The Mystery of Sign. Mouthon
Ars Antiqua Austria

The Mystery of Sign. Mouthon

CD | Challenge Classics | 0608917233629 | CC 72336 | 01-10

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Ars Antiqua Austria: Ensemble for new baroque music

It is not sure if lutenist Mouton and composer Mouthon where the same people. What we do know is that this music from the 17th century is unknown music from Austria, played by the early music specialist ensemble Ars Antique Austria (a group of musicians that plays music from the wealth of pieces that has been handed over to us from Austria and which is now uncovered bit by bit). This is enchanting music, a richness uncovered!

"Charles Mouton was born in 1626 and died around 1699. ...What strikes us about Mouthon as astoundingly modern and actually indicative of a much later period are his melodies. They recall Handel, not only as regards the musical figures, but there are also similarities in the rarefied harmonies and the frequently schematic formation of the cadences. The collection not only shows the astonishingly high standard of musical culture in Austrian monasteries at the turn of the century, it also underscores the melting-pot character of the cultural attitude shared by Austrian cultural sponsors and patrons. By combining elements from the most diverse cultures they fostered the progress that led to the international Wiener Klassik - Viennese Classicism. We invite you to form an opinion whether this work is part of the collection of the lutenist of the 17th century Charles Mouton, whether it concerns another up to now unknown
composer with the name Mouthon or whether the writing up is simply faulty." (Gunar Letzbor in the linernotes)

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Ars Antiqua Austria spürt erweckt mit dieser Weltersteinspielung der Concerti von Mouthon erneut einen wertvollen Schatz der österreichischen Barockmusik zu neuem Leben. Diese Sammlung von präsentiert Concerti in der Form italienischer Ensemblemusik in fünfstimmiger Besetzung mit 2 Violinen, 2 Violen und Basso continuo. Es ist nicht klar, ob die Sammlung vom Lautenisten des 17. Jahrhunderts Charles Mouton stammt oder ob es sich um einen unbekannten Komponisten mit dem Namen Mouthon handelt oder ob die Zuschreibung einfach fehlerhaft ist. Ein großes Rätsel und die Wiederentdeckung einer erstaunlich hohen Musikkultur.


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December 14th 2011 17:41
Dr. Roger Peters:
Franco Pavan, in the liner notes to his recording of Mouton's lute pieces
(E Lucevan Le Stelle EL082326), writes 'Charles Mouton was born in Paris in January 1617: he was actually baptised on the 21st of the month at Saint-Jacques de la Boucherie.'; see
Ars Antiqua's playing is absolutely splendid; the music itself reminds me of Torelli's Op.6 (1698).