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Du Mont: Grands Motets / Ricercar Consort


Release Date: 06/24/2003 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar ConsortChoeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is a positive kaleidoscope of textures, with every conceivable combination of voices culminating in powerful blocks of choral sound.

Du Mont, though thinly represented on disc, was highly influential in modernising French sacred music of the 17th century. He was Belgian-born, from Liège, where the Italian continuo-based style was firmly established. After he moved to Paris in 1640, several large collections of his music played a significant part in changing French taste from Renaissance-style polyphony to the new idiom. This performance reproduces the scale likely in Louis XIV’s Court Chapelle – five solo voices of the Petit Choeur, 19 more for the contrasting Grand Choeur and a small string ensemble. The
Read more choirs contrast not in complexity but in weight – thrilling at the start of the Magnificat. Pierlot sustains the driving pulse implicit in Du Mont’s setting, despite the fragmenting tendency of continually changing text. Within the limited palette – voices and strings – there is a positive kaleidoscope of textures, with every conceivable combination of voices culminating in powerful blocks of choral sound. Of the five motets, ‘O flos convalium’ is performed with solo voices and strings only, demonstrating an option described by a 17th-century commentator. The brief six-syllable lines of this Marian adoration invite short dancing phrases framing a touchingly poignant plea for mercy. Very warmly commended, though, at 52 minutes, a touch parsimonious.

Performance: *****
Sound: *****

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Magnificat by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1652; France 
2.
Mater Jerusalem by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Written: publ 1686 
3.
Cantemus Domino by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Written: publ 1686 
4.
O flos convalium by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Written: publ 1686 
5.
Nisi Dominus by Henri Du Mont
Conductor:  Philippe Pierlot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Choeur de Chambre de Namur Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; France 

Sound Samples

Magnificat
Mater Jerusalem
Cantemus Domino
O flos convallium
Psalm 126, "Nisi Dominus"

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