Performers: Ensemble Jachet de Mantoue [Thierry Bréhu, Éric Raffard (tenor); Raoul Le Chenadec (countertenor); James Gowings (baritone); Philippe Roche (bass)]
Playing time: 68'35
Recording date: 2001
This is the first recording devoted to Jacques Colebault (1483-1559), better known as Jachet de Mantua. Born in Vitré in 1483, he was one of the most important composers of the generation between Josquin and Palestrina, and his compositions had a considerable impact on the composers of Palestrina's generation. Nonetheless, very little is known about him, in spite of the large number of works by him that have survived. (It does not help that he was often confused in manuscripts with the composer Jachet de Berchem.) It is likely that he was related to the notable French singer Antoine Colebault, dit Bidon, a favorite of Leo X, and that he was influenced heavily by the compositions of Mouton. The Messe "Anchor che col partire" is based on Cipriano de Rore's madrigal of the same name, which rather oddly follows immediately the Magnificat that concludes the disc. All works are by Jaquet unless otherwise noted.
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