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Maillard: Missa Je suis déshéritée & Motets

The Marian Consort , Maillard , Rory McCleery Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Rory McCleery
  • Composer: Maillard
  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delphian
  • ASIN: B00ELU7850
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Laudate Dominum 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Je suis de?she?rite?e 1:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Missa Je suis de?she?rite?e: Kyrie 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Omnes gentes attendite 4:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Missa Je suis de?she?rite?e: Gloria 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Missa Je suis de?she?rite?e: Credo 6:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ascendo ad Patrem meum 4:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Missa Je suis de?she?rite?e: Sanctus & Benedictus 5:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fratres mei elongaverunt 4:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Missa Je suis de?she?rite?e: Agnus Dei 3:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Hodie Maria virgo 3:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. In pace 5:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Assumpta est Maria 4:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gaudent in caelis 4:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. In me transierunt 4:44£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Jean Maillard's life is shrouded in mystery, and his music is rarely heard today. Yet in his own time his works were both influential and widely known: indeed, the musicologist François Lesure held him to be one of the most important French composers of his era. Who better, then, than Rory McCleery's Marian Consort to give this composer's rich and varied output its first dedicated recording? Their characteristically precise and yet impassioned performances bring out both the network of influence in which Maillard's music participated its Josquin-esque pedigree, and influence on successors including Lassus and Palestrina and its striking, individual beauty.

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'The pioneering Marian Consort presents the first disc completely dedicated to this musical man of mystery with their characteristic delicacy of phrasing and excellent ensemble...' --Choir and Organ

The four voices are beautifully matched and balanced one with the other, and their naturally warm timbres are enhanced by inch perfect judgement of the acoustic in Merton College Chapel, Oxford...There is plenty more music by Maillard awaiting attention. This relishable CD strongly suggests we should be hearing it. Perf **** / Rec ***** --BBC Music Magazine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, even lovelier vocal sound 10 Oct 2013
By RCW
Format:Audio CD
Having never come across the music of Jean Maillard, I was intrigued to discover this latest disc from the Marian Consort, whose previous CDs I have enjoyed greatly ([ASIN:B009TW1D2O An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music from the Dow Partbooks] and [ASIN:B004G29TWS O Virgo Benedicta: Music Of Marian Devotion From Spain's Century Of Gold]).

The disc ranges from the elegant simplicity of Jean Maillard's Mass to a selection of beautiful motets, some resolutely upbeat and others more quietly reflective, through to the heart-rending sorrow of 'Fratres mei elongaverunt'.

I bought this CD after reading several glowing reviews, including 4 stars in both The Times and The Guardian newspapers. The recorded sound is excellent and the quality of the singing is second to none. This group is clearly one to watch out for. The balance between the voices is, for my taste, perfect and it is nice to hear the music being performed at its original pitch (evident from some of the facsimile pages shown in the excellent booklet accompanying the CD) with two sopranos, as opposed to the recent trend for downward transposition and all male singers, which for my taste produces a very muddy texture. The sound of the sopranos is pure, yet has come colour to it, entirely appropriate for this characterful music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, not so lovely vocal sound 7 Oct 2013
By Stephen Midgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Here's another discovery - a very fine renaissance composer, mentioned in complimentary terms in music histories but scarcely heard for the past 450 years or so. Jean Maillard was a member of that great school of Franco-Flemish musicians of the post-Josquin generation, who collectively constitute one of the magnificent high points of European music. And, judging by the works on the present disc, his music was every bit as fine as that of his hitherto better-known contemporaries.

The most substantial work offered here is the parody Mass "Je suis déshéritée". Maillard was one of several renaissance composers to base a Mass upon this chanson, which was probably composed by Pierre Cadéac - a sad, graceful and memorable love song (I am deprived since I lost my friend/lover, he has left me so alone .....). Maillard's Mass is a lovely and impressive work, helpfully preceded on this CD by the chanson itself; we also hear, interspersed between the Mass movements, a considerable and well-organised selection of Maillard's motets. There are some very fine works among them, of which I especially liked "Laudate Dominum" (track 1), "Ascendo ad Patrem meum" (8), "Hodie Maria virgo" (12), "In pace" (13) and "In me transierunt" (16). For purposes of comparison, the Frenchman's music has something of the melodic beauty and contrapuntal lucidity of Clemens non Papa, and it seems to me entirely worthy of comparison with the likes of other contemporaries such as Arcadelt, De Rore, Crecquillon, Phinot or Manchicourt.

The Marian Consort are a very able ensemble of seven voices in all, singing one voice to a part. However, as with a previous disc from them (
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, not so lovely vocal sound 7 Oct 2013
By Stephen Midgley - Published on Amazon.com
Here's another discovery - a very fine renaissance composer, mentioned in complimentary terms in music histories but scarcely heard for the past 450 years or so. Jean Maillard was a member of that great school of Franco-Flemish musicians of the post-Josquin generation, who collectively constitute one of the magnificent high points of European music. And, judging by the works on the present disc, his music was every bit as fine as that of his hitherto better-known contemporaries.

The most substantial work offered here is the parody Mass "Je suis déshéritée". Maillard was one of several renaissance composers to base a Mass upon this chanson, which was probably composed by Pierre Cadéac - a sad, graceful and memorable love song (I am deprived since I lost my friend/lover, he has left me so alone .....). Maillard's Mass is a lovely and impressive work, helpfully preceded on this CD by the chanson itself; we also hear, interspersed between the Mass movements, a considerable and well-organised selection of Maillard's motets. There are some very fine works among them, of which I especially liked "Laudate Dominum" (track 1), "Ascendo ad Patrem meum" (8), "Hodie Maria virgo" (12), "In pace" (13) and "In me transierunt" (16). For purposes of comparison, the Frenchman's music has something of the melodic beauty and contrapuntal lucidity of Clemens non Papa, and it seems to me entirely worthy of comparison with the likes of other contemporaries such as Arcadelt, De Rore, Crecquillon, Phinot or Manchicourt.

The Marian Consort are a very able ensemble of seven voices in all, singing one voice to a part. However, as with a previous disc from them (An Emerald in a Work of Gold: Music From the Dow), I found their treble-oriented vocal balance hard to listen to. Their two sopranos have very fine voices - one, however, with a bit too much vibrato in this music for my liking - but these two voices dominate the texture to such an extent that the lower voices just do not get a fair hearing. Presumably this must be the group's own choice and that of their director, countertenor Rory McCleery; or is it perhaps also a result of the voices being too closely recorded in an effort to minimise the occasional background rumble of traffic noise outside Oxford's Merton College Chapel?

Whatever the reasons, the result is a top-heavy, thin-textured overall vocal sound which I found wearisome to listen to. This is a great pity since, in all other respects, the singers of the Marian Consort bring impressive qualities to these performances including excellent period style, careful preparation, precision, commitment and sensitivity to the texts. McCleery's own notes on composer, music and background are excellent and informative, the booklet is attractively produced and illustrated, and in nearly all respects this is a highly enterprising and worthwhile project. But that thin vocal sound, instantly apparent from the very start of the first track, is pervasive and inescapable, hence the disappointing score of three stars.

Dedicated enthusiasts of Renaissance polyphony may well want the disc anyway, especially since Jean Maillard clearly made a significant contribution to the music of his era and, at the time of writing, there has been no other recording of his work. But, because of the problems I've described, I doubt if it will win many new converts to the Franco-Flemish cause. Other listeners may be able to get on with the sound better than I do; so, if you take a more lenient view, can readily live with that vocal balance and would care to tell me I'm writing nonsense, I'd welcome your comments!
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