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Étienne Moulinié (1599-1669): Meslanges pour la Chapelle d'un Prince; works by Boesset, De Chancy & Constantin / Ens. Correspondances

Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review, January 2015
The performances are of breathtaking beauty. As a group, the Ensemble is lithe and supple, reacting sympathetically to every nuance of Moulinie's expressive, text-driven writing. Individually, its 12 voices are remarkably fresh and secure... this disc presents a perfect marriage of sublime music and outstanding musicianship.

Irish Times, 13th November 2014
The style is both unprepossessing and full, the piercing vocal expressiveness and glowing instrumental resonances of these new performances emphasizing its hearty soulfulness.

MusicWeb International, 22nd December 2014
This may seem to be obscure repertoire but it is significant in the overall development of the French motet which was to culminate in those huge settings by Rameau. With such cultured, sensitive and beautifully moulded performances this is a notable and delightful disc that is well worth investigating.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
Assured soloists are drawn from the ranks of the dozen-strong choir, and their fluent solo passages and glorious choral textures combine sumptuously with a compact yet sonorously varied instrumental group of recorders, viols, lute, theorbo and organ...such miniature pieces are capable of real grandeur in the right hands.

For more than thirty years, the career of composer Étienne Moulinié was inseparably linked with the patronage of Gaston d'Orléans (1608-60), brother of Louis XIII. In his Mélanges sur des sujets chrétiens, which he regarded as his magnum opus, Moulinié claimed the right to a compositional freedom that would "purify music and make it wholly chaste." Some of the finest pieces from the collection feature on this recording by Sébastien Daucé's Ensemble Correspondances, showing just how successfully the composer achieved his aim.

Choir & Organ, Autumn 2014
Persuasively performed by Ensemble Correspondence with a flavoursome depth and texture to supremely lively sound quality.

Early Music Today, October 2014
A homogenous sound in which the voices that make up his [Moulinie's] often dense textures are clearly heard and beautifully shaped.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
The performances by Ensemble Correspondances, founded in Lyon in 2008, are everything one could wish from a first-rate early music consort. The booklet lists 12 singers, a pair of flutes, a consort of viols, lute, and theorbo. Sebastien DaucT directs from the organ or harpsichord.


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