Janequin: Le chant des oyseaux (CD)

Harmonia Mundi
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Ensemble Clément Janequin

'In the 16th century birdsong certainly constituted an essential aspect of that broad stream of natural imitations wjich runs through the muysical aestheetics of the Humanist Age: Human or Artificial Music hearkened to Naural Music in an effort to copy it and thereby to raise itself to the summits of Parnassus .... [] Janequi never lost his taste for bird-song, from the first attempts of 120s down to the last chansons of the 1550s. It is at the very core of his creative activity, at the heart of that poetic-musical game, the polyphonic chanson' (J-P Ouvrard). This recording has never left the harkmonia mundi catalogue in nearly thirty years, and is still regarded as a benchmark!