Performers: Agnès Mellon, Dominique Visse, Gérard Lesne, Michel Laplénie, Philippe Cantor, Josep Cabré, Antoine Sicot (voices), Claude Debôves (lute), Ariane Maurette, Marianne Müller, Nanneke Schaap, Anne-Marie Lasla, Sarah Cunningham (viols)
Playing time: 55'
Recording date: May 1985
,  Harmonia mundi HMX 290 8016.20 Musique de la Renaissance Music - L'Europe Musicale au XVe et XVIe siècles
This recording includes some of Le Jeune's earliest chansons, as well as the three fabulous viol fantasias from later in his life. The latter are among the high points (together with those of Du Caurroy) of the relatively small French viol consort literature.
The songs are related to the contemporary French chanson on the surface, but the contrapuntal style is generally more intricate and often more original. Le Jeune's later publication of songs presents many of his compositions using the "musique mesurée a l'antique" ideas toward rhythm. While highly effective, these methods spread very little beyond Le Jeune and the immediate circle of Anthoine de Baïf.
A recording from this time period devoted to a Protestant contemporary:
And a program featuring both of these composers:
Finally an old recording devoted to a Le Jeune fantasia:
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