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Label:
  Tacet - http://www.tacet.de/
Serial:
  0156-4
Title:
  Bouzignac: Motets - Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Description:
  Guillaume Bouzignac: Motets

Saxon Vocal Ensemble
Matthias Jung
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Genre:
  Classical - Vocal
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
  Hybrid
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Site review by Polly Nomial October 3, 2007
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Review by Cornan October 6, 2007 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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When I first read about Tacet's "Real Surround" technique, with separate parts of the chorus dedicated to individual loudspeakers, even I (a very liberal thinker with regard to deploying surround channels) was dubious.

However, the results in this case are simply gorgeous.

The "Real Surround" arrangement of vocal forces changes track by track, and given the substantial reverbertion (and perhaps the mixing) one always hears an ensemble sound.

The music of Bouzignac and the performance on this SACD is a revelation.

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Review by JJ September 21, 2007 (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
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Absent des dictionnaires et autres encyclopédies, Guillaume Bouzignac (vers 1587-et après 1643) demeure aujourd'hui encore mystérieux. Les recherches musicologiques sur sa vie et son activité restent nimbées d'approximation et c'est avec le sentiment d'être en face d'une véritable énigme que les musicologues se sont penchés sur un compositeur dont l'œuvre fut reconnue en son temps. C'est dans le domaine du motet, de la chanson et de la messe que Bouzignac s'affirma avec une originalité, un style à part. Dans la vingtaine de motets en latin enregistrée ici, le compositeur français délaisse la basse continue pour un "dramatisme" fragmenté. Originaire du Languedoc, il débuta sa carrière à l'école de chœur de la cathédrale où, comme le souligne Gregor Hermann, "le centre culturel musical de la ville proposait à une douzaine de jeunes garçons possédant une jolie voix, des leçons de lecture et d'écriture, de latin et de chant pour le choral grégorien et le répertoire à plusieurs voix de la polyphonie vocale". L'ensemble vocal de Saxe, fondé en 1996, placé sous la direction de Matthias Jung est d'une beauté de timbre époustouflante. La grâce qu'il dégage tout au long de ces motets, au cœur même d'un équilibre exemplaire, renforce la puissance évocatrice du chant. La clarté de l'articulation est également à saluer. Mais ce qui rend cet enregistrement incontournable, c'est l'émotion omniprésente que dégagent ces pièces chorales. Pas une seconde elle ne retombe, pour notre plus grand plaisir. Il est temps, à l'écoute de ce SACD à la prise de son de grande qualité, en stéréo ou en multicanal, de découvrir un compositeur attachant qui hantera longtemps les mémoires.

Jean-Jacques Millo

Absent from dictionaries and encyclopedias alike, Guillaume Bouzignac (ca. 1587 – after 1643) still today remains mysterious. Musicological research on his life and work remains suffused with approximation, and it is with the sentiment of confronting a veritable enigma that musicologists have examined a composer whose work was recognized in his time. It is in the field of the motet, the song and the mass that Bouzignac made his mark with originality and a distinctive style. In the twenty Latin motets recorded here, the French composer abandons the bass continuo for a fragmented “dramatism.” Originally from Languedoc, he started his career at the cathedral choral school, where, as Gregor Hermann notes, “the cultural musical center of the town proposed to a dozen young boys, who had a good voice, lessons in reading and writing Latin, and singing Gregorian chorals and the multi-voiced polyphonic repertory.” The Saxe vocal ensemble, founded in 1996, under the direction of Matthias Jung, possesses astounding vocal tone. The grace it displays throughout these motets, amidst the most exemplary sense of balance, reinforces the evocative power of the singing. The clarity of articulation is also to be applauded. But, what makes this recording essential is the omnipresent emotion these choral pieces radiate. Gripping throughout, they are also a pleasure to hear. Now is the time, listening to this SACD superbly recorded in stereo and in surround, to discover a captivating composer who will haunt one’s memory for a long time to come.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation: Lawrence Schulman

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