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Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs - Charpentier: Acteon (2010)

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Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs - Charpentier: Acteon (2010)
Artist: Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles, Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs
Title Of Album: Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Acteon
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: cpo Records
Country: USA
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:06:06
Full Size: 349 MB


Acteon, pastorale for chorus, strings & continuo, H. 481:
01. Scene 1. Ouverture
02. Scene 1. Choeur de Chasseurs
03. Scene 1. Air d'Acteon
04. Scene 1. Duo de Chasseurs et Choeur de Chasseurs
05. Scene 2. Air de Diane et Choeur de Nymphes
06. Scene 2. Duo de Daphne et Hyale
07. Scene 2. Air d'Arethuse et Choeur de Nymphes
08. Scene 3. Recitatif et Air d'Acteon
09. Scene 3. Duo de Diane et Acteon
10. Scene 3. Choeur de Nymphes
11. Scene 4. Recitatif d'Acteon
12. Scene 4. Plainte
13. Scene 5. Choeur de Chasseurs
14. Scene 6. Air de Junon et Choeur de Chasseurs
15. Scene 6. Choeur de Chasseurs

Orphee descendant aux enfers, cantata for 3 voices, instruments & continuo, H. 471:
16. Prelude; Recit d'Orphee sur le violon
17. Air. Orphee
18. Duo. Ixion et Tantale
19. Air. Orphee
20. Duo et Trio. Ixion, Tantale et Orphee

La pierre philosophale, incidental music, H. 501:
21. Choeur des Quatre Elements
22. La petite Gnomide
23. Chanson du Silphe parlant a sa maitresse
24. Duo pour le Feu et l'Eau
25. Choeur des Quatre Elements

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was neglected for centuries after his death, but by the late 20th century increased frequency of performances and recordings revealed him as one of the geniuses of the Baroque. He had a distinctive, individual voice and a gift for subtle emotional expression capable of evoking the most profound grief, as well as a loopy humor rarely associated with music of his era.

Musical directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead the vocal and chamber ensembles of the Boston Early Music Festival in characteristically expert performances of Charpentier's 40-minute pastoral opera Acteon, the brief cantata Orphee descendant aux enfers, and incidental music for the play La Pierre Philisophale. The musically polished performances shimmer with life and dramatic urgency. The cast of young soloists sings Charpentier's graceful, yearning melodies with naturalness and a sure grasp of the middle Baroque French style. Their ornamentation sounds entirely spontaneous, as expressions of emotion rather than merely the fulfillment of a formulaic stylistic requirement. The singers are so consistently first-rate, singing with sweet tone, flawless intonation, and technical mastery, that it seems almost unfair to single any out for special commendation over the others. Tenors Aaron Sheehan and Jason McStoots and soprano Teresa Wakim shine in the most prominent roles. The sound of CPO's 2009 recording is clean, clear, and nicely present. This is an album that should interest any fans of Baroque vocal music. -- Stephen Eddins

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