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listen  1. Compère: Dictes moy toutes voz pensées 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées: Kyrie: Kyrie 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées: Gloria: Gloria 7:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées: Credo: Credo 9:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées: Sanctus & Benedictus: Sanctus & Benedictus 9:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mouton: Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensées: Agnus Dei I, II, & III: Agnus Dei I, II, & III 7:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mouton: Quis dabit oculis? (Lament for Anna) 8:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mouton: Ave Maria ... benedicta tu 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mouton: Salva nos, Domine 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mouton: Ave Maria ... virgo serena 9:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mouton: Nesciens mater 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Tallis Scholars
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Composer: Jean Mouton
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: GIMELL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Tallis Scholars conductor Peter Phillips discovered the music of Jean Mouton, he was struck by the composer's unique musical language. Mouton was employed for most of his life at the French courts. His compositions underpin an incredible lyricism and sweetness of tone with music of the utmost in mathematical complexity. This combination was almost unparalleled and led Mouton to be routinely compared with Josquin in his lifetime. The most substantial work on the CD is Mouton's Missa Dictes moy toutes voz pensees. This piece stands out from the composers' other fourteen masses by having an Agnus Dei scored for three basses alone. There is no other music from the Renaissance period that we know of that was scored this way. The disc also includes the motet Quis dabit oculis, written as a funeral motet for his patron Queen Anne of Brittany and a work that stands out for its simplicity.

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Perfect singing of profoundly beautiful music.
David A. Pitt
Well balanced, it is incredible to hear the low bass line with an impressive blend of all voice above to give a rich sound.
The four Mouton motets that fill out this CD are certainly excellent pieces, slightly overshadowed by the Mass.
Giordano Bruno

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on October 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
How strange are the ways of the recording companies - but perhaps understandably, as I'll explain in a moment. Jean Mouton was one of the great composers of the Franco-Flemish school, yet there had not been a recording exclusively devoted to his music for at least ten years, and even before that only one as far as I know. And now two come along within a few months of one another - the Brabant Ensemble's wonderful CD of Mouton: Missa Tu es Petrus and this present disc from the Tallis Scholars (update: see Richard Bell's comment below).

This consists of Mouton's fine paraphrase mass based on Loyset Compère's rondeau "Dictes moy toutes voz pensées", together with an impressive collection of five motets. Compère's gently plaintive 3-part song, the opening item on the disc, makes an intriguing model for the Mass. The latter boasts a rich texture from the very start, with the lower voices sounding especially prominent here and at various other points. Throughout the work, Mouton shows seemingly boundless imagination and ingenuity in reworking the motifs of Compère's song, just as is the case with his treatment of the cantus firmus theme in the Missa Tu es Petrus. All this is performed most beautifully by Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars - who have been slimming down a bit in recent years, singing two voices per part for most of the works here, and OVPP for the last item, the 8-voice "Nesciens Mater". Their singing has a lovely, well-balanced texture - as at the start of the Sanctus, to take just one example - while the middle section of Mouton's Agnus Dei, again dominated by the low voices, is remarkable and, once more, quite beautifully sung here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 16, 2012
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The Tallis Scholars are invariably excellent (I have loved their recordings for over thirty years now), but every so often they release a disc which is truly exceptional even by their own stellar standards. This is one of them. Mouton's music is rich, distinctive and astonishingly beautiful, featuring a serenity and sweetness of tone seldom matched in Renaissance polyphony but never becomes bland or monotonous because Mouton varies his mood and effects so cleverly that there is always variety and something new to keep the ear interested and - for me, anyway - often spellbound.

The mass setting here is really excellent, with Mouton's ingenious use of Compere's chanson Dittez moy as a basis binding it together beautifully and keeping even the long movements fresh and interesting throughout. The motets are also terrific, with the amazing setting of Ave maria...virgo serena showing hints that Mouton occasionally came close to Josquin's genius in composition.

The disc ends with Mouton's only well-known work, the fabulously beautiful Nesciens mater. I already have three dearly-loved versions but this may well be my favourite. Sung one to a part, it has a spare clarity which allows it to really shine. As Dorothy L. Sayers said of Dante's Divine Comedy, it has a lasting beauty being built on noble bones and here the Tallis Scholars allow that innate beauty to shine. This is true throughout the disc, which has a deeper, more resonant sound than some Tallis Scholars recordings. The top lines in the mass and two of the motets are taken by the altos and Donald Greig, a stalwart bass of the ensemble, here sings the baritone part which gives an idea of the often lower pitch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on November 27, 2012
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Founded in 1973, The Tallis Scholars are both the Big Dog and the Old Dog among Early Music vocal ensembles. The members of the venerable ensemble have remained constant and the ensemble's style has seemed as immutable as Stonehenge. After all, why mess with success?

Why indeed? One reason might be the urge to be better. To grow. To produce the best performance of a nearly-forty-year career. And they've done it! This is the best performance of Franco-Flemish polyphony The Tallis Scholars have ever recorded. "The Rockies may tumble, Gibraltar may crumble, they've only made of clay," but I truly thought The Tallis Scholars would never vary from their formula of using high sopranos and women altos, transposing their repertoire upwards to suit those voices, and submerging their tenors and baritones in a monochromatic monophonic "Cathedral Choir" muddle.

You'll hear the "new tricks" within the first few bars of the first track on this CD, their performance of the three-voice chanson "Dictes moy toutes voz pensées" (Tell me all your thoughts) by Loyset Compère (1445-1518). Great Scott, they're singing one-voice-per-part! And the superius is a male alto! I'd better confirm that by looking at the notes! Yes, it's true! The trio consists of Patrick Craig, Christopher Watson, and Rob Macdonald .. and they're high-flying über-HIPP!

OVPP has never played much of a role in Tallis Scholars performances, but you'll hear it again on the final track of this CD, the eight-voice motet "Nesciens Mater" by Jean Mouton (c.1459-1522), which Tallismeister Peter Phillips proclaims to be "one of the most incredible masterpieces of the era.
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