Mouton: Missa Faulte d'argent & Motets

Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice

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Mouton: Missa Faulte d'argent & Motets Review

by James Manheim

The Brabant Ensemble specializes in Flemish music of the High Renaissance, often by lesser-known composers. Jean Mouton (before 1459-1522) is not exactly obscure, but his music is much less often heard than that of his near contemporary Josquin. Mouton's music hardly resembles Josquin's beyond the basic outlines of High Renaissance choral music. It looks both backward and forward, with long, irregular duos that bring Ockeghem to mind, a good deal of contrapuntal artifice in the big motets included as well as in the Missa Fault d'Argent, and, on the other hand, limpid homophonic sections. Sample the lovely "Et homo factus est" for a taste of the latter. The overall impression is of highly expressive, rather virtuosic music, contrasting sharply with the very classical Josquin. Those who haven't heard the Brabant Ensemble are encouraged to give this release a try. The group has recorded Josquin, but its style, full-throated with both male and female singers, is better suited to Mouton. There is an elusive quality of involvement with the texts, perhaps generated by director Stephen Rice's deep background in this music. Hyperion contributes excellent sound from the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 04:06 Amazon
Gaude virgo Katherina
2 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:28 Amazon
3 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:19 Amazon
4 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 04:47 Amazon
Illuminare, illuminare, Jerusalem
5 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:22 Amazon
6 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:54 Amazon
O quam fulges in aetheris
7 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:42 Amazon
8 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 00:49 Amazon
9 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:20 Amazon
10 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 00:54 Amazon
11 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:35 Amazon
Laudate Deum in sanctis eius
12 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:31 Amazon
13 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:46 Amazon
14 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:49 Amazon
Missa Faulte d'argent
15 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:43 Amazon
16 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:54 Amazon
17 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:36 Amazon
18 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:36 Amazon
19 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:26 Amazon
20 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:21 Amazon
21 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:48 Amazon
22 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 00:37 Amazon
23 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:03 Amazon
24 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:23 Amazon
25 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:07 Amazon
26 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:14 Amazon
27 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:05 Amazon
28 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:35 Amazon
29 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:10 Amazon
30 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 02:31 Amazon
31 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 01:41 Amazon
32 Brabant Ensemble / Stephen Rice 03:25 Amazon
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