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André Caplet: Le Miroir de Jésus / Marie-Claude Chappuis, mezzo-soprano; Quatuor Sine Nomine

Notes & Reviews:

André Caplet is probably best known today for his work as Debussy's orchestrator. However, he was also a fine composer in his own right, beating out none other than Maurice Ravel when he won the Grand Prix du Rome in 1901. A deeply religious man, Caplet focused his compositional efforts on sacred music. Le Miroir de Jésus is his spiritual masterpiece. The work, a setting of poems by Henri Ghéon, is fashioned after the Rosary, cast in three sections devoted to Jesus's birth, passion and resurrection. Its orchestration is quite unusual, with a mezzo-soprano soloist (Marie-Claude Chappuis), accompanied by a female chorus (Ensemble Vocal Lausanne), harp (Anne Bassand) and string quartet (Quatuor Sine Nomine). With this innovative work, Caplet is revealed as an important transitional composer between Debussy and Messiaen.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
I really admire this performance. The women's voices, elegant and clear, interplay stands out in bold relief relative to the soloist and string quartet. The instruments sing beautifully as well, lending their vivid hues to Caplet's musical meditation. Mirare enhances the excellence of the performance with strong, clear sound, a full-service booklet, and a handsome cover painting of Mary bedecked in a brilliant red robe. At long last, a Caplet keeper.


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