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Jean Mouton: Missa Tu es Petrus; 4-part motets et al. / Brabant Esn. - Stephen Rice

Audio Samples

>Mouton, Jean : Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
>Mouton, Jean : Exsultet coniubilando, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Verbum bonum et suave, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Missa "Tu es Petrus", for 5 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Bona vita, bona refectio, for 4 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Factum est silentium, for 4 voices

Album Summary

>Mouton, Jean : Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
>Mouton, Jean : Exsultet coniubilando, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Verbum bonum et suave, for 8 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Missa "Tu es Petrus", for 5 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Bona vita, bona refectio, for 4 voices
>Mouton, Jean : Factum est silentium, for 4 voices
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Jean Mouton was a Renaissance French composer and choirmaster, much acknowledged but more rarely recorded, who wrote a body of music that is both technically inventive and immediately appealing. Here Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble perform a selection of Mouton's eight-part music, two four-part motets, and his only five-part Mass setting, the Missa Tu es Petrus. Sheer compositional skill aside, all these works demonstrate Mouton's vivid and original imagination.

The Observer
The Brabant's singing throughout is polished, flexible, lean and - exactly what you want here - transcendent.

International Record Review
In each of these rich and complex works, the lucidity of both the Brabant Ensemble's singing and Rice's direction is hugely impressive. Polyphony written in so many parts can often sound dense and obscure (albeit ravishing to the ear). Measured tempos and highly disciplined singing, unhampered by vibrato, ensure that all part are clearly distinguishable.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
As in all their earlier recordings, Stephen Rice offers an interpretation sensitive to the thick web of polyphony while preserving the clarity of each individual voice. To the 12 core singers, five further voices are added for the motets, providing a richness I sometimes miss in recordings by the Tallis Scholars. This release offers the sonic evidence to support Rice's concluding comment in his booklet essay: "Alongside [Mouton's] motets, the Mass as a whole demonstrates that, while aspects of his compositional technique are somewhat distinct from his great contemporary Josquin, Mouton is not just another sheep among the flock of Renaissance composers - he is, in the best sense, egregious."

Gramophone Magazine, August 2012
The way in which Stephen Rice moulds his musical arguments is uniquely detailed and quietly thoughtful, aided at least in part by the fact that this respected musicologist works from his own specially produced editions...the sound, which is at its most crystalline in one-to-a-part performance...never hardens into relentlessness but stays luminously beautiful throughout. The blend of the ensemble is too warm for that.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxfor (08/16/2011-08/18/2011).



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Works Details

>Mouton, Jean : Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum, for 8 voices
  • Conductor: Stephen Rice
  • Ensemble: Brabant Ensemble
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : Ave Maria Gemma Virginum
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1510s

>Mouton, Jean : Exsultet coniubilando, for 8 voices
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : Verbum bonum et suave, for 8 voices
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : Missa "Tu es Petrus", for 5 voices
  • Performer: Alastair Carey (Cantor)
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Mouton, Jean : Bona vita, bona refectio, for 4 voices
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mouton, Jean : Factum est silentium, for 4 voices
  • Notes: Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, England (08/16/2011-08/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance