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Track(s) taken from CDGIM047

Quis dabit oculis? 'Lament for Anna'

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The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips (conductor)
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Recording details: Unknown
Merton College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Produced by Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2012
Total duration: 8 minutes 35 seconds

Cover artwork: Resting lamb and head of a lamb by Hans Holbein the Younger (c1497-1543)
Kunstmuseum, Basel / AKG-Images, London


'The Apollonian art of the Tallis Scholars seems to have found in Mouton's balanced and masterly counterpoint a language which exactly suits them. As in the past with Palestrina—and perhaps even more with Josquin—their singing thrills; and makes thrilling the rediscovery of a master of masters' (Diapason, France)» More

'The Tallis Scholars and their perfect phrasing have caused a forgotten composer from the Renaissance, Jean Mouton, to be born again' (Classica, France)» More
Such was Mouton’s range of expression that he didn’t need to rely on mathematics to build an atmosphere. The motet Quis dabit oculis? stands out for its simplicity – very few pieces of this period go straight to the heart of the matter with so little fuss. Written as a funeral motet for his patron, Queen Anne of Brittany, Mouton mourns her in slow, utterly dignified and compelling lines that reduce to simple chords where her name (‘Anna’) is mentioned.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2012

Mouton possédait un tel éventail expres­sif qu’il n’avait pas besoin des mathé­matiques pour créer une atmosphère. Le motet Quis dabit oculis? se démarque par sa sim­pli­cité – raris­simes sont les pièces contempor­aines à aller droit au cœur des choses avec si peu de chichis. Dans ce motet funèbre, Mouton pleure sa mécène, la reine Anne de Bretagne, en de lentes lignes envoût­antes, d’une absolue dignité, qui se réduisent à de simples accords à la mention d’«Anna».

extrait des notes rédigées par Peter Phillips © 2012
Français: Gimell

Mouton war allerdings nicht auf die Mathe­matik angewiesen, wenn er eine ausdrucksvolle Atmosphäre erzeugen wollte. Die Motette Quis dabit oculis? ragt aufgrund ihrer Schlichtheit hervor – es gelingt nur sehr wenigen Werken dieser Zeit, in so unkomplizierter Weise direkt zum Kern der Sache zu gelangen. Das Werk entstand als Trauermotette für seine Gönnerin, die Königin Anne de Bretagne. Die Trauer drückt sich durch langsame, würdevolle und fesselnde Linien aus, die sich auf schlichte Akkorde reduzieren, wenn ihr Name („Anna“) genannt wird.

aus dem Begleittext von Peter Phillips © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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