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Canciones Y Ensaladas / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin

Ensemble Clement Janequin / Visse
Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 1951627  
Composer:  Alonso de MudarraJuan VasquezMateo FlechaEnríquez de Valderrábano,   ... 
Performer:  Eric BellocqVincent BouchotFrançois FaucheRenaud Delaigues,   ... 
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hard on the heels of the New London Consort's disc dedicated to the ensaladas of Mateo Flecha (L'Oiseau-Lyre, 3/98) comes a further contribution to the Iberian song repertory of the sixteenth century from the Ensemble Clement Janequin directed by the irrepressible Dominique Visse. This is a totally different experience in almost every way. The Ensemble Clement Janequin perform only two of the ensabadas and these frame a selection of songs by Juan Vásquez and the Catalan madrigalist Joan Brudieu as well as vihuela music by Alonso Mudarra and Enrique de Valderrábano. (The booklet-notes talk at some length about Diego Ortiz, but his music is not featured on the CD, though perhaps its inclusion was the original intention; these Read more notes are generally somewhat misleading, especially in the rather poor English translation.) It is a real pleasure to hear some more of Vhsquez's excellent songs on disc; usually it is the vi//ancicos in popular vein that are featured, but here we have some of the more serious, madrigalian pieces. Try LAgrivnas de ml consuebo, one of his most extended settings in which becomes closest to the motel style of the period, and savour those mournful suspensions. Mostly the songs are considerably shorter, lasting only two or three minutes, but Vhsquez is a masterful songster and perfectly encapsulates the mood of each text. Brudieu's strophic setting, in Catalan, of the Seven Joys of the Virgin calls for sustained singing, around which the instrumentalists here weave increasingly elaborate extemporized divisions. All the songs, and also the ensaladas, are performed with one voice to a part and slightly varying combinations of organ, viol and plucked strings (lute, vihuela, guitar). This is, therefore, a much more restricted instrumental palette than is to be found on the New London Consort's Flecha recording, and yet how much more interesting are both the overall sound and the music-making! Each member of the Ensemble Clement Janequin is closely miked, but the overall blend is superb, and the rich, translucent sonority achieved is utterly compelling. (I would still have liked to have heard some items performed without instruments, but, you'll be relieved to read, I'm not going to bang on about that again here.)

What distinguishes this CD above all is the liveliness of the musical response to the words that are being sung; the pronunciation is not 100 per cent consistent, but every word is crystal-clear and the level of vocal energy and focus is always spot on, all of which is especially noticeable in the ensaladas. Here the interpretation is just right; theatrical and colourful, often funny, but never camp or ludicrously over the top, all this stemming, I am sure, from Visse's own instinctive and secure sense of the theatrical. I'm still not convinced that Flecha had even this more plausible combination of voices and instruments in mind when he composed the ensaladas, but I think he would have appreciated these versions of La bomba and La guerra for their sensitivity to the rhetoric of the texts and the real flair at the heart of the performance. Do add it to your collection, you won't be disappointed.

-- TK, Gramophone [4/1998] Reviewing original release, Harmonia Mundi 901627
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Fantasia del quinto tono by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Seville, Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Lágrimas de mi consuelo by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), François Fauche (Baritone), Renaud Delaigues (Bass),
Eric Bellocq (Lute), Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Dominique Visse (Countertenor),
Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba), Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela),
Massimo Moscardo (Lute)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
3.
Ojos morenos by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Eric Bellocq (Lute), Renaud Delaigues (Bass),
François Fauche (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Vincent Bouchot (Baritone),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
4.
Que yo, mi madre, yo by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba), Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute),
Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Eric Bellocq (Lute), Renaud Delaigues (Bass),
François Fauche (Baritone), Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
5.
Mi mal de causa es by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Renaud Delaigues (Bass), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive), François Fauche (Baritone),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
6.
Gentil senora mia by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba), Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute),
Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Eric Bellocq (Lute), Renaud Delaigues (Bass),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), François Fauche (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor),
Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
7.
Cavallero, queraysme dexar by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute), Eric Bellocq (Guitar),
Eric Bellocq (Lute), Renaud Delaigues (Bass), François Fauche (Baritone),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Countertenor),
Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
8.
El que sin ti bivir, ya no querrìa by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba), Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Eric Bellocq (Lute),
Renaud Delaigues (Bass), François Fauche (Baritone), Vincent Bouchot (Baritone),
Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
9.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Fantasia del quarto tono by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
10.
La bomba by Mateo Flecha
Performer:  Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Eric Bellocq (Lute), Massimo Moscardo (Lute),
Eric Bellocq (Guitar), Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor), François Fauche (Baritone),
Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
11.
Contrapunto sobre el tenor del "Conde Claros" by Enríquez de Valderrábano
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Lute), Massimo Moscardo (Lute)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1547; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12.
Agora-que sé de amor by Juan Vasquez
Performer:  Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive), François Fauche (Baritone),
Renaud Delaigues (Bass), Dominique Visse (Countertenor), Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
13.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Fantasia del primer tono by Alonso de Mudarra
Performer:  Eric Bellocq (Guitar)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
14.
La guerra by Mateo Flecha
Performer:  François Fauche (Baritone), Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive), Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba),
Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute), Eric Bellocq (Guitar),
Eric Bellocq (Lute), Renaud Delaigues (Bass), Dominique Visse (Countertenor),
Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Vincent Bouchot (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1581; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
15.
Goigs de Nostra Dona by Joan Brudieu
Performer:  Massimo Moscardo (Vihuela), Massimo Moscardo (Lute), Eric Bellocq (Guitar),
Vincent Bouchot (Baritone), Bruno Boterf (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Countertenor),
Renaud Delaigues (Bass), Eric Bellocq (Lute), Matthieu Lusson (Bass Viola da gamba),
Jean-Marc Aymes (Positive), François Fauche (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dominique Visse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1585; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 

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