23 chansons d’inspiration religieuse et amoureuse pour découvrir la vitalité de l’anglo-normand, langue de prestige et de culture du XIIIeme siècle.
Duce Creature underlines the influence of the School of Notre-Dame de Paris on the English repertoire of the second half of the 13th century. It demonstrates the particular way in which the English received and modified this innovatory French style. Several original pieces were probably written by local composers; amongst these are the priceless Anglo-Norman motets.
The Anglo-Norman language was imposed by William the Conqueror in 1066 and inspired many literary works of high quality. The smiling mysticism of the period allotted a particular place to the Marian cult, as can be seen from the number of works dedicated to her on this recording. De Caelis has made a particular point of faithfully respecting the pronunciation of the clerks of the period; the ensemble brings both warmth and sensuality to these elegant songs inspired not only by religion, but also by love.
With the financial support of the ADAMI, the SCPP, the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the Département de l’Orne.
Studio SM 2000, D 2851
Recording and production: Jean-Marc Laisné / AMATI
Recording made at the Eglise de Sérigny (61) in 2000
Musical direction: Laurence Brisset
Singers: Laurence Brisset, Raphaèle Kennedy, Catherine Laebens-Makedonsky, Florence Limon, Caroline Tarrit
1 CD – 23 titres
Interprète : Ensemble De Caelis
Durée : 57’08
Date de sortie : Septembre 2000
EAN CD : 3133580128547
« There is much carnality, heat, femininity and sensuality in Laurence Brisset’s ensemble. A touching part of our patrimony that is also part of our forgotten memories. »
Xavier Lacavalerie, 10/2000 (n°2650)
Le Monde de la Musique, Choc
« Through their vocal suppleness and sweetness of line, this ensemble (…) brings out the charm that emanates from the motets and the conductus. … The clarity and richness of the timbres enables us to enjoy the marvels of the composition itself (…) »
Marc Desmet, 02/2001
Classica, recommanded by Classica
« We shivered upon listening to this recording as if we had found a pearl hidden in a box. So much purity and delicacy in one recording deserves some special attention. … De Caelis matches the light of the most richly-coloured stained glass windows and proclaims its identity here. »
Stéphan Perreau, 01/2001
Diapason, 5 diapasons (n°475)
« …visions with the rainbow colours of stained glass. They are the equal in refinement of the American singers of Anonymous IV… »
Roger Tellart, 11/2000
Goldberg Magazine, 5 stars
« The De Caelis ensemble produces a rich sound and fully masters the complicated style of the music. The sound of this French ensemble is sumptuous and technical challenges seem to be child’s play to them…»
Ivan Moody, 05/2001