Bach - Tilge, Hochster, BWV1083; Vivaldi - Nisi Dominus | Glossa GCD923701

Bach - Tilge, Hochster, BWV1083; Vivaldi - Nisi Dominus


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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD923701

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th February 2016



Damien Guillon (countertenor)
Celine Scheen (soprano)
Le Banquet Celeste


Damien Guillon


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Psalm 51 from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater 'Tilge, Hochster, meine Sunden', BWV1083

Vivaldi, Antonio

Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), RV608


Damien Guillon (countertenor)
Celine Scheen (soprano)
Le Banquet Celeste


Damien Guillon


Damien Guillon, who has been proving himself as an interpreter of the more spiritual side of Baroque music, now makes his debut on Glossa both as countertenor soloist and director.

In a fascinating pairing of Bach and Vivaldi psalm settings – Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden and Nisi Dominus – Guillon directs his ensemble Le Banquet Céleste, with which he recently made his debut in Avignon, conducting Acis and Galatea.

Whilst he was Konzertmeister in Weimar, Bach was entrusted with transcribing scores by Vivaldi brought back from
Amsterdam, thereby a fascination ensued, especially with Vivaldi's concertos.

As is pointed out by Stefano Russomanno in his booklet essay, Vivaldi would have employed the concerto logic also in
his sacred vocal works, such as the early Nisi Dominus recorded here. It was however a Neapolitan composer from the
next generation, GB Pergolesi, whose music Bach turned to as the basis for a setting of Psalm 51, Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden. The result was a magisterially rendered reworking – in parody form – of Pergolesi’s theatrical (and Catholic) Stabat Mater, adjusted by Bach to accommodate the different demands of the German Protestant text.

The warmth of Guillon’s countertenor finds an ideal match in the soprano Céline Scheen, another fabulous singer of
Baroque music, whose vocal agility and purity has been entrancing audiences across Europe.

Le Banquet Céleste:
- Baptiste Lopez, Caroline Bayet (violins)
- Deirdre Dowling (viola)
- Ageet Zweistra (cello)
- Christian Staude (double bass)
- Kevin Manent (harpsichord & organ)
- Andre Henrich (lute)


this is a profoundly thoughtful new interpretation by countertenor Damien Guillon, who directs his own ensemble Le Banquet Céleste and is joined by soprano Céline Scheen. The hallmarks of their compassionate performance are relaxed, natural singing and astute, sophisticated playing.  David Vickers
Gramophone March 2016

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