Du Mont - O Mysterium (Motets & Elevations for the Chapel of Louis XIV) | Harmonia Mundi HMC902241

Du Mont - O Mysterium (Motets & Elevations for the Chapel of Louis XIV)

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902241

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 6th May 2016



For 20 years (from 1663 to 1683) Henry Du Mont directed the music of the Sun King’s chapel. For the daily Mass there he built up a new repertory consisting of motets for full chorus and more intimate pieces for solo voices. The former aimed to transpose to the context of ‘ordinary’ the format of the large-scale works conceived for extraordinary ceremonies. Sébastien Daucé presents an innovative approach to these grands motets, that at once links specific musical features with historical data, for each of which he adopts a specific instrumental scoring.


Devotion takes many forms, and the private church music of the French royal chapel in the late 17th century cultivated a deeply sensual kind of piety. These motets by the longtime servant of the court, Henry Du Mont, explore a rather limited expressive range with great skill. Their survival is fragmentary and conductor Sébastien Daucé has skilfully rewritten some of the inner parts: his singers include a wonderfully flexible but precise bass and a well-blended ensemble; the fascinating texts include Pierre Perrin’s intense hymn to the Trinity, O Mysterium. Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 5 June 2016

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