Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mare- Charpentier, Antoine. (1643-1704) Cantica Nativitatis 1676, Motets and Oratorios. .

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 14-12-2016.
Label: Ligia. 
Recording dates:  2004.
Recording venue: Saint Ouen Les Vignes, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin I guess. He is not named.
Running time: 60:11.
Classical relevance: Worth acquiring.

Composers on this Disc:
Henry Du Mont, Louis Couperin, Gaspard Le Roux.

Participating in different parts
Attente et réjouissance.
Naissance et Adoration.
Épiphanie.
Chandeleur.

(Vocal and instrumental works)

Performed by:
Ensemble....in Ore mel...
Organ and direction: Olivier Vernet.

Instrument:
An anonymous 18 century organ.
Restored in 1992-4.
Tuning: 420 Hz.
Unequal temperament.

A fine disc with music that delights throughout and never disappoints. There is not a moment of boredom, but a constant supply of fresh invigorating music, well performed and sung by two excellent sopranos, ( Catherine Greuillet and Noémi Rime), and a thunderous but well within limits the Bass François Bazola, all aided by an instrumental group of enthusiasts. 
The Alma redemptoris Mater for two Sopranos is a musical marvel, movingly sung, as are all the other pieces. Very much liked the Organ contributions of Olivier Vernet. The instrument is a fine one. The sound is pretty good.




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