Music and Vision homepage


CD Spotlight



'A truly gorgeous recording has just emerged
from the Maîtrise de Caen ... tenderly supportive,
with beautiful clear words, good intonation
and an attractive feel for cadence and phrasing.'

Les Petits Motets de Sébastien de Brossard


Sébastien de Broissard Petits Motets. A truly gorgeous recording has just emerged from the Maîtrise de Caen, one of the first French cities and regions (outside the court of Versailles itself) to take steps in the late 20th century to restore a sacred choral tradition shredded by the French Revolution.

This disc of Les Petits Motets de Sébastien de Brossard (Assai 207582) is not the Maîtrise's first recording - their earlier efforts included some superb boys' singing in, among other things, the Sanctus and Benedictus of Britten's Missa Brevis - but it suggests we should hope for more from this choir whose weekly Saturday concerts under their maître des chanteurs, Robert Weddle, are an essential part of Normandy's musical life.

Brossard (born Caen, 1655-1730) was a Lalande and Purcell contemporary, who outlived his English compatriot by more than three decades. Armed with holy orders, he served three cathedrals : Notre Dame, Strasbourg and Meaux where he was maître de chapelle. On that basis, there should be a lot of his stuff - psalm-based and other motets, masses and penitential oratorios - around, spanning half a century. And what we have here is exquisite.

Continue >>


Copyright © 4 June 2000 Roderic Dunnett, Coventry, UK




 << Music & Vision home              Penderecki >> 

Download realplayer G2 

To listen to the aural illustrations in this review,
you may need to download RealNetworks' realplayer G2.