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Charpentier: Vêpres Pour Saint Louis / Schneebeli, Et Al


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 50   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierGuillaume-Gabriel Nivers
Performer:  Frédéric DesenclosMatthieu LussonYuka SaïtôHervé Lamy,   ... 
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Centre De Musique Baroque De VersaillesLes Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

While the majority of renowned French composers during the late 17th century spent most of their time at Versailles, Marc Antoine Charpentier spent most of his holding various appointments throughout Paris, including one at the Jesuit church of St. Louis. On this recording director Olivier Schneebeli offers a mostly solemn yet often moving Vesper service that's constructed to resemble one that Charpentier might have created for the order (a typical setting from the period nearly always was assembled using music both by the composer and his contemporaries). Unlike Michel Corboz, who employs a full period orchestra in a similar Jesuit reconstruction (Cascavelle), Schneebeli uses only two viola de gambas, theorbe, bassoon, and organ for Read more instrumental support.

While Schneebeli's choice heightens the intimacy of the evening mass, there are moments--in the introductory Deus in adjutorium, for example--when the impact of the soloists and choirs would have benefited from more substantial forces. The full-bodied sound of the magnificent organ at the recording's venue--the Royal Chapel at Versailles--helps somewhat, though given the sublime nature of the music's subject, as well as the consistently excellent performances Schneebeli inspires from his crew, this is a case where more certainly would have meant more.

That said, lovers of sacred music from this period should not be deterred, as they certainly will find plenty to enjoy here. Soloists Robert Getchell, Herve Lamy, and Alain Buet deliver beautifully sung, exuberant yet reverential performances that befit the occasion. However, Les Pages (the boys choir) and Les Chantres (the mixed chorus) steal the show, fully revealing the beauty of Charpentier's frequent displays of antiphonal texture and nuance. The third-movement Domine quinque talenta, 11th-movement Laudate pueri Dominum, and especially the 14th-movement In Honoreum sancti (Motet for Saint Louis), with its emotional gradations ranging from heroic urgency to complacent despondency, are three cases in point. Again, in this lovely motet you can't help but wonder if its impact would have been greater had its text ("With drums and organs and loud trumpets...") been followed more to the letter regarding instrumental forces. Alpha's sound is superb--especially in light of the apparently numerous acoustic challenges of the recording's locale. Informative and engaging notes by Catherine Cessac and Denis Grenier as well as many photographs taken during the sessions by Robin Davies are featured in the lavish and thorough accompanying booklet. Recommended.

--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Vespers for Saint Louis by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Centre De Musique Baroque De Versailles
2.
Troisième livre d'orgue des huit tons de l'eglise: Prelude du 1er ton by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers
Performer:  Frédéric Desenclos (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Jesuit Vespers: Deus in auditorium by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ),
Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Robert Getchell (Countertenor),
Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1698; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Olivier Schneebeli. 
4.
Domine quinque talenta, H 33 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Alain Buet (Bass), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ),
Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Pour un confesseur non pontife: Euge serve bone, H 375 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Hervé Lamy (Tenor),
Alain Buet (Bass), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1698; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Confitebor tibi, H 220 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo),
Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Hervé Lamy (Tenor),
Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Fidelis servus, H 34 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Robert Getchell (Countertenor),
Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba),
Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8.
Beatus vir, H 221 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Alain Buet (Bass), Robert Getchell (Countertenor),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 8 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Pour un confesseur: Beatus vir qui inventus est, H 376 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba),
Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1698; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Laudate pueri Dominium, H 203 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Alexandre Salles (Bassoon),
Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Hervé Lamy (Tenor)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Serve bone, H 35 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ),
Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Laudate Dominum omnes, H 214 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Alain Buet (Bass),
Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1695; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
In honorem S Ludovici Regis Galliae canticum tribus vocibus cum symphonia, H 323 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Robert Getchell (Countertenor), Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo),
Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Hervé Lamy (Tenor),
Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1680; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Arranger: Olivier Schneebeli. 
14.
Canticum B.V.M., H 76 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Alain Buet (Bass), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alexandre Salles (Bassoon),
Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Robert Getchell (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1682; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15.
Troisième livre d'orgue des huit tons de l'eglise: Prelude du 2e ton by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers
Performer:  Frédéric Desenclos (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1686; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
16.
Domine salvum fac regem, H 292 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Alain Buet (Bass),
Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Robert Getchell (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: Composition written: France (1682 - 1683). 
17.
Fugue grave by Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers
Performer:  Frédéric Desenclos (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1675; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
18.
Dixit Dominus, H 197 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Benjamin Perrot (Theorbo), Alain Buet (Bass), Hervé Lamy (Tenor),
Alexandre Salles (Bassoon), Matthieu Lusson (Viola da gamba), Yuka Saïtô (Viola da gamba),
Frédéric Desenclos (Organ), Robert Getchell (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Olivier Schneebeli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages et Les Chantres de Versailles
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1690; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2003 
Venue:  Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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