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Jean Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips
30 Sept. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 2012
  • Release Date: 30 Sept. 2012
  • Label: Gimell Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Gimell Records
  • Total Length: 1:07:50
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  • ASIN: B0092IQDRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,513 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Oct. 2012
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The Tallis Scholars are invariably excellent (I have loved their recordings for over thirty years now), but every so often they release a disc which is truly exceptional even by their own stellar standards. This is one of them. Mouton's music is rich, distinctive and astonishingly beautiful, featuring a serenity and sweetness of tone seldom matched in Renaissance polyphony but never becomes bland or monotonous because Mouton varies his mood and effects so cleverly that there is always variety and something new to keep the ear interested and - for me, anyway - often spellbound.

The mass setting here is really excellent, with Mouton's ingenious use of Compere's chanson Dittez moy as a basis binding it together beautifully and keeping even the long movements fresh and interesting throughout. The motets are also terrific, with the amazing setting of Ave maria...virgo serena showing hints that Mouton occasionally came close to Josquin's genius in composition.

The disc ends with Mouton's only well-known work, the fabulously beautiful Nesciens mater. I already have three dearly-loved versions but this may well be my favourite. Sung one to a part, it has a spare clarity which allows it to really shine. As Dorothy L. Sayers said of Dante's Divine Comedy, it has a lasting beauty being built on noble bones and here the Tallis Scholars allow that innate beauty to shine. This is true throughout the disc, which has a deeper, more resonant sound than some Tallis Scholars recordings. The top lines in the mass and two of the motets are taken by the altos, and Donald Greig, a stalwart bass of the ensemble, here sings the baritone part which gives an idea of the often lower pitch.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2012
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How strange are the ways of the recording companies - but perhaps understandably, as I'll explain in a moment. Jean Mouton was one of the great composers of the Franco-Flemish school, yet there had not been a recording exclusively devoted to his music for at least ten years, and even before that only one as far as I know. And now two come along within a few months of one another - the Brabant Ensemble's wonderful CD of Mouton: Missa Tu Es Petrus (Hyperion: CDA67933) and this present disc from the Tallis Scholars.

This consists of Mouton's fine paraphrase mass based on Loyset Compère's rondeau "Dictes moy toutes voz pensées", together with an impressive collection of five motets. Compère's gently plaintive 3-part song, the opening item on the disc, makes an intriguing model for the Mass. The latter boasts a rich texture from the very start, with the lower voices sounding especially prominent here and at various other points. Throughout the work, Mouton shows seemingly boundless imagination and ingenuity in reworking the motifs of Compère's song, just as is the case with his treatment of the cantus firmus theme in the Missa Tu es Petrus. All this is performed most beautifully by Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars - who have been slimming down a bit in recent years, singing two voices per part for most of the works here, and OVPP for the last item, the 8-voice "Nesciens Mater". Their singing has a lovely, well-balanced texture - as at the start of the Sanctus, to take just one example - while the middle section of Mouton's Agnus Dei, again dominated by the low voices, is remarkable and, once more, quite beautifully sung here.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2012
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Though regarded by his contemporaries as equal to Josquin, we have been poorly served when it comes to recordings of Jean Mouton, who has been rather neglected. Two have come along in fairly quick succession however. But how could he have been thus virtually ignored for so long?

Stephen Rice in his notes to the recent Mouton: Missa Tu Es Petrus by his Brabant Ensemble described Mouton as being "in the best sense, egregious". Peter Phillips in his notes to this new release by The Tallis Scholars remarks that it was Mouton's apparent distinctiveness, particularly his scoring for the Agnus Dei II in the Missa "Dictes moy toutes voz pensées", which is the centrepiece of the disc, for just three bass voices, which attracted him to recording some of his work. Phillips characterises Mouton as a composer having the mathematical brain of Ockeghem for complexity of construction yet being able to deliver clear melodic lines. In the buzzword of the 21st century he would probably be thus described as being "accessible".

The Missa is based on a chanson of the same name by Loyset Compère for three parts, and which precedes the mass on this set; it's a quite charming little ditty in itself. All three melodies are freely re-used by Mouton in the quite superb mass. There follow five motets, including "Quis dabit oculis", a lament on the death of Anne of Brittany (in passing changing the subject slightly I might note two requiems believed to have been composed and performed for her, on
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