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French Chansons

[1] Faute d'argent - Josquin Desprez (c. 1440-1521)

[2] Mille regretz - Josquin Desprez (c. 1440-1521)

[3] Le chant des oiseaux - Clement Jannequin (c. 1485-1558)

[4] Je ne le croy - Pierre Sandrin (fi. 1538-61 )

[5] Or vien ?ºa - Clement Jannequin (c. 1485-1558)

[6] Aime qui vouldra - Nicolas Gombert (c. 1500-56)

[7] Quand je suis aupres - Nicolas Gombert (c. 1500-56)

[8] Tant que vivrai - Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

[9] Venez, regrets - Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

[10] La, la, maistre Pierre - Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

[11] En ce mois delicieux - Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1505-68)

[12] Margot, labourez les vignes - Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1505-68)

[13] Du temps que j'estois amoureux - Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1505-68)

[14] Sa grand beaute - Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1505-68)

[15] Belle qui tiens ma vie - Jehan Tabourot (1520-95)

[16] Vray Dieu - Vassal

[17] Pri?¿re devant le repas - Jacob Clemens (c. 1515-c. 1556)

[18] Action des Graces - Jacob Clemens (c. 1515-c. 1556)

[19] Il est bel et bon - Pierre Passereau (fl. 1509-47)

[20] Ce n'est que fiel - Claude Le Jeune (c. 1530-1600)

[21] Bonjour mon coeur - Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

[22] Si je suis brun - Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

[23] Beau le cristal - Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

[24] La nuit froide - Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

[25] Un jeune moine - Orlande de Lassus (1532-94)

[26] De nuit, le bien - Antoine de Bertrand (fi. 1561-82)

[27] Arr?¬te un peu mon coeur - Guillaume Costely (c. 1530-1606)

This recording comprises a representative selection from the thousands ofFrench polyphonic songs or Chansons which were composed during the 16thcentury. This type of music, which had much in common with the Italian Madrigal

- its composers included - became popular not just in France but all overEurope. The intention here is to celebrate the sheer variety within the genre,ranging from bawdy [25] to bucolic [10], from dance [15], [19] to devotion [17],[18], and from the philosophical [23], [24] to the pleasure [16], [26] and pain[11], [27] of requited or unrequited love.

Chansons had already been composed in the 15th century by earlierFranco-Flemish composers such as Machaut, Dufay, Busnois and Ockeghem, to nameperhaps the four most famous, but the court I y manner of their music and itsverse remained mediaeval in feeling. With the advent of the Age of Humanismhowever, a musical transformation was brought about through the influence of theleading composer of the time, Josquin Desprez, and his innovative compositionaltechniques of voice-leading and imitation. His Faute d'argent [1] is arobust canon between alto and baritone, probably based on a scurrilous popularsong (see also [10] and [12]). Quite different is Mille regretz [2], atantalizingly short but haunting love song, later expanded by Gombert into a6-voice version, on which Morales in turn composed a Parody Mass. Suchborrowing and reworking was a common feature of composition at the time, andmany famous Chansons provided material for masses and dance music. Sermisy,Arcadelt and Lassus were amongst the most frequently honoured in this way.

The music of continental Europe continued to be dominated by composers fromthe region of Flanders (roughly speaking, modern-day Belgium) until well intothe second half of the 16th century. These men pursued international careers -Gombert in Madrid, Arcadelt in Rome, and Lassus in Munich (the only notableexception was Clemens) -and whilst it would be true to say that no composer ofthe time escaped their influence, that is in no way to belittle the achievementor originality of others such as Clement Jannequin, a native of Bordeaux, andcomposer of probably the most famous Chanson of all, [3] Le Chant des oiseaux:the great Gombert himself made a three voice version of it, perhaps for theenjoyment of his colleagues and fellow-countrymen in the Emperor Charles V'sfamous Cappilla Flamenca (Flemish Choir).

A markedly different approach becomes noticeable in some Chansons by theParisian court composers Sermisy and Sandrin. There, a new aesthetic agenda,partly set by progressive poets such as Marot [8] and Ronsard [21], demandedgreater emphasis on the Gallic virtues of charm, simplicity and textual clarityas against the relative obscurity of abstract polyphony. The maturation of thisstyle can be heard in the songs by Le Jeune [20] and Bertrand [26], but theChanson did also continue to develop to a certain extent in a more Madrigaliandirection [27].

The printer Attaignant, followed by Le Roy & Ballard in Paris and Susatoin Antwerp, successfully published hundreds of Chansons in the course of the16th century, causing them to be widely disseminated, and incidentally assuringtheir preservation down to the present day.

(Note and translations by Robin Doveton)

The Scholars of London

Since their professional debut 23 years ago The Scholars have given at least2000 concerts in more than fifty countries, a record which can be rivalled byvery few ensembles in the field of chamber music. In that time they haveperformed in many of the world's most famous concert halls, from the RoyalFestival Hall in London, the Lincoln Center in New York and the opera house inSydney to smaller, more intimate venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London orthe Brahmssaal in Vienna.

The basis of The Scholars' repertoire has always been music from the goldenage of the European renaissance, but they are also actively involved in thecommissioning and performing of new music and their concert programmes rangefrom a single period of musical history to one which covers more than fivehundred years. The Scholars have made many recordings but this CD collection ofFrench Chansons is their first for Naxos.

Disc: 1
Arrete un peu mon coeur
1 Faute d'argent
2 Mille regretz
3 Le chant des oiseaux
4 Je ne le croy
5 Or vien ca
6 Aime qui vouldra
7 Quand je suis aupres
8 Tant que vivrai
9 Venez, regrets
10 La, la, maistre Pierre
11 En ce mois delicieux
12 Margot, labourez les vignes
13 Du temps que j'estois amoureux
14 Sa grand beaute
15 Belle qui tiens ma vie
16 Vray Dieu
17 Priere devant le repas
18 Action des Graces
19 Il est bel et bon
20 Ce n'est que fiel
21 Bonjour mon coeur
22 Si je suis brun
23 Beau le cristal
24 La nuit froide
25 Un jeune moine
26 De nuit, le bien
27 Arrete un peu mon coeur
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