- Mes pensées ne me lessent une heure, chanson for 3 voices
- Au travail suis sans espoir de confort, chanson for 3 voices
- Ung franc archier, chanson for 4 voices
- Une plaisant fillette ung matin se leva, chanson for 4 voices
- Tant ay d'ennuy - O vos omnes, motet-chanson for 3 voices
Flemish Renaissance composer Loyset Compère (ca. 1445-1518) was long relegated to the category of Josquin's lesser contemporaries. Since Josquin's birthdate was pushed forward into the late 1450s, however, he has emerged as a composer to take a fresh look at: his style does resemble Josquin's, but it may be that he came up with some of it first. The program contains a substantial "Magnificat primi toni," full of the ingenious contrapuntal devices that characterize Josquin's larger works. Then come seven seemingly artless French chansons in three or four voices, counterparts to Josquin's secular pieces in French and Italian, and very nearly as entertaining. The program ends with a motet that may or may not be by Compère and somewhat breaks the mood in either case. But the singing of the Orlando Consort, too small in the "Magnificat," clearly brings out the text and conveys engagement with the music. The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex, offers a fine sound environment. This is a release that should be in good collections of music of the High Renaissance.