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Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Miserere; Francois Couperin: Lecons de Ténebres / Vincent Dumestre, Hasnaa Bennani, Isabelle Druet, Claire Lefilliatre

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  1. Clérambault — Miserere: Miserere mei Deus $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Clérambault — Miserere: Quoniam iniquitatem meam $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Clérambault — Miserere: Asperges me hyssopo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Clérambault — Miserere: Averte faciem tuam $0.99 on iTunes
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  6. Clérambault — Miserere: Quoniam si voluisses sacrificium $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: Incipit Lamentation Jeremiæ $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: Beth. Plorans ploravit in nocte $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: Ghimel. Migravit Juda $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: Daleth. Viae Sion lugent $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: He. Facti sunt hostes $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Première leçon: Jerusalem, convertere ad. Dominum Deum tuum $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Deuxième leçon: Vau. Et egressus est a filia Sion omnis decor ejus $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Deuxième leçon: Zain. Recordata est Jerusalem $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Deuxième leçon: Heth. Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Deuxième leçon: Teth. Sordes ejus $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Deuxième leçon: Jerusalem, convertere ad. Dominum Deum tuum $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Jod. Manum suam misit hostis ad $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Caph. Omnis populus $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Lamed. O vos omnes $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Mem. De excelso misit $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Nun. Vigilavit $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Clérambault — Leçons de ténèbres, Troisième leçon: Jerusalem, convertere ad. Dominum Deum tuum $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Miserere, 3-part motet
>Couperin, François : Lecon de Tenebres 1, for treble voice & continuo
>Couperin, François : Lecon de Tenebres 2, for treble voice & continuo
>Couperin, François : Leçons de tenébres
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

It seemed natural for Le Poème Harmonique, which has already recorded some of the greatest works in the 17th-century French sacred repertoire, to contribute to Alpha’s Versailles Collection by giving its vision of François Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres. To this it adds a work as masterful as it is forgotten: Louis-Nicolas Clérambault’s Miserere. The Leçons de Ténèbres were written by François Couperin for the Holy Week liturgies of 1714, at the Abbey of Longchamp. They take up the Old Testament text from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, wherein the prophet deplores the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. In the Catholic tradition, they symbolize the solitude of Christ, abandoned by his apostles. Isabelle Druet, Hasnaa Bennani, Claire Lefilliâtre and Vincent Dumestre give us an interpretation in which the affect is, of course, at the service of a rhetoric appropriate for the period and this repertoire whilst fully exploiting the lyric beauty of these works. Collection Versailles

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
His Miserere is a six-movement setting of Psalm 51, a text that figures prominently in Holy Week liturgies. It is a duly reverential setting of this somber text--more so than some later 18th- Century sacred works by composers like Corrette or Delalande. Italian influence is prominent in Clerambault's music. His use of poignant suspended dissonances in the Miserere may bring to mind the opening movement of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (1736). The Tenebrae Lessons by Couperin are an acknowledged masterpiece with many recordings available. The composer demonstrates a sensitivity to the rhetorical and expressive properties of the texts and fits them to music that seems to strike a perfect balance between French baroque style and liturgical dignity. In the preface to his Second Book of Harpsichord Pieces, Couperin alludes to two other sets of Tenebrae Lessons for a total of nine. For the accompaniment of the Tenebrae Lessons Couperin preferred the bass viol and organ. In this performance, the composition of the continuo ensemble varies: organ or harpsichord played by Frederic Rivoal and theorbo played by Vincent Dumestre. Some listeners may enjoy the changing accompaniment colors. As part of my review of a recording of the Couperin and Delalande Tenebrae Lessons sung by Emma Kirkby and Agnes Mellon (BIS1575; May/June 2008) I briefly mentioned several other recordings of the Couperin. I especially like Sophie Daneman and Patricia Petibon with William Christie at the harpsichord and Anne-Marie Lasla on the bass viol (Erato 17067; Sept/Oct 1997). I relish the delicacy and sweetness of that performance and the sensitivity of Christie's harpsichord accompaniment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: la Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles (2010-11-10_2010-11-17&2013-).



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>Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Composer) (1676 - 1749) : Miserere, 3-part motet
  • Conductor: Vincent Dumestre
  • Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique
  • Notes: la Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles (2010-11-10_2010-11-17&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Leçon de Ténèbres 1, for treble voice & continuo
  • Conductor: Vincent Dumestre
  • Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique
  • Notes: la Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles (2010-11-10_2010-11-17&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Leçon de Ténèbres 2, for treble voice & continuo
  • Conductor: Vincent Dumestre
  • Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique
  • Notes: la Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles (2010-11-10_2010-11-17&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712

>François Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Leçons de tenébres
  • Conductor: Vincent Dumestre
  • Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique
  • Notes: la Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles (2010-11-10_2010-11-17&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1712