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De Manchicourt: Missa Cuidez vous que Dieu nous faille

Album Summary

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Regina coli, motet for 6 voices
>Richafort, Jean : Salve Regina, for 5 voices
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 4 voices
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Missa Cuidez vous Dieu nous faille, for 5 or 6 voices
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Osculetur me, motet for 6 voices
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Ne reminiscaris, Domine, motet for 4 voices
>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Magnificat secundi toni, for 4 or 5 voices
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Notes & Reviews:

"[Manchicourt] was one of the last great masters of intensely contrapuntal polyphony before a more homophonic style took hold in the mid-sixteenth century... For a work as richly contrapuntal as Manchicourt's, the mass is surprisingly open and transparent, allowing all of the voices to be clearly heard and understood. The inventiveness of Manchicourt's counterpoint and his creative and unpredictable use of dissonance make his work immediately appealing. The Brabant Ensemble sings with excellent blend and pure, sweet tone... When they bring the dynamic down to its quietest level the effect is magical. Hyperion's sound is superlative, with just the right amount of resonance." -All Music

'The music is typical of the high Renaissance, influenced by Josquin and close to the style of Gombert; the Brabant performances all have a wonderful fluency and rhythmic clarity' (The Guardian)

'A must-have disc from the Brabant Ensemble ... First-rate music stirs this young ensemble to their finest disc yet' (Gramophone)

'From the ecstatic opening bars of the Regina caeli, which begins the recital, to the more austere grandeur of Manchicourt's only setting of the Magnificat, with which it closes, there is not a less than thrilling moment on the whole disc. Non-experts will scarcely be aware of the hyper-refined contrapuntal techniques, daring use of dissonance and cross-relations, interspersed with passages of telling homophony; they will simply be swept along by the sheer aural brilliance of Manchicourt's polyphony. With only two previous recordings to its name, The Brabant Ensemble has already established itself as perhaps England's most accomplished interpreter of Renaissance sacred music. Its intelligent phrasing, purity of vocal production and well-judged use of pause and inflexion are simply astonishing. Its vivid presentation of Manchicourt's shimmering, flamboyant polyphony is as moving as it is intellectually stimulating' (International Record Review)

'... The brilliant Easter exultation of Regina caeli is created by Manchicourt's ingenious combination of intricate canonic writing with exciting syncopated rhythms ... The Brabant Ensemble's committed and responsive performances' (Daily Telegraph)

'This well-selected collection places Manchicourt firmly on the musical map. The centrepiece of the recording, the Cuidez vous mass, is an inspired choice. From the clamorous lines of the opening Kyrie with their spicy harmonic clashes, through the superbly portrayed dramas of the Credo, and into the quieter realms of the Sanctus and Agnus Dei, this choir is never less than energised and sure-footed ... Moving and compelling' (BBC Music Magazine)

'The more I hear of Manchicourt's music the more impressed I am ... The Brabant Ensemble here sports a confidence and sureness of purpose which is indispensable in music as meaty and ambitious as this' (Goldberg Magazine *****)

'Stephen Rice's superbly talented vocal ensemble features many members of the same family, and there's a great harmony, in all senses, about its work. Here, the Brabant does the 16th-century composer Manchicourt proud' (The First Post.com)

'I was amazed ... There is really excellent music here' (Early Music Review)

'Recorded at Merton College, Oxford by eager, fresh young voices, singing full throatedly with a forward impetus, it has made for delightful listening. Recommended strongly' (Musical Pointers)

'Though only a few recordings of Manchicourt's music have appeared over the past decade or so, this one is a significant addition...for its contrasting interpretive aesthetic' (American Record Guide)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Even in his lifetime, Manchicourt's fame was not what it might have been. There were so many fine composers in the mid-16th-century that it's no easy matter to explain what it is that makes certain composers' music stand out.

Manchicourt's has something of Gombert's concentration of materials, with textures that are just as full but rather brighter; and his considerable contrapuntal ingenuity is often laced with wit (as in the canonic Regina caeli). From the song by Richafort on which he bases his Mass Cuidez vous que Dieu nous faille, Manchicourt has a knack of selecting those moments that can be expanded and developed into largescale passages of considerable rhetorical power.

The small-scale as well as the medium-length motets are also worth hearing.

The sound recording is very fine, though the dominance of the trebles slightly obscures the contrapuntal working of the lower voices. All the same, this is a must-have for anybody interested in Renaissance music, marginal or not.



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>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Regina coli, motet for 6 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Richafort, Jean : Salve Regina, for 5 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Peccantem me quotidie, motet for 4 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Missa Cuidez vous Dieu nous faille, for 5 or 6 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Osculetur me, motet for 6 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Ne reminiscaris, Domine, motet for 4 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Manchicourt, Pierre de : Magnificat secundi toni, for 4 or 5 voices
  • Notes: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, England (09/02/2005-09/04/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral