CLÉRAMBAULT: Motets for the Royal House of Saint-Louis
This new CD contains works for treble voices composed when Clérambault was organist and music master at a girls school, Saint-Cyr, and, with the exception of the opening "Miserere," were intended as service music for the major feast days of the church year. Clérambault's musical vocabulary consisting of chants, embellishments, gentle dissonances, and solos is blended in imaginative ways. Especially noteworthy is "Factum est silentium" (a motet for the feast of St. Michael) which features the archangel and devil battling on accented and unaccented beats. Throughout, performances by the nine-voiced Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr with either organ or continuo (positive organ and bass viol) are impressive under Emmanuel Mandrin's solid direction. Recommended.