Les Maîtres du Motet

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Les Maîtres du Motet
Les Arts Florissants, Paul Agnew

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 28 September 2018

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A sophisticated composer, Brossard also left his mark thanks to the extraordinary collection of music manuscripts he amassed over the course of his life. Preserved for posterity when he catalogued and handed it over to the royal library in 1724, the compendium contains an impressive number of musical gems like the Requiem by Bouteiller, which Brossard counted among the best Mass settings in his possession. Focusing on the work of these French masters, Paul Agnew has fashioned a programme exploring the role of cathedral and chapel choirs during the reign of Louis XIV.

"[In the Bouteiller] the group's blend finds its groove and the singers swell to fill the greater expressive and dramatic space of the work" Gramophone Dec 2018

"Nineteen singers, including seven soloists - voices of character in vibrant ensemble - plus continuo collaborate with grace, solemnity, elegant expression, sublime refinement, and exquisitely tasteful phrasing. There is some solo singing of ineffable sweetness and the performers give every impression of total immersion in early 18th-century French culture." Choir & Organ Five Stars


André RAISON (c.1650-1719)
Kyrie de la Messe du Premier Ton

Sébastien de BROSSARD (1655-1730)
Miserere mei Deus SdB. 53
pour une voix de dessus et basse continue
avec versets alternés en faux-bourdon

Kyrie de la Messe du Deuxième Ton

Sébastien de BROSSARD (1655-1730)
Stabat Mater SdB. 008

Stabat Mater
Cujus animam gementem
O quam tristis et afflicta
Quæ mœrebat et dolebat
Quis est homo qui non fleret
Pro peccatis suæ gentis
Vidit suum dulcem natum
Eya Mater, fons amoris
Fac ut ardeat cor meum
Sancta Mater, istud agas
Tui nati vulnerati
Virgo virginum praeclara
Fac ut portem Christi mortem
Quando corpus morietur

Pierre BOUTEILLER (c.1655-c.1717)
Missa pro Defunctis
cum quinque voc.
Requiem æternam
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion [plain-chant]
Kyrie eleyson
Christe eleyson
Kyrie eleyson
Si ambulem [plain-chant], in medio umbrae mortis
Virga tua et baculus tuus
[Offertorium] Domine, Jesu Christe
[Elevatio] Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
[Postcommunio] Lux æterna luceat eis

Sébastien de BROSSARD (1655-1730)
Ave verum corpus SdB. 010
à 5 voix