Lully - Dies Irae, Te Deum
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95592
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th November 2017
ArtistsAllabastrina Choir and Consort
As Sartori notes in her booklet essay, the magnificent Te Deum shares little of musical style or text‐setting in common with Lullyís operas. The ornamentation and stylised, asymmetric rhythms that are woven through the texture of his dramatic works and those of his successors such as Rameau are notable by their absence; she finds, instead, Ďa deep‐rooted, maternal sense of melody, and an enduring, even unwitting memory of Latinate language that leads the work away from factional claims (of national style).í
The Dies Irae is still further removed from norms of French style; the handling of the chorus is closer to Carissimi and the instrumental parts to Corelli. Accordingly, she has produced new performing editions of both works. She conducts them with the vocal and instrumental ensemble which she recently founded in order to give historically aware performance of dramatic music from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras. The result of her scholarship is to bring a more immediate sense of drama, even danger, to the multi‐part Dies Irae, and a greater urgency of celebration than is customary to the Te Deum setting. Anyone who follows Lullyís music and the French Baroque will want to investigate this new recording, which was made in the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna: a Byzantine-era building with its own complex history which lends an imposing sense of space to the interpretations.
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