Album: Pierre Bouteiller, Requiem pour Voix d'Hommes – Niquet (Glossa)

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Pierre Bouteiller's Missa pro Defunctis was preserved after his death by the composer Sébastien de Brossard, whose Italianate Stabat Mater, along with various instrumental Méditations and an improvised Elévation for organ, completes Hervé Niquet's reconstructed Requiem Mass.

In line with 17th-century performance practice, the dessus line is sung down an octave, leaving Le Concert Spirituel's febrile hautes-contres flapping like fish on a quayside. The viol and organ playing is superlative, but the consort singing is poor.