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Du Mont: 'O Mysterium: Motets & Elevations

Magazine article Gramophone

Du Mont: 'O Mysterium: Motets & Elevations

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Du Mont

'O Mysterium: Motets & Elevations pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV' Allemande grave. Ave regina caelorum. Desidero te millies. Jesu dulcedo cordium. Memorare. O aeterne misericors Deus. O dulcissima. O Mysterium. O praecelsum. Quam pulchra es. Sub umbra noctis profundae. Super flumina Babylonis

Ensemble Correspondences / Sebastien Dauce Harmonia Mundi (F) HMC90 2241 (71' * DDD * T/t)


Henri Du Mont was a key figure at the court of Louis XIV. Born in Flanders in 1610, he moved to Paris in his late twenties. From 1643 until his death in 1684 he was organist at the Jesuit church of St Paul in the Marais; in 1672 he was appointed Compositeur de la musique to the chapel royal, having been a sous-maitre since 1663, and he became Maitre de la musique to the queen a year later. This admirable recording consists of five grands motets and six elevations or petits motets, all but one published in the 1680s. There is also an instrumental piece, the 'Allemande grave' from Du Mont's first published collection, the Cantica sacra of 1652: euphonious, beautifully played, with the bassoon pleasantly prominent in the middle of the texture.

The soloists and chorus in the grands motets are complemented by strings and flutes. …

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