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Noël Baroque - Works by Corrette, Bregeuf, Raison, Daqiun, Corelli, Charpentier, Guedron / Fran?ois Lazarevitch, flute; Sofi Jeannin, Maïtrise de Radio France

Audio Samples

  1. Noel Symphony No. 6: Les bourgeois de châtres (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Jesous ahatonhia (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Noël Poitevin "Au saint Nau" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Nouveau livre de Noël, Op. 2: No. 2, Or nous dites Marie (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Quand Dieu naquit à Noël (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): I. Vivace - Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): III. Adagio - Allegro - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 8 "Christmas Concerto" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch): VI. Pastorale ad libitum. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. À la venue de Noël (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Nouveau livre de Noël, Op. 2: No. 11, Une jeune Pucelle (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Nouveau livre de Noëls pour le clavecin, Suite No. 3: Noël suisse "Il est un petit ange" (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. 23 Symphonies des Noëls, S. 130: No. 1, Symphonie (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Joseph est bien marié (Arr. F. Lazarevitch) $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

"Since the dawn of Christianity, Christmas has been celebrated with festive singing. In the Baroque era, numerous composers such as Charpentier, Delalande, Balbastre, Dandrieu and Daquin created masterpieces out of these simple tunes. When Sofi Jeannin told me of her wish to get her "Maitrise" choir to sing Christmas music, I was delighted. For a long time I had been gathering French sources of the 17th and 18th centuries with the intention of working on Baroque carol arrangements wtih Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien. I wanted to create something quite different from what had been done before, by treating this repertoire with proper respect: being faithful to the old sources, yet re-working the musical material to make our own personal version. The different languages, regional dialects and accents illustrate the extraordinary diversity and cultural richness of France - as well as of "New France" - at that historical period. - Francois Lazarevitch



Reviews

Seasonal joie de vivre
The impetus behind this release was simple: Sofi Jeannin wanted her Matrise choir to sing Christmas music. Enter Franois Lazarevitch, director of the early music ensemble Musiciens de Saint-Julien.

He had been collecting 16th and 17th-century French carols and was looking for a fresh way to present them. The resulting album is a wonderful blending of tradition and invention -- and some great music to enjoy for the holidays.

Most of the French baroque carols, such as those by Michel Corrette and Louis-Claude Daquin, were composed for organ. Lazarevitch arranged the works for his ensemble and gave the music voice. Jeannin's Musiciens de Saint-Julien was augmented by children's voices of La Matrise de Radio France.

This is not a dry, learned reading of early music. Rather, these selections are delivered with a joie de vivre that's infectious. If Patapan makes you happy, this music will have you smiling. If it doesn't, these performances should win you over. The musicians perform with a high degree of skill, yet seem to retain the earthy enthusiasm of the carols' peasant origins. And that's what makes this album so much fun.

I'm adding Nol Baroque to my short list of holiday music.

Submitted on 11/30/16 by RGraves321 
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