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Charpentier: Litany of the Virgin, motets for the House of Guise / Ensemble Correspondances

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Miserere des Jesuites, motet for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 193
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Antienne, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 526
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Pro omnibus festis B.V.M., motet for 6 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 333
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Ouverture pour le sacre d'un eveque, for 2 flutes, oboe, strings & continuo, H. 536
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Litanies de la Vierge, motet for 6 voices, chorus, 2 dessus de violes & continuo, H. 83
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Notes & Reviews:

The harmonia mundi label, once well known for specializing in the French Baroque repertoire, makes a welcome and triumphant return to this treasure trove of musical delights. For their first release on harmonia mundi, Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances present a sumptuous interpretation of the six-voice motets composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the House of Guise. These works, which include the Litanies de la Vierge and the Miserere, are masterworks that exemplify Charpentier's influence on the music of the Grand Siècle. The creative genius and intense fervor of this deeply spiritual music display the blend of French and Italian flavors that were his hallmark.

The Observer, 25th August 2013
One of France's best new early music groups, Ensemble Correspondances, shows total understanding of his idiom and achieves a perfect balance of clean but expressive voices with crisp and precise instrumental ensemble.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
Heaven is a good analogy for these performances. The musicians are absolutely superb, fully in command of French style. Most notably, the singers create a vocal blend that is suave and silken, flowing forth with enchanting elegance. All is captured in warm and lifelike sound. As in Douce's earlier release, the booklet notes are by Charpentier expert Catherine Cessac, and full texts are supplied, with translations. Whether this would be your first Charpentier disc or your 50th, do not miss this gorgeous music-making!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grenoble, MC2 (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Miserere des Jésuites, motet for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 193
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Piano); Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1690-91

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Antienne, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 526
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Piano); Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1690

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Pro omnibus festis B.V.M., motet for 6 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 333
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Piano); Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683-1684

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Ouverture pour le sacre d'un évêque, for 2 flutes, oboe, strings & continuo, H. 536
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Organ); Sébastien Daucé (Piano)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1695

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Litanies de la Vierge, motet for 6 voices, chorus, 2 dessus de violes & continuo, H. 83
  • Performers: Sébastien Daucé (Piano); Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1683-1684