Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Le Jeune, Claude. (1528-1600) The Treasures of Claude Le Jeune.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: November 2017.
First listen: 13-11-2017.
Second listen: 22-3-2018.
Label: DHM.
Recording dates: July 2013.
Venue: Eglise d'Écoyeux, France.
Sound engineer: Markus Heiland.
Playing Time: 55:18.

Works on this disc:
Selected treasures.

Performed by:
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul van Nevel.

A Franco Flemish composer and a influential composer but much undervalued indeed. This renaissance master's music is of a very high level. The chromatic elements and the counterpoint Le Jeune added to his works, are largely responsible for its warmth and immediacy. Him being fond of experimentation is another spice to the music. These are all encompassing performances in which the Huelgas ensemble hit the right tone and phrasing. The ensemble is so tightly bound together, that there is a mild explosion of colour and intimate involvement. There is also a measured transparency and finely balanced and sweetly moulded choral phrasing that hit base in a good way. Also the textural clarity and poeticism plus the breath of vocal colours makes this a breathtaking performance. Lovely.
Sound is superb and is the performance and recording.

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