"Le Mot de l'éditeur : Institution légendaire, Les Chœurs de l’Armée Rouge ont encore fait l’actualité à l’automne dernier en accompagnant le chanteur Vincent Niclo sur son album multi platine, dédié aux grands airs d’opéra, puis en tournée exceptionnelle en France et à l’étranger. Pour accompagner les futures apparitions de l’ensemble (plus de 250 concerts par an), dont celles en première partie des concerts de Céline Dion à Bercy en novembre, Deutsche Grammophon présente l’album officiel des Chœurs de l’Armée Rouge…" (Deutsche Grammophon)
Jeremy Summerly and his Oxford Schola Cantorum is beautifully paced and the calibre of the singing itself is very impressive indeed, as is the Naxos recording. …the singing is unique: forthright, direct, fresh, recorded quite ‘tight’ and making this 17th-century music as emotive as possible.
Little is known of the life of Paschal de L'Estocart, the French composer of the late Renaissance who was roughly a contemporary of Claude Le Jeune (1528 -1600). He seems to have been sympathetic to the Protestant Reformers – he spent considerable time in Germany and his music was published in Geneva – but later in life he applied unsuccessfully to the French King for a position at an abbey. His collection of psalms and motets, Sacrae Cantiones, 16 of which are recorded here, are mostly in French, along with several in Latin, and was dedicated to Calvinist Count Palatine Johann Casimir in 1582. This collection also includes his Ode in 12 parts, set to religious texts in French. L'Estocart's music is typical of late Renaissance polyphony, eclectic in its use of a cantus firmus, imitative counterpoint, and homophonic writing, with an unusually free use of dissonance. The French mixed a cappella ensemble Ludus Modalis, led by Bruno Boterf, specializes in music of this era and sings with passion and authority. Intonation is immaculate and tone quality is pure and unforced. The recorded sound is clean, but spacious and warm.