Jehan de Lescurel

The Love Songs of Jehan de Lescurel
Ensemble Céladon - Paulin Bündgen
Ricercar 366

I guess at this point, the choice of an all-Lescurel program shouldn't surprise me: People continue to record them, and I continue to enjoy them. His songs are directly enjoyable, and also grow in esteem with greater familiarity. (Other trouvères still seems neglected, however, relatively speaking.)

This is still a relatively new ensemble, and if anything, their Lescurel interpretation is more compelling than that on their previous troubadour album, although I enjoyed that too. Here, there is more presence to the voices, a more confident articulation. Different "characters" are highlighted with different voices, and the instrumental accompaniment is both subtle & varied.

Although there are other Lescurel albums, and although Ensemble Céladon attempts nothing particularly innovative or novel in its interpretation, they have nonetheless created an outstanding album. The choice of the "complete" program also makes this album very easy to recommend.

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Todd M. McComb