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Track(s) taken from CDA67933

Factum est silentium

author of text
derived from Antiphons for the Feast of St Michael, and from Psalm 148

The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
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Recording details: August 2011
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Antony Pitts
Engineered by Justin Lowe
Release date: June 2012
Total duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Cover artwork: Christ's Charge to Peter by Raphael (1483-1520)
Victoria & Albert Museum, London / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'This gorgeous album presents all the works for eight voices which are certainly attributable to Mouton, plus one for five and two for four voices … these pieces are refreshingly airy and transparent. Mouton's exquisite music and The Brabant Ensemble's graceful performances are well-served by Antony Pitts' production and the acoustic of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford … highly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This outstanding disc by the youthful Brabant Ensemble, accomplished specialists in this repertoire … the Brabant's singing throughout is polished, flexible, lean and—exactly what you want here—transcendent' (The Observer)

'Mouton is given due attention and polish in these performances by The Brabant Ensemble. Such ingeniously structured pieces as the motet Nesciens mater are impressive in their richness of texture, and the main work, the Missa Tu es Petrus, deploys the voices in expressively fluent counterpoint' (The Daily Telegraph)

'The lucidity of both The Brabant Ensemble's singing and Rice's direction is hugely accomplished … [Missa Tu es Petrus is] a work of radiance and clarity … strikingly well sung … Hyperion is still setting the standard in this infinitely rewarding repertory' (International Record Review)
Factum est silentium is an extended and dramatic treatment of the Michaelmas story of the archangel’s fight with the dragon. Mouton takes every opportunity to paint the story in vivid terms, with striking use of homophony in several places, as well as contrapuntal skill and very varied harmony for this period.

from notes by Stephen Rice © 2012

Factum est silentium est une longue et théâtrale évocation du combat opposant l’archange saint Michel au dragon. Mouton ne manque pas une occasion de peindre ce récit en termes vivants avec, en plusieurs endroits, un saisissant usage de l’homophonie, joint à un savant contrepoint et à une harmonie très variée pour l’époque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Rice © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Factum est silentium ist eine ausgedehnte und dramatische Behandlung der Geschichte des Kampfes des Erzengels Michael mit dem Drachen. Mouton nimmt jede Gelegenheit wahr, die Geschichte plastisch darzustellen, wobei er an mehreren Stellen sehr wirkungsvoll mit einem homophonen Satz arbeitet, jedoch auch sein kontrapunktisches Geschick und eine für seine Zeit äußerst abwechslungsreiche Harmonik zum Ausdruck bringt.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Rice © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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