Performers: Pascal Bertin (countertenor), Lieven Deroo (bass), Otto Rastbichler (tenor), Eitan Sorek (tenor), Marie-Claude Vallin (superius), Marius van Altena (baritone), Ellen van Ham (superius), Els Van Laethem (superius), Bart Coen (recorders), Peter De Clercq (recorders), Baldrick Deerenberg (recorders), Christine Kyprienides (viol), Gail Ann Schroeder (viol), Piet Strijckers (viol)
Playing time: 63'
Recording date: April 1995; released: 1996
This recording shows why Le Jeune is regarded as one of the most original voices of the era. Le Printans is an extensive setting of texts by Jean-Antoine de Baïf (1532-1589), making use of what Le Jeune terms musique mésurés à l'antique (a system in which syllables would be given rhythmic values corresponding to their phonetic content, making a declamatory style supposed to be evocative of Greek antiquity). This is by far his most extensive cycle in the form.
Other recordings illustrating some of Le Jeune's other songs & French psalms:
Le Jeune also wrote some enigmatic Latin sacred music, in an equally original style. A good selection:
And a mixed program by the present ensemble:
Finally, a classic recording of the complete Printemps cycle:
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