Regnard – Las je me plains




Las je me plains de mille et mille


François Regnard


Poésies de P. de Ronsard et autres Poëtes, 1579


(text on site here)
(blog entry here)
(listen to the score here)
(recorded extract here:  source, Utrecht concert on YouTube by Nederlands Kammerkoor)


Another short-ish Regnard setting: though, to be fair, at a slow tempo (as it must be with this text) it reveals itself as a sensitive and substantial piece. The recording by the Netherlands Chamber Choir, under the leadership of the legendary (in early music circles) Paul van Nevel, brings out very effectively the unusually low low-F on which the bassus ends the third section of Regnard’s setting (middle of page 3, about 20 seconds into the recording)! It’s part of a very worthwhile concert from the Pieterskerk, Utrecht, available on YouTube which offers a couple of Regnard’s motets as well – and a substantial helping of earlier polyphony by the undervalued Firminus Caron & by Gaspar van Weerbecke, a distant cousin of the notorious Perkin Warbeck who tried to usurp Henry VII’s throne in a postlude to the Wars of the Roses. (There’s also a lovely radio commentary in Dutch, by a speaker whose voice I could listen to for ages!)













About fattoxxon

Who am I? Lover of all sorts of music - classical, medieval, world (anything from Africa), world-classical (Uzbek & Iraqi magam for instance), and virtually anything that won't be on the music charts... Lover of Ronsard's poetry (obviously) and of sonnets in general. Reader of English, French, Latin & other literature. And who is Fattoxxon? An allusion to an Uzbek singer - pronounce it Patahan, with a very plosive 'P' and a throaty 'h', as in 'khan')

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