RARE TRAX is a continued series of promotional samplers given away with the german edition of Rolling Stone magazine since the 1990's and has reached volume 80 already. Each version covers a special topic and presents lesser known songs and/or artists.
Jean Mouton was a Renaissance French composer and choirmaster, much acknowledged but more rarely recorded, who wrote a body of music that’s both technically inventive and immediately appealing. Here Stephen Rice and The Brabant Ensemble—renowned exponents of sixteenth-century Franco-Flemish repertoire—perform all Mouton’s eight-part music, two four-part motets, and his only five-part Mass setting, the Missa Tu es Petrus. The latter is characterized by light, clear textures and a soaring cantus firmus, while the double-choir Nesciens mater is rightly famous for its ingenious canon. Sheer compositional skill aside, all these works demonstrate Mouton’s vivid and original imagination—one that has the ability to speak directly to our time.
…I greet this stunning performance as the way to hear this masterpiece. ~ J.F. Weber, Fanfare
For a number of years, it has been my convinction that Music (and Art in general) must simply have the humble task of describing its own End, or at the very least, its slow dying out. … Misunderstandings are only created by those who, even unconsciously, think of music as a discourse, and thus, even unawares, as caricature of an arc that describes a useless orgasm. … Everything flows smoothly, even in total immobility. The reality that surrounds us already moves too fast to make us want to imitate it. The end naturally creates a sense of saturation and exhaustion, but it is never definitive: by way of a hopeless inurement, we immediately hasten into the infinite and the eternal.Aldo Clementi, from sleeve text