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Michel Pignolet de Montéclar (1667-1737): 'La Mort de Didon', cantatas / Les Arts Florissants, William Christie

Album Summary

>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : La Mort de Didon, cantata for voice & ensemble
>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Il Dispetto in amore, cantata for voice & ensemble
>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Le Triomphe de l'amour, cantata for voice & ensemble
>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Morte di Lucretia, cantata for voice & ensemble
>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Pyrame et Thisbé, cantata for 3 voices & ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The cantata did not make its appearance in France until 1706, with Morin. However, the genre had a skillful precursor in the person of Michel Pignolet de Montclair, who did not have to wait for the 18th century before publishing (in 1695) a "scene avec rcitatif." Midway between the classicism of the Grand Sicle of Louis XIV and the Italian model, the cantata was one of his favorite forms. This predominately orchestral composer, who became famous with his opera Jepth (which made a deep impression on Rameau) wrote no fewer than 25 cantatas, 5 of which are recorded on this disc.

Record Review, 4th June 2016
Tragic passions to get your teeth into ... [an] eloquent performance... these five cantatas from Christie and co. certainly allow us to hear an inventive musical mind at work.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris, Église Réformée de l'Annonciation (03/1988).



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>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : La Mort de Didon, cantata for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 14 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Il Dispetto in amore, cantata for voice & ensemble
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Le Triomphe de l'amour, cantata for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Voice)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 11 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Morte di Lucretia, cantata for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Monique Zanetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 14 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>Montéc, Michel Pignolet de : Pyrame et Thisbé, cantata for 3 voices & ensemble
  • Performers: Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Voice); Jean-Francois Gardeil (Baritone); Monique Zanetti (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio