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Charpentier: Messe à quatre choeurs, etc / Skidmore, et al

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Salve Regina a 3 choeurs, motet for for 3 choruses & continuo, H. 24
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Messe à 4 choeurs, H 4
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Salut de la veille des O let les 7 O suivant le romain
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Le reniement de St Pierre, H 424 "Cum cenasset Jesus"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Every aspect of this CD has been carefully thought through, from the interpolation of chant and organ interludes into the Mass, to the spatial disposition of the excellently recorded choirs. Jeffrey Skidmore and his ensemble's expertise in this repertoire has long been established and is everywhere apparent here. The blend of the vocal lines is superb and the handling of ornament little short of breathtaking. In sum, an issue to treasure." ***** - Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine

'Jeffrey Skidmore and his ensemble's expertise has long been established and is everywhere apparent here. The blend of the vocal line is superb and the handling of ornament is little short of breathtaking. In short, an issue to treasure' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Skidmore once again demonstrates his total empathy with French Baroque repertoire, inspiring his large choral forces to performances that capture a huge gamut of emotions ranging from thrilling grandeur to heartbreaking sublimity. The issue is a magnificent achievement all round' (Fanfare, USA)

'Ex Cathedra's choirs and soloists sound ravishing... Skidmore's conducting results in a performance containing breadth and relaxed phrasing, which in turn allow emotion to shine through the complex polyphony' (Goldberg Early Music Magazine)

'The brilliance of this work is expertly captured by Ex Cathedra directed by Jeffrey Skidmore. The choral sound is excellent, whether in the well-managed polychoral exchanges or in the full passages, and the solo singing is very accomplished' (Early Music, OUP)

BBC Music Magazine
The blend of the vocal lines is superb and the handling of ornament little short of breathtaking.

International Record Review
It is really spendid to have the Messe a quatre choeurs in a thoroughly involving historically informed performance at last. Skidmore leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of its quadraphonic charms... eloquent soloists [are] drawn from the ranks of the choir. And what a choir, gutsy when required, but flexible enough to cope with Charpentier's ever-changing choral configurations ... this is a thrilling release, and I heartily recommend it.



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>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Salve Regina à 3 choeurs, motet for for 3 choruses & continuo, H. 24
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/31/2003/02/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1677-1678

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Messe à 4 choeurs, H 4
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/31/2003/02/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1672

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Salut de la veille des O let les 7 O suivant le romain
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/31/2003/02/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1693

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Le reniement de St Pierre, H 424 "Cum cenasset Jesus"
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Ensemble: Ex Cathedra (Early Music Ens.)
  • Notes: St. Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London, England (01/31/2003/02/01/2003)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque