Ensemble Clément Janequin
Dominique Visse (countertenor), Michel Laplénie (tenor), Philippe Cantor (baritone), Antoine Sicot (bass), Claude Debôves (lute)
Playing time: 54'
Recording date: February 1985;
Rel.: 1985 (HMC), 1990 (HMA 40), 2000 (HMA 90)
, , , -,  Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8016 / 20 [CDx5] Musique de la Renaissance Music - L'Europe Musicale au XVe et XVIe siècles
, ,  Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8171 [CD] A History of Music, vol. 9: Chansons, Madrigaux & Songs à la Renaissance (1500-1600) / Songs & Madrigals from the Renaissance - Chansons de la Renaissance / Songs of the Renaissance
Harmonia Mundi HMX 290 8054/56
This CD presents a mish-mash of French Renaissance chansons, covering various composers such as Janequin, Sermisy, Certon Costeley.
We have another excellent example of the Parisian chansons,
based on the principle of the "Fricassée", which
is a kind of musical salad, mixing at the four parts, four differents
words, giving extracts from well-known songs from that era. The
history of this practice is old, as we can find in old medieval
motets, mixing sacred and secular texts together.
Some "hits" are also illustrated here as "Tant que vivray" or "Doulce Mémoire" on which Roland de Lassus based one of his mass. As always Janequin is shown here as the master of that art with a couple of songs, illustrating his versatile manner. Concerning the interpretation, these four singers were the best union possible for this repertoire (Check "Ung jour Robin" to understand what I mean.
For this repertoire see also Le Chant des OyseaulxBruno Cornec
A fine recent program featuring similar material:
And a recording devoted entirely to Pierre Certon:
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