Monday, December 12, 2016

Gilles, Jean. (1668-1705) Lamentations and Motet.

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 12-12-2016.
Label: Ligia.
CD 2 from 3.
Recording dates: 2010.
Recording venue: St-Pierre-des-Chartreux, Toulouse, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 66:40.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Première Lamentation pour le Mercredi saint au soir.
Lamentation pour le Jeudi saint au soir.
Lamentation pour le Vendredi saint au soir.
Motet, Diligam te Domine.

Works performed by:
Les Passions-Orchestre Baroque de Montauban.
Chœur de Chambre les éléments, Joël Suhubiette.
Directed by: Jean-Marc Andrieu.

As I wrote about the first disc, is applicable to the second. In terms of performance you get superb singing. Duets, choir, solo singing, it's all done with taste and elegance. The music has a warmth to it that makes it approachable and intimate. Instrumentalists hoover on the same level. A perfect mix of musicians that makes Gilles music work. The recording is a matching partner, it's well spaced with just enough reverb to give an impression of depth that is easy on the ear. As for Gilles music, previously unknown to me, words fail. A composer that is in effect unknown to most, producing such fine works, and only on the map because of a handful of recordings, needs to stand in the lime light permanently. For me this set is a highlight.




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