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Henry Du Mont: Cantica Sacra

Du Mont / Namur Chamber Choir / Boterf
Release Date: 04/13/2010 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 293   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Stéphanie de FaillyFreddy EichelbergerCaroline WeynantsNathalie Marec,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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DU MONT Cantica Sacra Namur CCh; Les Soloistes RICERCAR RIC 293 (72: 52 Text and Translation)


Although relatively little known, and with correspondingly few recordings of his music available, Henry Du Mont (1610–84) was a figure of pivotal importance in the music of the French Baroque. Of Belgian origins, born near Liège, he received his initial musical training in Maastricht in the Netherlands, returned to Liège, and then relocated to Paris in 1640, where he Read more became organist at the Church of Saint-Paul. Rising rapidly in prominence, he then became harpsichordist to the Duc d’Anjou in 1652 and to the Queen in 1660, a sous-maître (one of four) of the Chapelle Royale at Versailles in 1663, sous-maître de la musique du Roy in 1672 (along with Pierre Robert), and finally Master of the Queen’s Music in 1673. He resigned his last position in 1683 and died the next year. His compositional output includes several masses and nearly one hundred petits motets.


The Cantica sacra , published in 1652, broke decisively from the polyphonic tradition previously dominant in France. Introducing novel stylistic techniques pioneered by Monteverdi and his contemporaries in Italy, it was the first musical publication in France to present motets for two voices rather than four, and only the second to have an independent basso continuo part. The use of only two voices also entailed employment of a more declamatory vocal style and the use of agréments , ornaments such as the trill and mordent placed above notes for vocal embellishment and added expressivity. The collection also includes the first published solo motet in the French repertoire, In lectulo meo ; borrowing yet another Italian device, in this piece Du Mont reduces the second voice to only an echo of certain phrases sung by the first voice. The larger-scale pieces that call for several groups of singers would later be developed by Du Mont into another of his innovations, the grand motet français . His published directions provided for the works to be performed by either high or low voices, allowed for alternatives in the type of stringed instruments to be employed, and indicated organ improvisations at specified parts of the services. Finally, the volume also includes purely instrumental pieces, four of which are featured on the present disc.


This is an exemplary production. The vocal and instrumental performances are exceptionally polished; the recorded sound is excellent; the booklet essay is unusually detailed and informative without being pedantic; the vocal texts are presented in Latin, English, French, and German; specifications are even given for the organ (built in 1742). At present there is only one other CD in print with music from this collection, also on the Ricercar label and performed by the eponymous Ricercar Consort, half of a two-disc set that also includes a Requiem by Gilles Hayne. Despite an extensive Internet search, I have not been able to ascertain the specific contents of that set, or if that CD is the same as a now deleted 1992 issue, Ricercar 120109 (still listed as an MP3 download from a few sites). In any case, this item fills a major gap in the early Baroque repertoire. Highly recommended.


FANFARE: James A. Altena
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Works on This Recording

1. O folix Roma, hymn by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Cantemus Domino by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Written: publ 1686 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3. Quam dilecta, for 2 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Caroline Weynants (), Nathalie Marec (), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ),
Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
4. Credidi Propter by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Allemande fugue, prelude for 3 viols (from Mélanges, 1657) by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Converte Domine oculos tuos super nos, for 3 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Thibaut Lenaerts (), Philippe Favette (), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin),
Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Caroline Weynants ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. O Domine Deus by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8. Pavane à 3 in D minor by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9. Ave gemma virginum, for 4 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10. Laudemus Dominum by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Philippe Favette (), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Thibaut Lenaerts (),
Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
11. O Gloriosa Domina, for 4 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Thibaut Lenaerts (), Bruno [Tenor Vocals] Boterf (), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin),
Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Cantantibus organis, for 2 or 3 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Philippe Favette (), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ),
Caroline Weynants ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
13. Allemande grave for Organ in D minor by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
14. Quae est ista, for 2 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Caroline Weynants (),
Lieve [Soprano Vocal] Van Lancker ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
15. Motets (3) à deux voix: no 2, In lectulo meo by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Caroline Weynants (), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ),
Lieve [Soprano Vocal] Van Lancker ()
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
16. Pavane for keyboard (from the Bauyn Manuscript) by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
17. O Salutaris Hosia, Motet by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Philippe Favette (), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin),
Thibaut Lenaerts (), Nathalie Marec ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18. Panis Angelicus by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
19. Non defrauderis, for 2 or 3 voices by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Caroline Weynants (),
Lieve [Soprano Vocal] Van Lancker ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
20. Surrexit pastor bonus by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin), Caroline Weynants (),
Philippe Favette ()
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
21. Christus Natus Est Nobis by Henri Du Mont
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ), Stéphanie de Failly (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Cantica sacra: O foelix Roma
Cantica sacra: Cantate Domino
Cantica sacra: Quam dilecta
Cantica sacra: Credidi propter
Cantica sacra: Allemanda a 3
Cantica sacra: Converte Domine oculos tuos super
Cantica sacra: O Domine Deus
Cantica sacra: Pavane a 3
Cantica sacra: Ave gemma Virginum
Cantica sacra: Laudemus Dominum
Cantica sacra: O Gloriosa Domina
Cantica sacra: Cantantibus organis
Cantica sacra: Allemanda gravis
Cantica sacra: Quae est ista
Cantica sacra: In lectulo meo, Echo
Cantica sacra: Pavane
Cantica sacra: O Salutaris hostia
Cantica sacra: Panis angelicus
Cantica sacra: Non defrauderis
Cantica sacra: Surrexit pastor bonus
Cantica sacra: Christus natus est

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