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Le Cris de Paris: Chansons de Janequin & Sermisy [Import]

Janequin , Ensemble Clement Janequin , Visse Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B0000007I4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Voulez Ouyr Les Cris De Paris - Ens Clement Janequin/Dominique Visse
2. Languir Me Fais
3. Je N'ay Point Plus D'Affection
4. Je N'ay Point Plus D'Affection
5. La, La, Maistre Pierre
6. Ung Mari Se Voulant Coucher
7. Secourez Moy
8. Du Beau Tetin
9. Or Vein Ca
10. La Bataille
11. La Meusniere De Vernon
12. Dont Vient Cela
13. L'amour, La Mort Et La Vie
14. Martin Menoit Son Pourceau
15. Las, Je M'y Plains
16. Au Joly Jeu
17. Joyssance Vous Donneray
18. Au Joly Boys
19. Tu Disoys Que J'en Mourroys

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reissued Now on Musique d'Abord! September 25, 2008
If you have a mental image of the Renaissance as a rollicking time of bawdy humor in rowdy taverns, and yet you are constantly surprised by music of exquisite refinement and intellectuality - Ockeghem, Josquin, Lassus, Palestrina inter alia - then this performance of Parisian chansons from the first half of the 16th Century will rescue you from your disillusionment. Several of these texts are raunchy enough to be sung at any lowlife tavern in Amsterdam then or now, though a few are still delicate enough for public radio.

Clement Janequin and Claudin de Sermisy were extremely well known in their time because of the printing and publication of these and hundreds more of their chansons by Pierre Attaingnant, whose collections reached all corners of Europe. Thus it's obvious that the chanson repertoire was intended for recreational amateur singers, urban middle class people chiefly, the 'new rich' who bought printed music while the aristocracy still preferred exquisite illuminated manuscripts. Both the humor and the sentiment in these would have resonated with such an audience. Make no mistake about the musical sophistication, however; though the demands on the singers are not virtuosic, these chansons are extremely well-composed and imaginative as well as novel in rhythm and counterpoint.

The title chanson - Voulez ouyr les cris de Paris, by Janequin - is one of the earliest pieces of "program" music in European history; it sets in sober polyphony all the shouts and hoots of the peddlers and hawkers in a Parisian street market: Herring! Pickled herring! Peaches! Turnips! Look at my berries, my fine wild berries! Etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sermisy is one of the special ones September 13, 2003
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Steer clear of Jannequin. Sermisy is one of the great melodists. His pieces are emotional testaments. The performance is also wonderful.
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