de Févin: Missa Ave Maria & Missa Salve sancta parens (CD)

Hyperion
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CDA68265
Artist:
The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice

The Brabent Ensemble’s latest CD with Hyperion Records presents two Mass settings by another under-exposed composer of the early sixteenth century: Antoine de Févin (c.1470-1511/12), who for the last years of his short life was a singer at the royal chapel of France.

His Missa Ave Maria is one of the very earliest imitation or ‘parody’ Mass settings, based on Josquin des Prez’s famous sequence motet Ave Maria…virgo serena. It is a beautiful piece which shows great sophistication for its early date in reworking Josquin’s model. Missa Salve sancta parens, dating probably from Févin’s younger years, is based on plainchant and shows a facet of his style more akin to composers such as Brumel.

The disc also contains two motets: the famous Sancta Trinitas, which is one of the most widely circulated pieces of its time, and which is given in its original four-voice form as well as a later version with two extra voices composed by Arnold von Bruck (?1500-1554). Also for six voices is the joyful Asceniontide motet Ascendens Christus in altum, which like Missa Ave Maria is strikingly modern in sound.

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Tracklisting:

Antoine de Févin:

Missa Ave Maria

  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus & Benedictus
  5. Agnus Dei

Ascendens Christus in altum

  1. Sancta Trinitas a 4
  2. Sancta Trinitas a 6 additional parts by ARNOLD VON BRUCK (?1500–1554)
  3. CHANT Salve sancta parens

Missa Salve sancta parens

  1. Kyrie
  2. Gloria
  3. Credo
  4. Sanctus & Benedictus
  5. Agnus Dei

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CHRIS' PICKS:

I came upon the music of Antoine de Fevin many years ago, and was so impressed that I have chased down every appearance of his work ever since—pretty thin pickings, on the whole, a motet here and there, and a lovely Missa pro Defunctis …only to find it also attributed to Divitis. But at long last the Brabant Ensemble have made an entire CD of his music, and for that we can only be deeply thankful, because Fevin is one of the greatest of the contemporaries of Josquin, a composer of distinctive and memorable music who needed to be brought in from the margins.

If you are an admirer of the music that was written between about 1480 and 1520—Obrecht, de la Rue, Brumel, Agricola, Mouton, and Isaac, are roughly contemporary—you will love this release. If you have not encountered this repertoire yet, why not start here? The Brabant Ensemble have issued disc after disc of outstanding, and often astounding, neglected repertoire from the early to middle sixteenth century, and this splendid disc continues their stylistic trajectory.

- The Classical Music Collector, Chris Dench