Ensemble Clément Janequin de Paris


Created in Paris in 1978, the Ensemble Clément Janequin performs sacred and secular vocal music of the Renaissance, from Josquin to Monteverdi. Their inimitable performances of the 16th Century French chanson have revealed what is now appreciated to be one of the Golden Ages in the history of French music, their recordings for harmonia mundi, Les cris de Paris, Le chant des oyseaulx, Fricassée parisienne and La chasse being considered as benchmark interpretations. With tremendous appeal to a broad audience, these works by Janequin, Sermizy, Lassus, Lejeune and numerous others abound in the stylistic contrasts so dear to the Renaissance: the touching lyricism of the chanson amoureuse, the earthy humour of the chanson rustique that draws upon popular farce, the sounds of war, nature and street cries - a unique marriage of popular and high Renaissance culture.

The Ensemble Clément Janequin has performed extensively throughout the world, often with the support of Culturesfrance, formerly AFAA. They have performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Cité de la musique in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and are frequent visitors to the Innsbruck Early Music Festival.

In 2007 the Ensemble Clément Janequin took part in a week end of concerts dedicated to Claude Lejeune in his native town of Valenciennes, including several commissions of new works on the theme of Cries. They also be performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the York Early Music Festival, the Styriarte Festival in Graz and the 'Laus Polyphoniae' Festival in Antwerp where they were Ensemble in residence. In the autumn they toured in Spain, Canada and the USA.

In 2008, the Ensemble Clément Janequin will perform in Albi, at the ' Éclats Voix', Maguelone, Musicales de Mortagne and Innsbruck Festivals, in Jaca, Salamanca and San Sebastián in Spain, and in the automne in Liège, Ribeauvillé, the 'Automne en Normandie' Festival with a new work by Philippe Manoury, and will be celebrating its 30th anniversasry in the superb Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris. The Ensemble Clément Janequin has a strong following in Japan where it will return in the 2009 - 2010 season, when it will also make its first appearance in Korea and return to Australia.

The Ensemble’s recordings of sacred music include Mass & Motets by Claude Le Jeune, Psaumes de la Réforme celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Edit de Nantes in 1598, and the astonishing 12 part mass Et ecce terrae motus by Antoine Brumel, which was disc of the month in Gramophone. Their more recent secular music recordings, Canciones y Ensaladas, Une Fête chez Rabelais, Les plaisirs du palais and Autant en emporte le vent (Claude Lejeune) have all won numerous prizes around the world, the Canciones y Ensaladas winning the Gramophone Award in 1998.

In 2008 the Ensemble Clément Janequin will be recording of a programme Cries from the Renaissance to the present day, originally performed at the Phénix Theatre in Valenciennes, and is preparing a programme entirely dedicated to the French Renaissance composer Guillaume Costeley.

May 2008



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