JOSQUIN DESPREZ : THE SEVENTH BOOK OF SONGS
Dominique Visse (countertenor and conductor), Eric Bellocq (lute), Yoan Moulin, (spruce and positive organ)
Ensemble Clément Janequin
THIS YEAR, WE COMMEMORATE 500 YEARS OF THE DEATH OF JOSQUIN DESPREZ, A CHILD OF OUR COUNTRIES, THE MOST FAMOUS COMPOSER OF HIS TIME.
Dominique Visse, with the Ensemble Clément Janequin, has chosen to record a selection of his songs from two major editions of his work, those of Susato from 1545 and Attainant from 1549, for the Ricercar label.
These editions bear witness to the diversity of Josquin's songs, but above all to the melancholy, the pain so often inscribed in his work, and are obviously tributes paid to this great composer, as attested by the two Deplorations on the death of Josquin used for this recording, Musæ Jovis by Nicolas Gombert and O mors inevitabilis by Hieronymus Vinders, both from the Susato edition.
This program, composed of many novelties in the repertoire of the Ensemble Clément Janequin, seeks to make heard the legacy of Josquin, a post-mortem definition of his work in songs, the memory of his musical genius taken in these two editions. . In a way, it is the Lamentation of Dominique Visse and the Ensemble Clément Janequin on the death of Josquin, crowning more than 40 years of exploration of Renaissance song.
Église Saint-Loup, Namur (BE)