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Moulu: Missa Alma Redemptoris

Audio Samples

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Missus est Gabriel angelus, for 4 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Missus est Gabriel, antiphon in mode 8 (Liber Usualis 1400)
>Moulu, Pierre : In pace, responsory for 5 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Alma redemptoris mater, for 4 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Kyrie for 4 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Agnus Dei for 5 voices

Album Summary

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Missus est Gabriel angelus, for 4 voices
>Chant, Gregorian : Missus est Gabriel, antiphon in mode 8 (Liber Usualis 1400)
>Moulu, Pierre : In pace, responsory for 5 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Alma redemptoris mater, for 4 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Kyrie for 4 voices
>Moulu, Pierre : Agnus Dei for 5 voices
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Stephen Rice us an Oxford-based scholar and performer who specializes in music of the mid-16th Century. He founded the Brabant Ensemble in 1998 to perform works by composers of that period like Nicholas Gombert, Thomas Crecquillom, and Pierre de Manchicourt. In the present recording there are 11 voices...Their sound is solid but at the same time light and transparent and well suited to the present repertory. Rice brings to these performances an exemplary sense of phrase and movement. This is not the blatant, take-it-or-leave-it sound and interpretation one finds from some other vocal ensembles. At the same time, the expressive and interpretive personality of these readings does not run into self-indulgent excess. These are thoroughly stylish and persuasive performances. The recorded sound is gorgeous, as we have come to expect from Hyperion. There is a warm reverberation but no obscuring of the interplay of the voices. Moulo himself could not ask for a better introduction of his works to a new public."-American Record Guide

'The Brabant Ensemble happily bring their familiar virtues to bear in sensitive, transparent performances. Musical adventurers will want this recording to discover a superb composer they may not know ... Moulu's idiom is pleasingly inventive and immediately engaging' (Gramophone)

'[In pace] An outstandingly beautiful setting for five voices, built around a canon. This is a real discovery, and I can imagine it inspiring many choir directors to include it in their repertoires. The Brabant Ensemble's vibrant sound is ideal for this music. Rice is careful never to allow the upper voices to dominate, with the result that the polyphonic workings of all these pieces are clearly audible, something rather rarer than one might think. This is a highly impressive release' (International Record Review)

'Revel in the bare intervals at the start of the Mater floreat which become a glowing major chord as the inner parts enter. Or the exquisite solemnity of the shorter In Pace. We are also treated to a brief Josquin motet which Moulu used as the model for his own Missa Missus est Gabriel Angelas. All sung with astonishing confidence and beauty of tone by Stephen Rice's Brabant Ensemble' (theartsdesk.com)

'The Brabant Ensemble are an eleven-voiced choir, using female altos and sopranos. They sing with a lovely clear, focused tone which allows the polyphony space to flourish and each line is clearly delineated. They sing the Latin with a form of French pronunciation which is entirely suitable for this composer. Moulu is not a showy writer. Stephen Rice and his ensemble allow the composer's distinctive reflective voice to come over in these fascinating and rather enchanting pieces' (MusicWeb.com)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes Universi (09/04/2009-09/06/2009).



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Works Details

>Moulu, Pierre : Mater floreat
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Missus est Gabriel angelus, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Chant, Gregorian : Missus est Gabriel, antiphon in mode 8 (Liber Usualis 1400)
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral

>Moulu, Pierre : In pace, responsory for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Moulu, Pierre : Missa Alma redemptoris mater, for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Moulu, Pierre : Kyrie for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Moulu, Pierre : Agnus Dei for 5 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Chapel of Harcourt Hill campus, Oxford Brookes University (09/04/2009-09/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral