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Chansons Sur Des Poèmes De Ronsard / Clément Janequin


Release Date: 07/10/2001 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951491   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François RegnardGuillaume BoniJean de CastroAlbert de Rippe,   ... 
Performer:  Maurice Ottiger
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It has been far too easy in the past to see French chanson composers in the second half of the sixteenth century as lesser figures—too restrained in their mode of expression, faint epigones of their predecessors (particularly Claudin de Sermisy and Clement Janequin), less inventive and resourceful than the great Italian madrigalists who were their contemporaries. Apart from the terrifyingly prolific Philippe de Monte, the composers on this disc hardly merit a mention in most histories of music.

But in fact they just needed performing with the kind of skill and refinement we now hear from the Clement Janequin Ensemble. This is a group, as I have said before, that is unchallenged when it hits form. And here they are at their
Read more very best. It is not just that everything is perfectly in place, that many years of experience have blended them into an ensemble of wonderful flexibility. It is also that they manage to find the mood of each piece with miraculous precision. Certainly the music is a little restrained—though `refined' would be the better word. On the page, these pieces can look remarkably similar. But every time the Janequins put their finger on the songs' individuality. Just once they let everything rip, in Regnard's Bois Janin a moi; but otherwise within a fairly restricted palette they ring all the changes with massive skill.

Not that there is anything effete about their singing. They have an outward and vibrant sound, sometimes helped by the forthcoming lute playing of Eric Bellocq. That directness may be part of Gramophone February 1995 93 their success in bringing this little-heard music (which is to say that there is not a note here that I had heard before) to vivid and irresistible reality.

I should mention that, while Jeanice Brooks's informative note is translated, Ronsard's glorious poems are not. That hardly seems a serious problem, since it is the actual words that count, their juxtaposition, their resonance; the content is usually clear enough from the singing. Briefly, this is a wonderful and important issue: don't miss it.

-- Gramophone [2/1995]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 901491
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chansons (50): Ni nuit ne jour by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
2.
Sonets (35) de Pierre Ronsard: Rossignol mon mignon by Guillaume Boni
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
3.
Chansons (50): Dedans ce bois by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
4.
Sonets (35) de Pierre Ronsard: Las! sans espoir by Guillaume Boni
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
5.
Chansons, odes, et sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Je suis tellement langoureux by Jean de Castro
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
6.
Fantasy for Lute no 2 by Albert de Rippe
Performer:  Maurice Ottiger (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
7.
Chansons (50): Heureux ennui by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
8.
Sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Quand de ta lèvre by Philippe de Monte
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
9.
Chansons, odes, et sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Quand je dors by Jean de Castro
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
10.
Chansons (50): Contre mon gré by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
11.
Chansons (50): Mon triste coeur by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
12.
Sonets (35) de Pierre Ronsard: Ha, bel accueil by Guillaume Boni
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
13.
Chansons, odes, et sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Quand tu tournes tes yeux by Jean de Castro
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
14.
Sonets (35) de Pierre Ronsard: Comment au departir by Guillaume Boni
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 
15.
Chansons (50): Las, toi qui es de moi by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
16.
Chansons (50): Bois Janin À moi by François Regnard
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
17.
Sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Si trop souvent by Philippe de Monte
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
18.
Sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: Le premier jour du mois de mai by Philippe de Monte
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1575; France 
19.
Chansons, odes, et sonetz de Pierre Ronsard: De peu de bien by Jean de Castro
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1576; France 

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