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Bouzignac: Te Deum, Motets / Christie, Les Arts Florissants


Release Date: 07/11/2006 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951471   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Matthias SprinzRichard ListerClaudia SchäferAymeric Dorange,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts FlorissantsLes Pages de la ChapelleOrlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If, by any chance, you should think that with another disc of French seventeenth-century church music from Les Arts Florissants you know what to expect, think again. Bouzignac is quite definitely, quite splendidly, different. Try Units ex vobis on your friends and see if they can tell what century it comes from, let alone what country (its lugubrious dialogue between Christ and his disciples actually sounds more like something from the Russian Orthodox Church). This is music that abandons itself to its text in as absolute and direct a way as you are ever likely to encounter in the baroque period, and the results are sometimes gripping, sometimes haunting, and sometimes both. I, for one, will find it hard to forget the extraordinary sound of Read more a solo tenor calling out as Pilate, "Ecco homo"—"Behold the man! Shall I crucify your king?"—and the starkly chordal answer of the chorus: "Crucify him!". The means of expression are boldly simple, their effect (especially when Pilate makes his final pianissimo enquiry, "What evil has he done?") devastating. But that is not all. Bouzignac knew his counterpoint; he could write in joyous, celebratory vein, rather like a lightfooted Gabrieli (Jubilate Deo); and there is also music of aching beauty—In pace in idipsum should be enough to melt anyone into their chair.

If the music comes as a surprise, the performances, too, are different from what you might have expected. Predictable, of course, is the way Christie marries an acute sense of drama to a sensitivity to words and to the music's lyrical qualities that few of today's baroque conductors can match. What is unusual for him, though, is that (for the first time, I think) he uses boy sopranos; their singing is hardly in the polished Arts Florissants mould, but it does square nicely with this music's straightforward mode of communication. I could write a lot more on the merits of this disc, but actually a much better idea would be for you to go out and buy it for yourself.

-- Gramophone [6/1994]
reviewing the original release of this title, HM 901471
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Works on This Recording

1. Te Deum by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut), Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut), Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut),
Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano), Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass),
Anne Mopin (Soprano), Steve Dugardin (Countertenor), Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2. Ecce festivitas amoris by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut), Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut),
Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass), Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut), Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor),
Anne Mopin (Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. Unus ex vobis by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Nathan Berg (Bass), Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. In pace, in idipsum by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Nathan Berg (Bass), Stephan Van Dyck (Tenor),
Paul Agnew (Tenor), Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Ha, plange by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6. Vulnerasti cor meum by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass), Paul Agnew (Tenor),
Steve Dugardin (Countertenor), Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 7 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: The authenticity of this work is doubtful. 
7. Alleluya, Venite amici by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut), Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut), Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut),
Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Genevieve School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
8. Flos in floris tempore by Guillaume Bouzignac
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
9. O mors, ero mors tua by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut), Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut), Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut),
Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Clamant clavi by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  François Bazola (Bass), Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut),
Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor), Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass), Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano),
Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut), Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11. Ecce aurora by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Christophe Davezac (Boy Soprano), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano),
Steve Dugardin (Countertenor), Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12. Dum silentium by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Jubilate Deo by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Steve Dugardin (Countertenor), Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Matthias Sprinz (Tenor Sackbut),
Richard Lister (Bass Sackbut), Claudia Schäfer (Tenor Sackbut)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
14. Salve Jesu piissime by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle,  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
15. Ave Maria by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16. Tota pulchra es by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Aymeric Dorange (Boy Soprano), Kenneth Weiss (Organ), Paul-Alexandre Dubois (Bass),
Steve Dugardin (Countertenor), Armand Gavriilidès (Countertenor), Anne Mopin (Soprano),
Arthur Le Mesre de Pas (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Genevieve School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
17. Ecce homo by Guillaume Bouzignac
Performer:  Kenneth Weiss (Organ)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Pages de la Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 04/1993 
Venue:  St. Geneviève School Chapel, Versailles 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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