- Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
- Audio CD (Aug. 13 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B00CTXX0Y4
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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CHARPENTIER. Litanies. Ensemble Correspondances/Dauce
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The harmonia mundi label, once well known for specializing in the French Baroque repertoire, makes a welcome and triumphant return to this treasure trove of musical delights. For their first release on harmonia mundi, Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances present a sumptuous interpretation of the six-voice motets composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the House of Guise. These works, which include the Litanies de la Vierge and the Miserere, are masterworks that exemplify Charpentier's influence on the music of the Grand Siècle. The creative genius and intense fervor of this deeply spiritual music display the blend of French and Italian flavors that were his hallmark.
C’est leur première collaboration pour harmonia mundi France : Sébastien Daucé et ses musiciens nous proposent une interprétation somptueuse des motets à six parties composés par Marc-Antoine Charpentier pour la maison de Guise. Miserere en tête, ces œuvres constituent une parenthèse inattendue dans la musique du Grand Siècle. Le génie créatif, l’intériorité et l’intense ferveur d’un compositeur entouré de sa troupe fidèle de chanteurs et musiciens nous paraissent d’autant plus familiers que Charpentier s’y avère copiste (les partitions qui nous sont parvenues sont de sa main) et interprète – il tenait la partie de haute-contre.
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The surviving scores are in Charpentier's own hand and he himself took the countertenor line, marking it up 'Moy icy', [Me here]. Daucé and his ensemble have caught the unique aura of quiet piety which must have prevailed in the Hôtel de Guise, quite separate from the Court with all its ritual and pageantry (and excess). There's a tranquility borne of rhythmic assurance, and a slight astringency here which seems totally in keeping with this atmosphere.
Ensemble Correspondances is a a relatively new group, the members having been brought together by their director Sébastien Daucé whilst they were all studying at the Conservatoire in Lyon. French sacred music is their speciality and this is their first recording for Harmonia Mundi. It's an auspicious debut.