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Charpentier: Pour Un Reposoir; Noels Pour Les Instruments / Les Domingos, Les Agremens


Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Ricercar   Catalog #: 338   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierTraditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les DominosLes Agrémens
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHARPENTIER Pour un reposoir, H. 508 . Nöels sur les instruments H. 531, 534 . Sonate à huit Florence Malgoire, cond; Les Dominos; Les Agrémens; Ch de C de Namur RICERCAR 338 (69:47 Text and Translation)


This is an interesting, if somewhat unfocused, collection of music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. It’s made up of a multi-movement piece Read more intended to accompany the sacrament of the Eucharist—one of several such compositions he wrote over the years—two collections of noels, which include those transcribed (in a few instances, more than once) by Charpentier, mixed with a few traditional arrangements, and a Sonate à huit that, like Couperin’s sonades , reflects an early and positive French response to the Corellian sonata.


Pour un reposoir , in seven movements, is a typically curious French Baroque religious hybrid. It starts with a two-part Overture that, aside from its short length, would have done credit to a Lully opera. (The likeness is emphasized by the entire work being in Lully’s favored five parts.) There follows an orchestral Tantum ergo , the Gregorian model (with its first verse sung by three baritones, accompanied—as was the Baroque custom—by serpent), a fugal orchestral movement on the Tantum ergo theme, a sung Genitori, geintoque , a fugal orchestral Amen , and a final, far lengthier allemande grave , whose pronounced pomp and swagger presumably meant it was to accompany the filing out of nobility in attendance.


The noels on this album are a by-no-means consecutive mix of two collections of Charpentier’s arrangements, 10 in number, and four others as sung a capella in traditional fashion. A few remain well known even today— Une jeune pucelle, Joseph est bien marié, Les Bourgeois de Châtre —and can even be heard on occasion in the U.S. during brief pauses between the hundreds of Rudolfs and Frosties we are annually graced with. Points to Florence Malgoire and Les Dominos for a selection that deliberately contrasts different treatments. I disagree on one point here: the use of a full-sized organ (that of the church of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwebasiliek from the ancient Belgian town of Tongeren) in the noels. The liner notes state that since the organ’s cornet register is indicated in manuscript to double the violins in Or nous dites Marie , a full-sized church organ is clearly meant for all these pieces, “and not a small positive organ such as we nowadays hear all too often in performances.” But this overlooks the fact that similar comments do not occur in the other noels. In context, Charpentier’s comment probably was intended as a note if the work was performed on a full-sized instrument—since it was not just common but expected during the period for music to be performed in many different arrangements, for a variety of voices and orchestration. The organ as heard here sounds too thick while doubling the bass lines of Les Bourgeois de Chârte and Ô créateur.


Finally, the Sonate is a stylistic reconciliation: Italian violins, a bass violin with five strings(!), a French viol, and bass viol are all requested, as well as a pair of transverse flutes, with theorbo and harpsichord for figured bass. The four movements give the effect, as Couperin’s chamber music not infrequently does, of being an opera-in-miniature. Two of the movements even start with very French-sounding recitatives, followed by a mix of dances that for the most part seem French, as well, save for an extremely Italianate gigue. The whole thing is brilliantly written to showcase the qualities of the different instruments in various solos and duets. The work deserves to be far better known than it currently is.


My only concerns about performance have already been stated. For the rest, Les Dominos, whom I so enjoyed in a release of Couperin’s sonades (Ricercar 330), once again prove themselves to be a spirited, technically and stylistically expert ensemble. Added orchestral forces from Les Agrémens in the noels and Pour un reposoir mesh completely, while the Namur singers are a disciplined, beautifully enunciating lot. Whether listeners are as bothered as I periodically was by the large organ sound, this recording is especially to be recommended for the hard-to-locate Sonata.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony pour un reposoir, H 508 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1670 
Date of Recording: 2013 
Venue:  Beaufays, église Saint-Jean l'évangélist 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Chantons je vous en prie by Traditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 2, Les bourgeois de Chastre by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 2, O Créateur by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
5.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 3, Vous qui désirez sans fin by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 1, Laissez, paître, vos bêtes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
A la venue de Noël by Traditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8.
Joseph est bien marié by Traditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
9.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 4, Or nous dites, Marie by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
10.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 1, A la venue de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 6, Une jeune pucelle by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
12.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 3, Joseph est bien marié by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
13.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 5, Où s'en vont ces gais bergers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Une jeune pucelle by Traditional
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos,  Les Agrémens
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/2013 
Venue:  Tongeren, Belgium 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
15.
Sonata for 2 Flutes, 2 Violins, Viola da gamba, Double Bass, Harpsichord and Theorbo, H 548 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Organ)
Conductor:  Florence Malgoire
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Dominos
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/2012 
Venue:  Saintes, Abbaye aux Dames 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphonies pour un reposoir, H. 508: I. Ouverture
Symphonies pour un reposoir, H. 508: II. Tantum ergo
Tantum ergo sacramentum [15th Century]: Tantum ergo sacramentum
Symphonies pour un reposoir, H. 508: III. (Fugue)
Tantum ergo sacramentum [15th Century]: Genitori
Symphonies pour un reposoir, H. 508: IV. Amen
Symphonies pour un reposoir, H. 508: V. Allemande grave
Chantons je vous en prie
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Les bourgeois de Chatres
3 Noels, H. 531: O Createur
3 Noels, H. 531: Vous qui desirez sans fin
3 Noels, H. 531: Laissez paitre vos betes
A la venue de Noel
Joseph est bien marie
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Or nous dites Marie
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: A la venue de Noel
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Une jeune pucelle
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Joseph est bien marie
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Ou s'en vont ces gais bergers?
Une jeune pucelle
Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Les bourgeois de Chatres
Sonate, H. 548a: I. Grave
Sonate, H. 548a: II. Recitatif - Sarabande
Sonate, H. 548a: III. Recitatif - Bourree
Sonate, H. 548a: IV. Gavotte - V. Gigue - VI. Passacaille - VII. Chaconne

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