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Ensemble Correspondances & Sebastien Dauce - Charpentier: Histoires sacrees (2019)

Classic | Author: SELMER | 7-06-2019, 07:46
Ensemble Correspondances & Sebastien Dauce - Charpentier: Histoires sacrees (2019)
Artist: Ensemble Correspondances & Sebastien Dauce
Title Of Album: Charpentier: Histoires sacrees
Year Of Release: 2019
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Country: France
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 2:40:48
Full Size: 847 MB









The "Histoires Sacrees" of Marc-Antoine Charpentier are sometimes called little sacred operas, but they are really more like oratorios: they contain numbers sung by characters, but they have a great deal of narration, and they are in Latin. Sample here the scene in Judith, sive Bethulia liberata, H. 391, where Judith slices off the head of Holofernes: the emotional mood is just slightly heightened. These works have not often been recorded and take a bit of effort to absorb; one has to familiarize oneself with the Latin texts and with the mood of the whole, which is didactic rather than dramatic. The program here is strong, with three female biblical heroines exemplifying strength and virtue, and this helps you get into the expressive modes of the music. The "Histoires Sacrees" have not been recorded often. Until now the field has been ruled by a 2001 release from Gerard Lesne and his Baroque ensemble Il Seminario Musicale, and this release by the durable French group Ensemble Correspondances offers evidence of how much approaches vary in this still little-explored repertory. You can take your choice. Lesne has his engineers bring the microphone up to the soloists, whereas here, leader Sebastien Dauce chooses a more ambient approach that brings out instrumental detail. Lesne and his other soloists are stronger than the ones here, but Dauce may come closer to an authentic performance. Both choirs are small, probably in line with the private chamber circumstances for which these works were written; Dauce's group of 14 singers, mostly taking solos as well as singing in ensembles, is highly expressive even as it is woven into the more general texture. The album is accompanied by a DVD recorded at the Chapelle Royale at Versailles, but the main CDs were not: they come from small auditoriums in Grenoble and Amiens (apparently there were two sessions) that, as it happens, are entirely appropriate to the music. Recommended for Baroque buffs. ~ James Manheim

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