Desprez - Tant vous aime | Ricercar RIC436

Desprez - Tant vous aime


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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC436

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th May 2022



Josquin Desprez, princeps musicorum, the prince of musicians, as his contemporaries called him, is best known today for his sacred works, the masses and motets, which have been widely performed and recorded. Surprisingly, his chansons have received little attention from performers, except for the pieces for five and six voices, printed after his death by the Antwerp publisher Tilman Susato in his seventh book of 1545. Doulce Mémoire has chosen to focus on the chansons for three and four voices, which are probably the earliest in the Hainault master’s output; with their diversity of language and themes (sometimes folk-derived), these songs constitute a varied programme that is at once serious and bawdy, a testament to the unequalled art of Josquin Desprez.


This new album from Doulce Mémoire – the first since their unforgettably superb ‘Leonardo da Vinci: La musique secrète’ (Alpha, 7/19) – largely explores songs from Josquin’s French years. ... There’s so much to explore here, especially among the French songs, and it’s supported by a superbly informative note by David Fallows. This could be one of my favourite secular Josquin discs in recent years.  Edward Breen
Gramophone July 2022
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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