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A French Baroque Diva / Carolyn Sampson


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68035   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis LacosteMichel-Richard de LalandeJean-Jacques RousseauJean-Philippe Rameau,   ... 
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



A welcome return of Carolyn Sampson and Ex Cathedra to Hyperion, performing the rich, fulsome music of the French Baroque. Their recording of love songs from Rameau’s operas (Hyperion CDA67447) was hugely acclaimed for Sampson’s stylish, fluid, seductive performances, and ten years later her artistry is even more dazzling.

This album is of particular interest as rather than concentrating on one composer it showcases the works written for the premiere soprano of the day, Marie Fel. Voltaire called her his ‘adorable nightingale’. For d’Aquin, she was an enchanted being. Marie Fel was the soprano who held an entire generation spellbound at the Paris Opéra
Read more and at Louis XV’s court during one of the most glorious periods of French music. With a voice described as ‘pure, charming, silvery’ (La Borde), ‘touching and sublime’ (Grimm) and ‘always lovely, always seductive’ (d’Aquin), she inspired some of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s finest music and introduced a whole new level of virtuosity and expression into the French singing tradition. Her long, triumphant career is traced through this fascinating recording.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Philomèle: Ah! quand reviendront nos beaux jours? by Louis Lacoste
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
2.
Exsurgat Deus, S71: Regna terrae by Michel-Richard de Lalande
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
3.
Te Deum, S32: Sinfonie by Michel-Richard de Lalande
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
4.
Te Deum, S32: Tu rex gloriae by Michel-Richard de Lalande
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
5.
Te Deum, S32: Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem by Michel-Richard de Lalande
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
6.
Salve regina by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
7.
Castor et Pollux: Tristes apprêts by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1737; Paris, France 
Notes: This selection begins with "Un tendre intérêt vous appelle". 
8.
Platée: Amour, lance tes traits by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
9.
Daphnis et Alcimadure: Gazoüillats auzeléts by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1754/1768; France 
10.
Laudate pueri: Laudate pueri by Joseph-Hector Fiocco
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
11.
Laudate pueri: A solis ortu by Joseph-Hector Fiocco
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
12.
Laudate pueri: Alleluia by Joseph-Hector Fiocco
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
13.
Venite exultemus: Venite, adoremus by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740; France 
14.
La lyre enchantée by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
15.
Cantate Domino, S72: Viderunt omnes termini terrae by Michel-Richard de Lalande
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
16.
Venite exultemus: Hodie si vocem by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
Performer:  Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1740; France 

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