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Phinot: Missa si bona suscepimus, etc / Stephen Rice

Album Summary

>Sermisy, Claudin de : Si bona suscepimus, for 4 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Pater peccavi, motet for 5 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Missa Si bona suscepimus, for 4 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Tanto tempore, motet for 8 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Iam non dicam vos servos, motet for 8 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : O sacrum convivium, motet for 8 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, motet for 8 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Magnificat octavi toni, for 4 or 5 voices
>Phinot, Dominique : Confitebor tibi, Domine, motet for 4 voices
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Brabant Ensemble presents another exciting find: a hugely neglected composer from the 16th century. Although relatively little is known about Dominique Phinot's life, his compositional output was considerable both in volume and quality. The five-voice motets of his Liber primus mutetarum demonstrate his outstanding polyphonic skills and the Liber secundus contains five eight-voice works that are unique in the mid-sixteenth century in their treatment of double-choir dialogue. These works, of which four are included in this recording, are the antecedents of the resplendent Venetian polychoral tradition of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

'The Brabant Ensemble's performances of these fascinating works are as polished and assured as we have come to expect, full-throated yet finely modelled and shimmering with lively intelligence. Rice unerringly finds the right pace for each work ... and pays full heed to Phinot's expressive use of contrasting textures. Amidst all the drama of the larger works, the ensemble's caressing, translucent rendition of O sacrum convivium is a particular high point. This is a valuable and engrossing premiere for a neglected and somewhat unconventional sixteenth-century master' (International Record Review)

'There are many laurels to award in this column, but arguably the biggest, shiniest and bushiest wreath should land on Stephen Rice and his spirited Brabant Ensemble for their outstanding disc of works by Dominique Phinot. What a discovery! Extraordinary music, not least the 'secret chromatic art' exemplified in the motet Pater Peccavi, which deserves the widest hearing thanks to these sinuous, assured performance, captured in an edgy acoustic that enhances the curious architecture of the polyphony' (Choir & Organ Magazine)

'Rice has outdone his achievement of the first five discs with this fascinating and rewarding offering. If you have not discovered the Brabant Ensemble yet, by all means start here' (Fanfare, USA)

'If you are to make an investment into a new or unknown composer you need to be able to trust the performers. With the Brabant Ensemble and the musicianship and prowess of Stephen Rice you know that you are in safe hands ... awards. They have a gloriously fresh, yet intensely expressive sound, intonation is miraculous and they are aided on each occasion by a superb acoustic and recording' (MusicWeb.com)



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Works Details

>Sermisy, Claudin de : Si bona suscepimus, for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Pater peccavi, motet for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Missa Si bona suscepimus, for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Tanto tempore, motet for 8 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Iam non dicam vos servos, motet for 8 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : O sacrum convivium, motet for 8 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Incipit oratio Jeremiae prophetae, motet for 8 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Magnificat octavi toni, for 4 or 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Phinot, Dominique : Confitebor tibi, Domine, motet for 4 voices
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (08/29/2008-08/31/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance