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Ockeghem & Compere

Main Harmonique / Ockenghem / Agricola
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Ligia   Catalog #: 202217   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes OckeghemLoyset CompèreAlexander AgricolaJohannes Ghiselin
Performer:  Didier ChevalierDiego SalamancaFanette EstradePaul Marcos,   ... 
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



OCKEGHEM S’elle m’amera. Aultre Venus. Mort tu as navré. La Despourveuve. Presque transi. Permanent vierge. COMPÈRE Vous me faites morir. Pensant au Bien. Plaine d’ennuy. AGRICOLA Belles sur toutes. Je n’ay dueul & Frédéric Bétous, dir; La Main Harmonique LIGIA 0202217-10 (64:00 Text and Translation)
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& GHISELIN O florens rosa


The disc is subtitled Music in the Time of Anne of France . She was the daughter of Louis XI and a contemporary of the more famous Anne of Brittany, who married her brother Charles VIII. Anne of France married Pierre, lord of Beaujeu, later duke of Bourbon. A century later a Bourbon king of Navarre would become king of France through another line of Bourbon descent from Louis IX. Pierre and Anne maintained a dazzling court in the town of Moulins, where their chateau was located. Pierre and Anne may be seen in the altar triptych created for their chapel about 1498, seen on the cover of the booklet. Ockeghem is featured on this program because he served the French court for many years, but it is not clear that he “stayed and practiced [his] art” in Moulins, as the notes claim. Agricola and Compère also served in the royal chapel, but only Compère is mentioned at Moulins (in the notes David Fallows says “there is a very good chance” that he was there sometime before joining the royal chapel in 1486). Johannes Ghiselin (or Verbonnet) is ignored in the notes, though his name is sometimes mentioned in connection with these composers.


The program is useful for bringing together a group of pieces related to the French court at this period. The major work, and the longest on the disc, is Ockeghem’s lament on the death of Binchois, Mort tu as navré . The centerpiece of this program, it has not lacked for fine recordings, more recently from the Orlando Consort, Edward Wickham ( Fanfare 24:5), and Björn Schmelzer (31:1), but this is worthy of standing beside them. The Ghiselin piece seems to be a first recording. The ensemble takes its name from the Guidonian hand (as a small Spanish record label also did). The singers and players demonstrate a stylistic grasp of the era. While this is the group’s first recording, Frédéric Bétous has been a member of several familiar ensembles. This is a worthy début disc.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
S'elle m'amera je ne sçay by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Vous me faites morir, chanson for 3 voices by Loyset Compère
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Aultre Vénus estes by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Didier Chevalier (), Diego Salamanca (Lute)
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Pensant au bien, for vocal ensemble by Loyset Compère
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Belles sur toutes / Tota pulchra es, motet-chanson for 3 voices by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1480s 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
6.
O florens rosa, for 3 voices by Johannes Ghiselin
Performer:  Fanette Estrade (Flute), Paul Marcos (Fiddle), Evelyne Moser (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Mort, tu as navré by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
La despourveue et la bannie, chanson for 3 voices by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
9.
Je n'ay dueil by Alexander Agricola
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Plaine d'ennuy / Anima mea, motet by Loyset Compère
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11.
Presque transi by Johannes Ockeghem
Performer:  Frédéric Betous (), Paul Marcos (Fiddle), Diego Salamanca (Lute)
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Flanders, Belgium 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
Permanente vierge / Pulchra es / Sancta Dei genetrix by Johannes Ockeghem
Conductor:  Frédéric Betous
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  L'Eglise Saint-Pierre des Chartreux à To 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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