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La Semaine mystique - Chants de dévotion du règne de Louis XIII


Release Date: 09/01/2007 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 103  
Composer:  Guillaume MarcPierre GuédronAntoine BoëssetEtienne Moulinie,   ... 
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A study of seventeenth-century devotional songs inevitably implies a study of the individual at that time. Witnessing contrary movements that he did not always understand, beset by radical questionings on the subjects of belief and ethics, 'Baroque man' was faced with the same choices that face us today: choices between innovation and tradition, science and religion, the group and the individual, and so on; the examples are endless. A prayer set to music, the spiritual parody is a perfect embodiment of such conflicts: singing, as a source of elevation as much as of sensual pleasure, can make the soul of the sinner, like a fragile funambulist, topple this way or that, towards salvation on the one side or damnation on the other. The Jesuits, Read more who were spiritual directors to many staunch believers among the aristocracy, had no qualms in using the sensual pleasures of the arts as instruments of salvation. To structure this recording we therefore used the method recommended by the Jesuit Philippe d'Angoumois in his Occupation continuelle en laquelle l'ame devote s'unit toujours avecque Dieu, a treatise written in 1618 for the use of ladies of the aristocracy. In this work he advises them to meditate each day of the week on a religious subject, in order to include the mysteries of spirituality in their daily routine. After a short catechism intended for children and a severe condemnation of the lewd song, our programme follows that path, with prayers on different themes for each day, thus creating an imaginary spiritual progression, as the soul seeks its salvation. In this 'mystical week', the soul moves from meditation on its sins (Monday) to contemplation of the glories of paradise (Sunday), from the fractures of the heart to inner healing, from primal Chaos to the Harmony of the spheres. The soul aims to create a bastion of Faith in order to resist the destructive forces of a century beset by strife. Recorded 10-13 December, Chapel of Notre-Dame de Bon Secours, Paris Recording and editing: Alessandra GALLERON Artistic direction: Thomas LECONTE Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Qu'est-ce que la foi by Guillaume Marc
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
2.
A Paris sur petit pont by Pierre Guédron
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
3.
Le Seigneur est mon flambeau by Pierre Guédron
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
4.
O qu'un bonheur mondain by Antoine Boësset
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
5.
Si tu veux apprendre le pas à danser by Pierre Guédron
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
6.
Dans le lit de la mort by Etienne Moulinie
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
7.
Que je veux mal à ce peintre fantasque by Antoine Boësset
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
8.
Quand je pense, Seigneur by Lazare de Selve
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
9.
Holà, Caron, nautonier infernal by Pierre Guédron
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
10.
Vous a qui plait la danse by Giovanni Gastoldi
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
11.
Ou va ce flambeau de ma vie by Antoine Boësset
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
12.
Sortez, larmes sanglantes by Antoine Boësset
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
13.
Là n'étaient que gibets by Jean Auvray
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
14.
O heureuse nuitée by Giovanni Gastoldi
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
15.
Beni soit sur tout ce grand Dieu by Robert Ballard
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
16.
Blanc est le vêtement by Jean de la Ceppède
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza
17.
Bénis Dieu, ô mon âme by Pierre Guédron
Conductor:  Marco Horvat
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Faenza

Sound Samples

Les Rossignols spirituels: Qu'est-ce que la foi?
A Paris sur petit pont (In Paris on the little bridge)
La Pieuse alouette et des Odes Chretiennes: Savez-vous quelle est cette astuce?
L'Amphion sacre: Le Seigneur est mon flambeau
La Philomele seraphique: O qu'un bonheur mondain
L'Amphion sacre: Si tu veux apprendre les pas a dancer, air d'apres Guedron
Dans le lit de la mort
Que je veux mal a ce peintre fantasque
Les oeuvres spirituelles: Quand je pense, Seigneur
Airs de differents autheurs mis en tablature de luth par G. Bataille: Hola, Charon nautonier infernal
L'Amphion sacre: Vous a qui plaist la dance, air d'apres Gastoldi
La Depouille d'Egypte: Ou va ce flambeau de ma vie?
La Philomele seraphique: Sortez, larmes sanglantes
La n'etaient que gibets
La Philomele seraphique: Sortez, larmes sanglantes
L'Amphion sacre: O heureuse nuitee
La pieuse Alouette, Part 1: Beni soit sur tout ce grand Dieu
Les Theoremes: Blanc est le vetement
La pieuse Alouette, Part 2: Benis dieu, o mon ame

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