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Lamentations - Holy Week In Provence / Cohen, Boston Camerata


Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 4601512   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guillaume BouzignacJean GillesPierre GodolinCarpentras
Performer:  Christopher KaleWilliam HiteAnne AzémaDaniel McCabe,   ... 
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston CamerataSchola Cantorum Boston
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a slightly unusual programme destined, I fear, to that special type of obscurity caused by the fact that no record shop will be too sure which shelf to put it on — unless it has a 'Provence' section, that is. It's a fate that it doesn't really deserve; in compiling a sequence of music for Holy Week from Provence, Joel Cohen has brought together pieces from three different composers and three different countries, mixing them up with a bit of chant and even some appropriate lines of old French poetry. It's all very imaginative and refreshing for a CD (one suspects it might have started out life as a concert programme), but will it catch on?

The composers are not big names, but they shouldn't really be any the less
Read more interesting for that. They certainly don't lack originality. Bouzignac is an extraordinary one-off, his music as direct as anything from the baroque period. William Christie's haunting disc of Bouzignac motets (Harmonia Mundi, 6/94) has been one of my favourite records of recent years, and two of the same works (two of the most striking, indeed) appear here; Cohen's group sing them with more clarity and definition than Christie's, though with less mystery. Carpentras, too, is an interesting figure, a post-Josquin man apparently troubled by mental illness whose Vexilla regis is intermixed with verses of chant. Best-known, perhaps, is Jean Gilles, famed for his Requiem, but here represented by his Lamentations, settings which depart from the French baroque norm in favouring a choral motet style with solo voices and strings over the solovoice-and-continuo type familiar from the works of Charpentier and Couperin. If you like French music but long for something different and un-Parisian, this disc could well be for you. All the performances are clean, attractive and sensitive, if a touch fragile and recorded a little closely for my liking; individual voices emerge from the choral texture in places, not always to advantage.

-- LK, Gramophone [11/1995] Reviewing original release, Erato 98480
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Works on This Recording

1. Unus ex vobis by Guillaume Bouzignac
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Quomodo sedet sola civitas by Jean Gilles
Performer:  Christopher Kale (Tenor), William Hite (Tenor), Anne Azéma (Soprano),
Daniel McCabe (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Ha, plange by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Christopher Kale (Tenor), Daniel McCabe (Bass Baritone), Frederick Jodry (Countertenor),
Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Cogitavit, Dominus, dissipare by Jean Gilles
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano), Donald MacCourt (Bass Baritone), Christopher Kale (Tenor),
William Hite (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Ne avertas faciem tuam by Pierre Godolin
Performer:  Daniel McCabe (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1610; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6. Misericordiae Domini quia non sumus by Jean Gilles
Performer:  Daniel McCabe (Bass Baritone), William Hite (Tenor), Anne Azéma (Soprano),
Christopher Kale (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 9 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Vexilla regis by Carpentras
Performer:  William Hite (Tenor), Anne Azéma (Soprano), Frederick Jodry (Countertenor),
Christopher Kale (Tenor), Daniel McCabe (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  Campion Center, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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