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Musiques Juives Baroques

Jewish Baroque: Venice & Mantua - 1623-1774 / Var
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Buda Records   Catalog #: 860212   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Salomone RossiChristian Joseph LidartiAnonymousCristiano G. Lidarti,   ... 
Performer:  Joël GauvritAlexandra GreffinBenjamin LocherClaire Caron,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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MUSIQUES JUIVES BAROQUES David Klein, cond; Texto Ens (period instruments) BUDA MUSIQUE 860212 (79:45 Text and Translation)


LIDARTI Mishoresh ’ad ’anaf hatsmet. Yarden, Yarden, la’at nirgan. Beyt Yisra’el, sifdu. Kol haneshama. Mimawet mi nafshi halats? Sham eten lakh et kol doday. Zed yahir, mimeni heref. ROSSI Qadish. ’Al naharot bavel. Lemi ehpots l’aasot yeqar. Read more class="COMPOSER12"> CARCERES L’el elim. Hishki hizki. ANONYMOUS Kol haneshama


This is Volume 10 of the collection Patrimonies Musicaux des Juifs de France (Musical Heritage of the Jews of France), dedicated here to the later Israeli musicologist Israel Adler, who did an enormous amount of research particularly in the Classical and Baroque eras on the music of European Jewish communities. His 1974 monograph demonstrated that these had a vibrant musical culture that both paid homage to the various styles of the time in the Christian world that surrounded them and maintained strong ties to their own ancient heritage. I have only been familiar with an anonymous cantata written for the synagogue at Casale Monferrato in Italy, a work that is thoroughly Italian in style and prefaced by a symphony by Antonio Brioschi. That work, often the only one still performed with some regularity, I am informed by Israeli friends, is but the tip of a largely unexplored corpus of music that was as modern and as useful as other church music of the period. As part of an ongoing series, the first nine volumes of which cover more traditional liturgy and modern works, this is the first to present works from Venice, Mantua, and Amsterdam during an age that was active and vibrant in terms of liturgical works.


Three composers (plus the famed, eternal Signore Anonymo) are represented on this disc, all very different. As homages go, it probably serves quite well for Dr. Adler, but on the whole I find the contents a bit disjointed. Of course, Salomon Rossi is well known for his style that links the prima and secunda prattica of the early Baroque period. Two volumes of his settings of the Songs of Solomon have been released by the New York Baroque on Dorian, while other choral works, sacred concertos really, have appeared with the Boston Camerata on Harmonia Mundi, among others. Therefore, the three works here, including a setting of Psalm 37 (’Al naharot bavel) fit nicely along the polychoral works of the early 17th century by colleagues such as Luigi Rossi, Francesco Cavalli, and others. It is quite a jump from these to the middle of the 18th century, from which the remainder come. Perhaps it is the plaintive Kol haneshama with its sparse continuo accompaniment, here performed by a theorbo, that forms a sort of link. The two compositions by Abraham Carceres, probably of Portuguese origins but working in Amsterdam about 1740, certainly betray standard Baroque influences in the duo cantata Le’el elim , a series of movements to a text by a famous philosopher of the Cabbala, Moses Luzatto. Here the disc claims the two singers are a mezzo and a contralto, but the recording seems to have a soprano and mezzo, so it was either transposed, or something else happened. The remainder of the disc—that is, the majority—focuses on an oratorio in Hebrew by Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti, hardly a household name, but important here because, first, he was the leading composer in Mantua and thus a major figure in Italian music, and second, he wrote the work as a Catholic composer on special dispensation. The result is a work that is very much in the opera seria style of the time, with da capo arias, short ensembles, and some nice duets. The subject is Esther, which, of course, is the only book of the Bible wherein the name of God is curiously absent.


There are nice arias, such as the flowing string lines of “Yarden, Yarden” with the waters slowly diminishing in waves of lyrical melody, or opening aria of Haman, with pompous horns and oboes in purely bravura seria style (although sung by a baritone-bass with a sometimes unique interpretation of intonation and mushy coloratura). Soprano Marine Beelen practically spits out his name in the recitative preceding her duet with Ahasueros, a practice that while traditional in the reading of the tale is nonetheless quite jarring.


This is a disc that revives some of the more esoteric manifestations of the early Classical style in a language that is not often thought of in connection with music of the period. Lidarti’s music is interesting and would appeal to those who collect Italian opera of the period. My only quibble is that the entire oratorio, which was edited by Adler after a fortuitous rediscovery and premiered in 2000, is not presented complete. I would much prefer that to excerpts and the odd inclusion of the anachronistic Rossi pieces. The Texto Ensemble is new to me. In general I find its performance style adequate, if at points a bit tentative. The strings could be more definitive, and the voices, an integral part of the ensemble, often struggle with pitch and phrasing. But the performance is by no means problematic, and at times such as the aforementioned aria, it is the equal of many of the fine period ensembles that record regularly. If you want a bit of esoterica for your 18th-century collection, you should probably have this niche disc. What I would really like, however, is a complete recording of Ester so that the depth of Jewish music of the Classical period can be appreciated.


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Works on This Recording

1.
The Songs of Solomon: Kaddish by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Benjamin Locher (Horn),
Claire Caron (Oboe), Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Edouard Guittet (Horn), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Ester Oratorio: Act 1. Scene 2. No. 4. Récitatif et air. Mishoresh 'ad 'anaf hatsmet by Christian Joseph Lidarti
Performer:  Cecile Brossard (Viola), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Claire Caron (Oboe), Alex De Valera (Lute),
Antoine Jomin (), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Benjamin Locher (Horn),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Edouard Guittet (Horn), Beltran Iraburu (),
Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Kol haneshama, for ensemble by Anonymous
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Magali Boyer (Cello), Marieke Bouche (Violin),
Cecile Brossard (Viola), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Ensemble Texto (),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Alex De Valera (Lute), Claire Caron (Oboe),
Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Marine Beelen ()
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Ester Oratorio: Act 1. Scene 4. No. 8. Récitatif et air. Yarden, Yarden, la'at nirgan by Christian Joseph Lidarti
Performer:  Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello), Laura Duthuille (Oboe),
Claire Caron (Oboe), Benjamin Locher (Horn), Antoine Jomin (),
Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Alex De Valera (Lute), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Marieke Bouche (Violin)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5.
Ester Oratorio: Act 1. Scene 4. No. 9. Choeur. Beyt Yesra'el, sifdu by Christian Joseph Lidarti
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Claire Caron (Oboe),
Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Kol haneshama, for choir & ensemble by Cristiano G. Lidarti
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Genevieve Cirasse (), Benjamin Locher (Horn),
Claire Caron (Oboe), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7.
The Songs of Solomon: ‘Al naharót bavé by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola), Marieke Bouche (Violin),
Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello), Laura Duthuille (Oboe),
David Schavelzon (Bass Baritone), Claire Caron (Oboe), Christian Ploix (),
Benjamin Locher (Horn), Antoine Jomin (), Alexandra Greffin (Violin),
Alex De Valera (Lute), Edouard Guittet (Horn)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
8.
Ester Oratorio: Act 2. Scene 3. No. 14. Récitatif et duo. Mimawet mi nafshi halats? by Christian Joseph Lidarti
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Elodie Fonnard (), Claire Caron (Oboe),
Christian Ploix (), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Benjamin Locher (Horn),
Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Ester Oratorio: Act 2. Scene 3. No. 16. Récitatif et duo. Sham eten lakh et kol doday by Christian Joseph Lidarti
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Marine Beelen (),
Magali Boyer (Cello), Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Claire Caron (Oboe),
Christian Ploix (), Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alexandra Greffin (Violin),
Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
10.
The Songs of Solomon: Lemi echpots by Salomone Rossi
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Claire Caron (Oboe), Alexandra Greffin (Violin),
Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1623; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Le el Elim, cantata for 2 voices & continuo by Avraham Caceres
Performer:  Edouard Guittet (Horn), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Cecile Brossard (Viola),
Marieke Bouche (Violin), Ensemble Texto (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Claire Caron (Oboe), Alexandra Greffin (Violin),
Genevieve Cirasse (), Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 11 Minutes 18 Secs. 
12.
Ester Oratorio: Act 3. Scene 2. No. 24. Air. Zed yahir, mimeni heref by Avraham Caceres
Performer:  Alex De Valera (Lute), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Benjamin Locher (Horn),
Claire Caron (Oboe), Elodie Fonnard (), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Ensemble Texto (), Marieke Bouche (Violin),
Cecile Brossard (Viola), Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Edouard Guittet (Horn)
Written: 1774 
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13.
Hishki hizki, for voices & ensemble by Avraham Caceres
Performer:  Joël Gauvrit (Harpsichord), Alexandra Greffin (Violin), Edouard Guittet (Horn),
Cecile Brossard (Viola), Marieke Bouche (Violin), Magali Boyer (Cello),
Ensemble Texto (), Laura Duthuille (Oboe), Claire Caron (Oboe),
Benjamin Locher (Horn), Alex De Valera (Lute)
Date of Recording: 04/14/2010 
Venue:  l'Église Évangélique Allemande de Paris, 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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