Guillaume COSTELEY, Mignonne allons voir si la Rose Mignonne allons voir si la Rose

Guillaume Costeley was born in Normandy, most likely in Pont-Audemer, in 1530. He occupied the function of organist at the cathedral of Évreux and also became official composer to Charles IX. The status and quality of Costeley's music warrant his place amongst the principal masters of the Late Renaissance. Although he never abandoned his contrapuntal writing, inherited from his great Franco-Flemish predecessors, his imagination nonetheless led him down paths heretofore little travelled. In spite of being an organist and church musician, it is primarily thanks to his secular oeuvre that he is recognized today, in particular to one piece: the emblematic Mignonne allons voir si la rose, written on a text by Ronsard. Guillaume Costeley composed a large number of 4- and 5-part songs, some of which are descriptive (La prise du Havre), serious and moral, others of rustic content occasionally quite risqué (Grosse garce noire et tendre). Our project will draw on this varied repertoire in order to provide a portrait in sound of this great master of vocal music.

Ludus Modalis  LUDUS MODALIS is a professional ensemble of five to twelve singers formed around the tenor Bruno Boterf. The group focuses principally on polyphonic Renaissance and early-Baroque repertoire, with incursions into contemporary music. Apart from the absence of a conductor in the standard sense, the ensemble's specificity and its "sound blend" are the fruits of thorough-going attention to the parameters of a capella polyphony: the development of an intonation aimed towards achieving a clarity of natural intervals; the attention paid to the text on the basis of the declamation and historical pronunciation; and the richness of the sonority achieved through the use of a variety of vocal timbres and colours, as well as a subtle mix of female, male, and even children's voices. Ludus Modalis has been invited to perform during regular concert seasons and important festivals throughout Europe and Canada.

Nathalie Marec, Annie Dufresne, superius
Sophie Toussaine, Jean-Christophe Clair, contratenor
Bruno Boterf, Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor
François Fauché, bassus
Freddy Eichelberger, harpsichord


Bruno Boterf  After his university musicological studies, BRUNO BOTERF chose to concentrate on singing, rapidly establishing himself alongside the leading musical directors of the Bach cantatas, Handel oratorios, the sacred works of Monteverdi, Cavalli, Mozart and Rossini. At the same time, he familiarised himself with the mysteries of medieval music, working with Anne-Marie Deschamps and Marcel Pérès, as well as performing contemporary music with the Groupe Vocal de France. He has participated in several premières with the ensembles 2e2m and Itineraire, notably for Radio France. He has also appeared on stage in numerous opera productions under musical directors such as Jean-Claude Malgoire, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, and Hervé Niquet, among others. Passionate about Renaissance and early Baroque music, Bruno Boterf has immersed himself in seicento repertoire, working with ensembles such as Akadêmia, Les
Witches, William Byrd and La Fenice, and as part of the duo A doi tenori (with Gilles Ragon). Within French repertoire, he pays particular attention to his favourite: the Air de Cour from the late 16th century. Holder of a Certificat d'Aptitude in early music, Bruno Boterf has taught at the Tours Conservatorium, helping establish a class in interpretation of Renaissance vocal music. He regularly contributes as a teacher in early-music singing at the Conservatoires Supérieurs of Paris, Lyon and Liège, and to master-classes dedicated to Renaissance polyphony. This pedagogical experience, together with twenty years' devotion to the projects of Ensemble Clément Janequin (until 2007), led him to form the ensemble Ludus Modalis. He has made numerous recordings for Harmonia-Mundi, Alpha, Ricercar, l'Empreinte digitale, Erato, CBS, and Auvidis, as well as more recently with Ludus Modalis for Ramée.

1. Mignonne, allon voir si la Roze
2. Chassons ennuy  
3. La terre les eaux va buvant  
4. Je plains le temps  
5. Esprit doux de bonne nature  
6. Dialogue de l'homme et son coeur  
7. J'ayme mon Dieu  
8. Las je n'eusse jamais pensé  
9. Prise du Havre  
10. Puisque la loy  
11. Perrette disoit Jehan  
12. Muses chantez  
13. Las je n'yray plus  
14. Sus debout, gentils Pasteurs  
15. Seigneur Dieu, ta pitié  
16. Allez mes premieres amours  
17. Quand le Berger  
18. Quand l'ennuy facheux vous prend  
19. Le plus grand bien  
20. Grosse Garce noire et tendre  
21. Bouche qui n'as point de semblable  
22. Du clair soleil  
23. Allons au vert boccage  
24. Fantasie sur orgue ou espinette  
25. Venez dancer au son de ma musette  
26. Toutes les nuitz  
27. Sy c'est un grief tourment