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Jean Maillard d (c. 1515 û after 1570): Missa Je suis Déshéritée / The Marian Consort, Rory McCleery

Album Summary

>Maillard, Jean : Laudate Dominum, motet
>Cadéac, Pierre : Je suis desheritee, chanson
>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis desheritee
>Maillard, Jean : Omnes gentes attendite, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Victimae paschali laudes, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Ascendo ad Patrem meum, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Fratres mei elongaverunt, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Hodie Maria virgo, motet
>Maillard, Jean : In pace, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Assumpta est Maria, motet
>Maillard, Jean : Gaudent in caelis, motet
>Maillard, Jean : In me transierunt, motet
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Notes & Reviews:

Jean Maillard's life is shrouded in mystery, and his music is rarely heard today. Yet in his own time his works were both influential and widely known; indeed, the musicologist François Lesure held him to be one of the most important French composers of his era. Who better, then, than Rory McCleery's Marian Consort to give this composer's rich and varied output its first dedicated recording? Their characteristically precise and yet impassioned performances bring out both the network of influence in which Maillard's music participated its Josquin-esque pedigree, on successors such as Lassus and Palestrina, and its striking, individual beauty.

The Times, 28th September 2013
Little is known about the 16th-century composer, except that his beautifully smooth polyphony was much admired...As revealed with pellucid clarity by Rory McCleery's young Marian Consort on this first recording devoted exclusively to Maillard, he was a subtly expressive composer.

The Guardian, 3rd October 2013
The performances are models of discretion and musical taste, every texture clear, every phrase beautifully shaped.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
With two women in the group, they make no pretence at emulating what might have happened in the 16th century; but that lets them sing out with more freedom. So this is no-nonsense musicianship, but for all that thoroughly musical...The unfussy performance helps the music enormously.

Early Music Today, December 2013
The motets are more adventurous, declamatory and cleverly nuanced, with a recognisable house style. The Marian Consort produces a very pleasing sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013).



Reviews

Renaissance Rediscovery
Jean Maillard was a student of Josquin des Prez, and his music inspired Palestrina. Although little-known today, this French composer's music was highly regarded by his contemporaries. And listening to these performances by the Marian Consort, it's easy to understand why.

Maillard carefully and tastefully builds his contrapuntal compositions in a manner similar to Palestrina, although with a lighter touch. The primary work on this album, the Missa Je suis Desheritee is one of Maillard's largest works, and the most popular during his lifetime. It, like the motets interspersed throughout, show a composer in full command of his talent, able to create ethereal cathedrals from pure sound.

The Marian Consort has a uniform clarity of tone that's well-suited to these works. The ensemble blend is quite smooth throughout, although at times the sopranos seemed to have a slight edge to their voices (especially after a wide upwards leap).

All in all, though, this is a disc that should be in the collection of anyone who loves renaissance sacred music. Maillard may be the link between Des Pres and Palestrina, but he has a style all his own.
Submitted on 08/04/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Maillard, Jean : Laudate Dominum, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Pierre Cadéac (circa 1510 - circa 1555) : Je suis déshéritée, chanson
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis déshéritée
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Omnes gentes attendite, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis déshéritée
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Victimae paschali laudes, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis déshéritée
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Ascendo ad Patrem meum, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis déshéritée
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Fratres mei elongaverunt, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Missa Je suis déshéritée
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Hodie Maria virgo, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : In pace, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Assumpta est Maria, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : Gaudent in caelis, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maillard, Jean : In me transierunt, motet
  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Ensemble: The Marian Consort
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford (01/07/2013-01/09/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance