Ducs de Lorraine

La Chapelle des chantres des Ducs de Lorraine
Thérache / Lasson / Motets de Lorraine
Ensemble Cantus Figuratus / La Traditora - Dominique Vellard
K617 056 (Collection Mémoire Musicale de la Lorraine)
K617 148

Contents:

  1. Compère: O vos Omnes (6 voices)

  2. Thérache: Missa O vos Omnes (4 voices)
  3. Kyrie
  4. Gloria
  5. Credo
  6. Sanctus
  7. Agnus Dei
  8. Thérache: Verbum bonum et suave (8 voices)
  9. Anon: Beata es Maria (6 voices, cornet, 2 viols)
  10. Agricola: Da Pacem Domine (2 voices, viol, dulcian)
  11. Obrecht: Si sumpsero (cornet, 2 viols)
  12. Agricola: O quam Glorifica (2 voices, 2 viols)
  13. Josquin: In Pace in idipsum (2 voices, recorder, organ)
  14. Agricola: Si dedero (organ)
  15. Compère: Crux triumphans (8 voices)
  16. Lasson: Congratulamini mihi (4 recorders)
  17. Lasson: Virtute magna (8 voices)
  18. Lasson: Anthoni pater inclyte (8 voices, cornet, 2 viols, dulcian)

Performers: Akira Tachikawa (countertenor soloist), Gerd Türk (tenor soloist), Dominique Vellard (tenor soloist), Jacques Bona (bass soloist), Rosa Dominguez (soprano), Witte-Maria Weber (soprano), Carlos Mena (countertenor), Raphael Boulay (tenor), Georg Senn (tenor), Markus Schikora (tenor), Stephen Grant (bass), Michael Leibundgut (bass), Anne Catherine Bucher (organ), William Dongois (cornet), Randall Cook (viol), Arno Jochem (viol), Christian Billet (recorder, direction of instrumental ensemble), Luc Marchal (recorder), Marianne Saintier (recorder), Benoit Richard (recorder, dulcian)

Playing time: 67'

Recording date: October & November 1995

This recording sets out to chronicle the musical life at the court of the Dukes of Lorraine in the period 1492-1553. Liner notes are very extensive (77 pages).

The two local composers on this recording are Pierquin de Thérache (c.1460-1528) and Mathieu Lasson (c.1500-1553). Thérache was the chapel master and composer to the Dukes René II and Anthoine of Lorraine from 1492 until 1527. Lasson was chapel master and composer to the Dukes Anthoine and François from 1529 until 1552, when the private chapel was disbanded. The remaining motets are taken from a Chansonnier preserved in Lorraine, and apparently used there; the instrumental reductions are taken from the source itself.

Reviewed in:
Fanfare (Vol./#-p.): 19/6- (november/december 1995)

Another program devoted to exploring a lesser known composer from a specific region, along with more famous pieces:

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Engarandus / Brumel
Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Dario Tabbia
Opus 111 30-162 (Tesori del Piemonte)

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Todd M. McComb