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Desprez: Adieu Mes Amours, Etc / Ensemble Clément Janequin


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951279   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Claude DebôvesDominique Visse
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"Clément Janequin Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It now looks as though the main achievement of Josquin's last years at Conde—to which he retired soon after he was 60—was in a group of songs for five and six voices. There are just over 20 of these: most of them use canon between two of the voices; most of them are miniatures that last under two minutes; all are stunning; and between them they represent an extraordinary final flowering of that inexhaustibly resourceful musical mind.

The main achievement of this record is to assemble no fewer than ten of the five-voice songs (including the slightly earlier Nymphes des bois) and seven of the six-voice ones. Several of them have been recorded elsewhere; but nowhere else will you get such a concentration of the music from
Read more Josquin's last period. The other ten pieces here give a reasonable cross-section of his other secular work, in four and three voices, most of it well represented on record over the past 20 years. But anyone who cares about Josquin's music will want this record for the late works, irrespective of how well they are performed.

Which is worth remembering, because the performances are almost without exception disappointing. The Clement Janequin Ensemble are a puzzlingly unpredictable group. At their best they have no challengers: among my favourite records are two they devoted to French song of the sixteenth century. And Dominique Visse, the leader of the ensemble, is one of those singers whose every phrase is magical. But they can be terrible. The intonation on this record is quite often painful, the voices rarely seem to balance or feel comfortable; and several of them are distinctly rough. Decisions on which lines should be sung and which played on instruments often seem arbitrarily taken. Much of the music sounds as though it was recorded after one quick run-through. To hear how far short of the mark these performances are you need only to compare them with the recent Josquin reissue by the Hilliard Ensemble (EMI a) CDC7 49209-2, 3/89), which contains six of the same pieces.

Nevertheless, the music is absolutely wonderful and its qualities shine through all this. That is why I keep listening to it. Pending the arrival of a more satisfactory collection of these late works, it is a record that I shall continue to play often.

-- Gramophone [6/1989]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 901279
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Works on This Recording

1. Douleur me bat by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. Adieu, mes amours by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
3. Plusieurs regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
4. Petite camusette by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
5. Mille regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Claude Debôves (Lute)
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. En non saichant by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
7. J'ay bien cause de lamenter by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: French 
8. Nymphes, nappés by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
9. La plus des plus by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
10. Plus n'estes ma maistresse by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
11. Cueurs desolez par toute nation by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Dominique Visse (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 
12. Plaine de dueil by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
13. Fortuna disperata by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: The attribution of this work to Josquin is doubtful. 
14. Faulte d'argent by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
15. Cueur langoreulx by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
16. Fors seulement by Josquin Des Préz
Performer:  Claude Debôves (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
17. Je me complains by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
18. Se congié prens by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
19. Tenez-moys en vos bras by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
20. El grillo by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21. Parfons regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
22. Vous l'arez, s'il vous plaist by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements",  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
23. Ile fantazies de Joskin by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
24. Se j'ay perdu mon amy by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble de Violes "Les Elements"
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
25. Allégez moy, doulce plaisant brunette by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
26. Déploration sur la mort de Ockeghem by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 02/1988 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in French and Latin. 

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