Begin by highlighting the variety of topics covered by the songs on this disc: prayers, drinking songs, defrocked monks, celebration of spring, love ballads, bawdy nights ... This panorama of the music of the fifteenth and sixteenth century reminds us how Point the French elite of the time was fine as far as "coarse" (by today's standards). Thus, a poem by Du Bellay, set to music by Lassus, he precedes a song by the same composer, dealing this time a monk trying to ... "do intimate knowledge" with a nun. What contrasts!
Note also that the counterpoint (melodies overlay) is already sophisticated, since it is not uncommon for each of the 4 voices have an independent melodic line of the other 3, although the imitation processes are ubiquitous.
Let's input: all the songs do not have the same interest. "Birdsong" from Jannequin is, for example, boring from the first listen, especially as the proliferation of onomatopoeia tends to perplex the listener of the early twenty-first century. Conversely, "From the time I was in love", "Its great beauty", "Belle who hold my life" or "Stop a bit my heart" never cease to amaze me. It must still admit that this musical style, we do not usually hear, sometimes gives the impression of being repetitive, which makes listening to the first to the last track somewhat long. But as we replay the disc, we realize the wealth and quality of the pieces, perfectly interpreted by the addition of angelic see "Scholars of London". And even if the book is more stripped (an introductory page in English, followed by the text of the songs), I do not regret having tried the experiment of Renaissance music for this record, the lowest price at that.