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Les Plaisirs Du Palais / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin


Release Date: 11/13/2007 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 5908224   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jacobus Clemens non PapaClaude de SermisyNicolas GombertTylman Susato,   ... 
Performer:  Eric Bellocq
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



LES PLAISIRS DU PALAIS Dominique Visse, cond; Ens Clément Janequin HARMONIA MUNDI 5908224 (2 CDs: 119:50 Text and Translation)


Music by Clemens non papa, sermisy, gombert, susato, certon, baston, heurteur, hesdin, anon, appenzeller, dambert, barbion, millantier, roy, decapella


This is a bound book, no larger than a standard CD jewel box, a deluxe format we have seen from several labels recently, but it contains two Read more reissued discs. The package repeats the title of 901729 (not reviewed here), while the other disc is “Une fête chez Rabelais,” 901453 (18:4). The latter, placed first, continued a pattern established by this ensemble of concentrating on 16th-century secular song. The focus of the program is Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais (c. 1494–1553), whose writings were humanistic but satirical and licentious. He knew music, listing composers and song titles at length. These songs illustrate such aspects of his writings as excesses of food and drink, scatological humor, and irreverence. He was certainly no different from many others of his time. The performances are raucous where appropriate but always stylish. The texts are reproduced from the original booklet, which offered as much translation as decency would allow. My original recommendation was to sit back and enjoy the music if the texts were offensive, but the format of the present book encourages more attention to the content.


The other disc was subtitled “Drinking Songs of the Renaissance,” here modified to “Drinking (and eating) songs at the table of Gargantua” to link it to the other disc. The content of the songs, while parallel to the other program, is milder, and nothing is untranslatable here. It seems odd to include toward the end a lament for Josquin des Prez by Benedictus Appenzeller, modeled on Josquin’s elegy for Ockeghem. The milder content of the program is best suggested by the opening and closing songs, “Prayer before meals” and “Prayer before meals” (the French correctly says “after”). The notes focus on the perceived contrast between Netherlandish and Parisian song style, asserting that there is more overlap than usually understood. The writer cites several examples, but overlooks the best one of all, Nicolas Gombert’s La chasse , a model of Parisian style and Flemish sound. This piece and the Appenzeller lament are the two longest selections on the disc. It’s unfortunate that this disc was not reviewed here earlier, for it is a climactic point in the ensemble’s 20-year traversal (at the time it was made) of this repertoire.


There is more: half of the book is given over to recipes, many dating to the 14th century. No comment is added, but each recipe faces a still-life painting of the period that illustrates the dish. This package is quite similar to another one issued by the same label, “Food, Wine & Song” by the Orlando Consort (25:6). These beautiful deluxe releases are really very hard to resist.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1. O souverain Pasteur by Jacobus Clemens non Papa
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Netherlands (Holland 
Language: French 
2. Hau hau hau le boys by Claude de Sermisy
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Language: French 
3. Or escoutez gentils veneurs "La chasse du lièvre" by Nicolas Gombert
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: French 
4. Pere esternel by Tylman Susato
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: French 
5. Que n'est-elle auprès de moy by Pierre Certon
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Language: French 
6. Ung souvenir me conforte by Josquin Baston
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Language: French 
7. Mirelaridon by Guillaume Le Heurteur
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Language: French 
8. Ung vray musicien by Nicolle des C. de Hesdin
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; France 
Language: French 
9. Au pres de vous secretement demeure à 2 by Claude de Sermisy
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1545; France 
Language: French 
10. Au pres de vous secretement demeure à 4 by Claude de Sermisy
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1551; France 
Language: French 
11. En languissant avoir secours j'attens by Pierre Certon
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Language: French 
12. C'est tout abus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Language: French 
13. Triquedon daine by Anonymous
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Language: French 
14. Si vous n'avez madame by Anonymous
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
15. Je pers espoir by Benedictus Appenzeller
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: French 
16. Musae Jovis by Benedictus Appenzeller
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: Latin 
17. Secouez moy by Dambert
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Language: Latin 
18. Pour quelque paine que j'endure by Eustachius Barbion
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Language: French 
19. Layssons amour qui nous faict tant souffrir by Mittantier
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1539; France 
Language: French 
20. Branle de Champaigne by Adrien le Roy
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: This selection shares the same track and timing with "Alemande du pied de cheval" and "Bransle de Poictou." 
21. Alemande du pied de cheval by Adrien le Roy
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: This selection shares the same track and timing with "Bransle de Champaigne" and "Bransle de Poictou." 
22. Branle de Poictou by Adrien le Roy
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1568; France 
Notes: This selection shares the same track and timing with "Bransle de
Champaigne" and "Alemande du pied de cheval." 
23. En tour la feste Saint Martin by Decapella
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Language: French 

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