[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Saturday 25 July 2015
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The Orlando Consort's third recording for Hyperion turns to the music of Loyset Compère, a composer the group first investigated some twenty years ago. In the intervening decades musicological goal-post shifting has elevated our composer from also-ran outsider to something of a trailblazer, the wonderfully complex Magnificat recorded here, for example, now being thought to predate the masterworks of Josquin by some fifteen years. A gorgeous selection of motets and chansons further charts this period of radical musical experimentation.
'The Orlando Consort take the brave step of focusing almost exclusively on [Compère's] songs [which] are … very exposing of a singer's technique: there really is nowhere to hide … this project is a confident affirmation that all-vocal recordings of 15th-century songs are well worth making' (Gramophone Award Nomination 2016 - Early Music)
'The four, bright-voiced, male singers are quick to draw on the contrasts in chansons like the folksy "Ung franc archier" and seductive "Vous me faites morir d'envie"' (Financial Times)
Magnificat primi toni
Tant ay d'ennuy / O vos omnes
Dictes moy toutes voz pensées
Une plaisant fillette ung matin se leva
Vous me faites morir d'envie
Ung franc archier
Ne doibt on prendre quant on donne
Au travail suis sans espoir de confort
Mes pensées ne me lessent une heure
O bone Jesu