it suits the music.
A recording devoted to François' better-known brother Jacob, active in Austria & Bohemia:
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