Les Cris de Paris: Melancholia | Harmonia Mundi HMM902298

Les Cris de Paris: Melancholia


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM902298

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 14th September 2018



A most unusual cabinet of curiosities. “Finding pleasure even in meditating on what causes one’s pain”: that neatly defines the theme of this album of music from the cusp of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Here Italian and English madrigals rub shoulders with motets and Tenebrae responsories.

A melancholic poetry that provided endless nourishment for musical creativity in the late Renaissance and which Geoffroy Jourdain presents in his first recording for Harmonia Mundi.


For this programme, ‘Melancholia’, they delve into an adventurous and sumptuous moment of musical history: the 16th century’s own fin de siècle, which Geoffroy Jourdain dubs a musical avant-garde. ... The singers make a beautifully balanced sound with impressive fluency across each style. I especially love the countertenors and their cheeky but knowing presence in the intense chromatic moments of Gesualdo’s O vos omnes ... Here, and throughout this album, there is a pleasing tension between a consort blend and the vital quirkiness of individual voices.  Edward Breen
Gramophone October 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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