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Moulu: Missa Alma Redemptoris (Missa Missus Est Gabriel Angelus/ Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater) [CD]

Brabant Ensemble , Moulu , Rice Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Rice
  • Composer: Moulu
  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B003C1SQ1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mater Floreat, 4vv
2. Kyrie
3. Gloria
4. Credo
5. Sanctus and Benedictus
6. Agnus Dei
7. Missus Est Gabriel Angelus
8. In Pace
9. Kyrie
10. Gloria
11. Credo
12. Sanctus and Benedictus
13. Agnus Dei
14. Kyrie
15. Agnus Dei

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Moulu's idiom is pleasingly inventive and immediately engaging.As to the performances, they work very nicely. Editors choice --Gramophone,July 2010

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The Brabant Ensemble - Stephen Rice, direction

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise 20 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was buying another disc from Amazon and this one was highlighted as one I might like. I bought it on impulse, not knowing what to expect, and was delighted with the disc. Wonderful music, and completely new to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent disc 16 Sep 2010
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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This is another really good disc from the Brabant Ensemble. They have a mission to explore the work of neglected composers of the early to mid 16th Century and their outstanding previous discs of works by Crecquillon, Phinot and others have shown that there is a wealth of wonderful music of the period waiting to be recorded and this disc is just as good as any they have so far made. Moulu (whose name was completely new to me) is a thoroughly obscure figure from the early 1500s about whom almost nothing is now known but whose work was sufficiently well regarded by his contemporaries to have been included in several printed sources, so some at least has survived. And thank heavens it has, because the two masses, the motet and the responsory offered here are really fine and very beautiful works. They are enhanced here by Stephen Rice's excellent notes, which take the listener into the heart of the music's construction and show what wonderful feats of composition they are.

The singing of the Brabant Ensemble is excellent, as we have now come to expect. They are technically flawless and have a very good blend. Combined with rather a resonant acoustic this creates a full, rich sound in which every part is clearly audible but combines to make a very beautiful whole. They are now widely considered to be among the finest ensembles in this repertoire and they fully live up to that reputation on this disc.

Hyperion's recorded sound is (of course) excellent and the presentation very attractive. It's a cracking recording all round and I recommend it in the warmest terms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moulu who? 25 Jan 2012
By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Pierre Moulu is one of a long list of composers of the Franco-Flemish school only now coming out from the shadows of more famous names. This, the first disc dedicated (almost) entirely to his music continues the founding aim of The Brabant Ensemble to record the lesser known music of the school.

The core programme is of two masses, the Missa "Missus est Gabriel angelus" based around Josquin's motet of the same name, here sung after the mass, and the Missa "Alma redemptoris mater". This latter survived through being held up by music theorists as an interesting curiosity of a work which can be sung in either a shorter or longer version via the inclusion or omission of rests - there is thus quite a mathematical complexity and cleverness to it to accommodate this. The Ordinaries are here sung in their shorter versions, followed by longer versions of the Kyrie and Agnus Dei. The programme is completed by the motet "Mater floreat" and Compline responsory "In pace".

As expected this is a thoroughly decent ensemble performance by the Brabants. A bit of a deficiency in the sound quality to my ears, slightly lacking sharpness and sibilants hissing, and for my personal taste a bit too heavy on the female voices (three sopranos, plus all four altos are female, against only two each tenors and bass) and set a bit high - like some other ensembles I guess it's adjusted to suit the sopranos, but perhaps it's what the paying punters like for the most part.

The booklet provides good notes by director Stephen Rice, plus full sung texts with translations.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pierre Who (?1484 - circa 1550) 2 Jun 2010
By Giordano Bruno - Published on Amazon.com
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That more or less summarizes our knowledge of Pierre Moulu the man. It's probable that he was French, it's possible that he was associated with various Parisian composers, it's a wild guess that he was a cleric in the diocese of Meaux, but it's certain that he was known to the celebrated composer Jean Mouton, since Mouton included examples of Moulu's work in The Medici Codex of 1518. In fact, some twenty motets, ten chansons and five masses of Moulu's have survived in various manuscripts and printed sources. You'll find his music, especially the motet 'Mater floreat' included on various CDs of Renaissance polyphony, but this is the first CD devoted entirely to him. And it's a fine one! Like a baseball rookie who hits a home run in his first at bat, Pierre Moulu is batting 1000!

Strangely, Moulu's "Missa alma redemptoris mater" has enjoyed a kind of fame among musicologists, both in his own era and in modern times beginning in the 1870s, yet few if any of those musicologists had any occasion to HEAR it. The mass is one of the mathematical wonders of Renaissance polyphony, composed so that it can be performed two ways from the same notation. To sing it in the brief form, the choice on this CD, the singers need to omit all rests of a semibreve or longer. The full form requires the singers to heed those rests; two movements sung in that manner are also included on this CD. Like many intellectually 'challenging' compositions of the Renaissance, this mass provides a solution to the puzzle in the form of a rubric: "Tolle moras placido maneant suspiru cantu" meaning roughly "remove the rests, let the breaths stay calm". But I can assure you that no mere listener, either in 1510 or in 2010, could have perceived the mathematical manipulation in this music! There's nothing odd about the way to flows from the mouths of singers to the ears of an audience; it's a serenely lovely mass reminiscent in style of Josquin. All the skill and labor of the composition were for the 'amusement' of Moulu's fellow musicians ... and perhaps in Moulu's mind, for God, whose divine aesthetics were pleased by mathematical conundrums.

Judging by the two movements sung with the rests in place, I suspect that I'd prefer the whole mass in its long form and I wish it had been sung that way on the CD. But that's my only, very minor objection to this splendid performance.

The other mass recorded here - Missa Missus est Gabriel angelus - is actually more striking in its musical eloquence for the mere listener. Based on a short motet by Josquin, this mass supports the assertion that Moulu was one of Josquin's favored students. If so, the teacher had reason to be proud; the mass is worthy of the master. Though no composer of Josquin's or Moulu's era conceived his music in terms of a concert program, the disciples of Josquin 'unified' the disparate movements of the mass in such a way that their masses 'succeed' as concerts in our times. Moulu's Gabriel mass is exceptionally sweet yet builds its dramatic repetitions of short themes toward an austerely affective climax.

The Brabant Ensemble has developed! This new recording is markedly more polished than any previous release from them. With women singing both the soprano and alto parts, the Brabants sound quite a lot like the Tallis Scholars at their very best. Frankly, I like their resonance more than the Tallis sound, and their ensemble technique is very clean. I haven't seen the scores of the Moulu masses, but I assume that the Brabant Ensemble, like the Tallis scholars, have transposed the music up to accommodate their women's ranges. If so, my only gripe would be that they should declare such a transposition in the notes; otherwise I'm satisfied with the results. I've begun to think that such transposition serves another purpose besides convenience for the singers; it renders this music more appealing and expressive to modern ears accustomed to baroque and romantic vocality.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent disc 17 Mar 2011
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is another really good disc from the Brabant Ensemble. They have a mission to explore the work of neglected composers of the early to mid 16th Century and their outstanding previous discs of works by Crecquillon, Phinot and others have shown that there is a wealth of wonderful music of the period waiting to be recorded and this disc is just as good as any they have so far made. Moulu (whose name was completely new to me) is a thoroughly obscure figure from the early 1500s about whom almost nothing is now known but whose work was sufficiently well regarded by his contemporaries to have been included in several printed sources, so some at least has survived. And thank heavens it has, because the two masses, the motet and the responsory offered here are really fine and very beautiful works. They are enhanced here by Stephen Rice's excellent notes, which take the listener into the heart of the music's construction and show what wonderful feats of composition they are.

The singing of the Brabant Ensemble is excellent, as we have now come to expect. They are technically flawless and have a very good blend. Combined with rather a resonant acoustic this creates a full, rich sound in which every part is clearly audible but combines to make a very beautiful whole. They are now widely considered to be among the finest ensembles in this repertoire and they fully live up to that reputation on this disc.

Hyperion's recorded sound is (of course) excellent and the presentation very attractive. It's a cracking recording all round and I recommend it in the warmest terms.
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