Lalande - Grands Motets | Glossa GCD924301

Lalande - Grands Motets

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Label: Glossa

Cat No: GCD924301

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 26th October 2018

Contents

Artists

Chantal Santon-Jeffrey (dessus)
Reinoud Van Mechelen (haute-contre)
Francois Joron (taille)
Lisandro Abadie (basse-taille)
Les Pages & les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Collegium Marianum

Conductor

Olivier Schneebeli

Works

Lalande, Michel-Richard de

De profundis, S23
Dominus regnavit, S65
Venite, exultemus Domino, S58

Artists

Chantal Santon-Jeffrey (dessus)
Reinoud Van Mechelen (haute-contre)
Francois Joron (taille)
Lisandro Abadie (basse-taille)
Les Pages & les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Collegium Marianum

Conductor

Olivier Schneebeli

About

One of the great composing figures from the French Baroque, Michel-Richard de Lalande is starting to receive his just dues through modern recordings and Glossa are happy to unveil a new release featuring Olivier Schneebeli directing Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles in three of Lalande’s sumptuous grands motets.

Very much a favoured composer during the reign of Louis XIV, Lalande progressively assumed - from the 1680s onwards - more and more of the principal court offices and was called upon to provide sacred music for the Chapelle Royale within the Château de Versailles. Although the new (and ‘definitive’) chapel was not consecrated until 1710, the trio of grands motets (extended multi-movement choral and solo settings, typically of Psalms, with instrumental accompaniment) recorded here will have been conceived of according to the chapel’s architectural and acoustical characteristics. Thomas Leconte, from the CMBV, provides an illuminating historical backdrop in his booklet essay.

Much detailed performing information from Lalande’s time is known today - including number of instrumental forces used and about the composer’s later revisions of his scores - and Venite, exultemus Domino, De profundis and Dominus regnavit all receive expressive and meticulously-prepared performances within the Chapelle Royale itself.

To the quality of preparation of the CMBV maîtrise can be added the presence of a quartet of vocal soloists deeply experienced in the style of music from this time: Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Reinoud Van Mechelen, François Joron and Lisandro Abadie. Likewise, the contribution of Jana Semerádová’s Collegium Marianum provides exemplary instrumental support to Schneebeli’s direction in this new CMBV production.

Reviews

[Schneebelli’s] French choir of children and adults can’t be faulted, and the recorded balance is excellent. The woodwind solos and the rich, Lullian string textures are beautifully handled by Collegium Marianum, an ensemble from the Czech Republic. ... all four soloists sing with a passion by no means alien to Lalande’s operatic style. This is a most distinguished issue.  Richard Lawrence
Gramophone January 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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