Dominique Visse and his group Ensemble Clément Janequin have been involved in many outstanding projects over the years, but this 2002 Harmonia Mundi recording has to be one of the most spectacular; the Missa "Et ecce terrae motus" (aka, "The Earthquake Mass") of Antoine Brumel. Brumel is one of many mid-renaissance composers whose reputations are so far overshadowed by Josquin Desprez that – like Rodney Dangerfield – they "just don't get no respect." In Brumel's own time, however, he was considered one of Josquin's equals and his death in 1512 was widely observed in a number of "déplorations." Although the mass itself survives in only a single manuscript copy, it bears the signatures of singers who revived the work in Munich in 1570 – probably close to a century after it was first given – and among them is a bass named Orlandus Lassus.
“I just went scrounging”, mumbles Tukur nonchalantly, as though he hadn’t amassed a 78 rpm collection of this music numbering some 2000 records and hadn’t acquired a vast knowledge of the material. “The main thing was finding songs whose melodies I liked and which had to do with night in some poetic and beautiful way. And, naturally, I had to be able to sing them. After all, I don’t have a big, trained voice. It isn’t particularly well suited to big band numbers, alas, but it is quite a good fit for the chansons and cabaret pieces from the first half of the last century.”