I largely agree with Stephen Midgely's excellent review here. This is another lovely disc from the Brabant Ensemble who continue to rummage in the dusty forgotten corners of the Renaissance repertoire and keep unearthing gems there. Mouton's sublime motet Nesciens mater is deservedly well known and has been recorded a number of times. I'm not sure that I quite share Stephen's unalloyed enthusiasm for the rest of the music, though. It is very good, and the mass setting is a fine one, but I can't say that overall it moves me in quite the same way as, say, their discs of Phinot or Moulu do.
I wonder whether this is also to do with the performance. I fully expected to be writing another unequivocally enthusiastic review of the singing because the Brabants have been fantastic on every disc they've made. Here they still sing very beautifully and are as ever technically flawless, but (and this may just be me) I don't get quite the sense of engagement with the text or the wonderful spirituality which permeates their other discs. I have other versions of Nesciens mater and particularly the one on John Eliot Gardiner's wonderful Pilgrimage to Santiago disc Gardiner: Pilgrimage to Santiago
has a limpid, transporting tenderness about it which isn't quite present here.
The notes, presentation and recorded sound are all, as always, excellent and I am sorry to have gone on and to have sounded critical - this is still a five star disc for me and one which I will play with pleasure for many years, I am sure. It's just that for me it's not quite in the five-star-plus category of most of the Brabants' previous discs, but please don't let me out you off - I'd still recommend it warmly.