Monteverdi: A Trace of Grace / Michel Godard, Steve Swallow, et al.

> L'incoronazione di Poppea - L'incoronazione di Poppea, Act III: Pur ti miro
> L'Abbesse - L'Abbesse
> Soyeusement - Soyeusement
> A trace of grace - A trace of grace
> Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti, SV 251 - Zefiro torna e di soavi accenti, SV 251
> Prelude in F major - Prelude in F major
> Roma - Roma
> Les effets de manches - Les effets de manches
> Pianto della Madona, SV 288 - Pianto della Madona, SV 288
> Doppo il lamento - Doppo il lamento
> Si dolce e'l tormento, SV 332 - Si dolce e'l tormento, SV 332
> Doppo il tormento - Doppo il tormento
> L'incoronazione di Poppea - L'incoronazione di Poppea, Act II: Oblivion soave

Album Summary

>Godard, Michel : Pur ti miro, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
>Godard, Michel : L'Abbesse, song for voice & ensemble
>Godard, Michel : Soyeusement, for ensemble
>Godard, Michel : A Trace of Grace, for ensemble
>Godard, Michel : Zefiro torna, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
>Godard, Michel : Prelude for ensemble in F major
>Godard, Michel : Roma, song for voice & ensemble
>Swallow, Steve [Bass] : Les effets de manches, for ensemble
>Godard, Michel : Pianto de la madonna, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
>Godard, Michel : Doppo il lamento, song for voice & ensemble
>Godard, Michel : Si dolce e il tormento, song for voice & ensemble
>Swallow, Steve [Bass] : Doppo il tormento, for ensemble
>Godard, Michel : Oblivion soave, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
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Notes & Reviews:

In the tradition of "Le Concert des Parfums", "Monteverdi", a brainchild of Michel Godard, was also recorded in the magical abbey of Noirlac, France, during enchanted Summer nights. Jazz Trio (Michel Godard, Steve Swallow, Gavino Murgia) meets Early Baroque Trio (Guillemette Laurens, Fanny Paccoud, Bruno Helstroffer) and lets two musical dimensions grow, enlaced together in labyrinthine arabesques, playing songs of Claudio Monteverdi, Michel Godard and Steve Swallow in a natural implicitness and lightheartedness.

Allmusic.com
If you get to thinking there's nothing new under the sun, try this release by French serpent player Michel Godard. (And if the serpent is new to you, visit www.serpentwebsite.com.) Recordings featuring the serpent are rare enough anyhow, and this one inhabits a whole new universe. ... this is an album that combines early Baroque music and jazz in an experimental manner. Godard adds serpent lines to the Monteverdi pieces and to the other works on the album, all instrumental, which derive from Monteverdi in not very obvious ways... The other improvising musicians are saxophonist Gavino Murgia (who in addition to his usual way of playing the horn channels vocalizations through it) and bassist Steve Swallow, best known for his collaborations with jazz pianist Carla Bley. Their Baroque counterparts are singer Guillemette Laurens, who plays it straight and sounds fine in the Monteverdi, violinist Fanny Paccoud, and theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer. If you're having trouble imagining what this is like, that's not surprising; the only recourse is to give this brilliantly original music a try.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbaye de Noirlac (06/01/2011-06/04/2011).

If you get to thinking there's nothing new under the sun, try this release by French serpent player Michel Godard. (And if the serpent is new to you, visit www.serpentwebsite.com.) Recordings featuring the serpent are rare enough anyhow, and this one inhabits a whole new universe. The large-print Monteverdi in the graphics does not give the buyer an accurate representation of the contents; Claudio Monteverdi is the inspiration for the whole project, but only five of the tracks are performances of Monteverdi madrigals, and even those are for the most part heavily modified in very unexpected ways. Basically this is an album that combines early Baroque music and jazz in an experimental manner. Godard adds serpent lines to the Monteverdi pieces and to the other works on the album, all instrumental, which derive from Monteverdi in not very obvious ways: perhaps from a harmonic progression or motif, perhaps only in mood. The musicians have not tried to present a finished, coherent product but instead to force distinct traditions together and see where they begin to mix; in Godard's words, "the project was to try to make every musician understand the language of the other and to respect this language sufficiently so that together we can try to find a common language." The other improvising musicians are saxophonist Gavino Murgia (who in addition to his usual way of playing the horn channels vocalizations through it) and bassist Steve Swallow, best known for his collaborations with jazz pianist Carla Bley. Their Baroque counterparts are singer Guillemette Laurens, who plays it straight and sounds fine in the Monteverdi, violinist Fanny Paccoud, and theorbo player Bruno Helstroffer. If you're having trouble imagining what this is like, that's not surprising; the only recourse is to give this brilliantly original music a try. ~James Manheim



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Works Details

>Godard, Michel : Pur ti miro, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
  • Performers: Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent); Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Godard, Michel : L'Abbesse, song for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Godard, Michel : Soyeusement, for ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godard, Michel : A Trace of Grace, for ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godard, Michel : Zefiro torna, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Godard, Michel : Prelude for ensemble in F major
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godard, Michel : Roma, song for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Swallow, Steve [Bass] : Les effets de manches, for ensemble
  • Performers: Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent); Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godard, Michel : Pianto de la madonna, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Godard, Michel : Doppo il lamento, song for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Godard, Michel : Si dolce è il tormento, song for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Swallow, Steve [Bass] : Doppo il tormento, for ensemble
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godard, Michel : Oblivion soave, song for voice & ensemble (after Monteverdi)
  • Performers: Gavino Murgia (Saxophone); Bruno Helstroffer (Theorbo); Fanny Paccoud (Violin); Michel Godard (Serpent)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal