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L'esprit Galant / Johannette Zomer, Fred Jacobs


Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 24307   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antoine BoëssetEnnemond GaultierMichel LambertNicolas Hotman,   ... 
Performer:  Fred JacobsJohannette Zomer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

French composers in the 17th century chose to set to music. Galanterie implies lightness and grace, both of which are to be found in this selection and in the singing ofJohannette Zomer. The other side of the coin is that the subject matter of the air sirieux was often the despair of an abandoned lover. Several of these songs have the singer seeking the darkness of a wood or forest in which to express loneliness and desolation.

Perhaps "desolation" is too strong a word, as the emotional weight is, indeed, often galant rather than heart-rending. The first item, Noires forets by Antoine Boesset, has the lover avoiding daylight after his lady has announced the end of their affair (oddly translated in the booklet as
Read more "the day of my execution"). The air — in two stanzas, the second being a decorated version of the first — is attractive enough; but you will listen in vain for the passion with which a contemporary Italian composer would have expressed the lover's plight.

On the other hand, Rochers, vous etes sourds by Michel Lambert, where Ariadne contrasts the immobility of her audience with the flight of her ungrateful rock, Theseus, does touch the heart. So does Laissez (hirer la nuit by Sebastien le Camus where, again, the lover seeks the dark. The reason lies not so much in the content as in the expressiveness that Zomer brings to the vocal line, sometimes very effectively intensifying her tone on a sustained note. She and Fred Jacobs are excellent advocates for music that did, in truth, grow on me.

-- Richard Lawrence, Gramophone [5/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Noires forêts by Antoine Boësset
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Que servent tes conseils by Antoine Boësset
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
L'Immortelle by Ennemond Gaultier
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
4.
Me veux-tu voir mourir by Antoine Boësset
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Vous éprouver toujours sévère by Michel Lambert
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1660; France 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Ombre de mon amant by Michel Lambert
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Sarraband for Bass Viola da gamba solo by Nicolas Hotman
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Il n'est point d'amour sans peine by Michel Lambert
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
9.
Rochers, vous etes sourds by Michel Lambert
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1660; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: France.
Composition revised: France (BY 1660). 
10.
Vos mespris chaque jour by Michel Lambert
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
11.
Forêts solitaires by Sébastien Le Camus
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Laissez durer la nuit by Sébastien Le Camus
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
13.
Qu'une longue tiédeur ennuie by Sébastien Le Camus
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Amour, cruel amour by Sébastien Le Camus
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15.
Pièces de theorbe et de luth mises en partition dessus et basse: Mascarade by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1716; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
16.
Chaconne by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
17.
Ah! laissez-moi rêver, H 441 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
18.
Celle qui fait tout mon tourment, H 450 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo), Johannette Zomer (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
19.
Ah, qu'on est malheureux, H 443 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
20.
Ruisseau qui nourris dans ce bois, H 466 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
21.
Sans frayeur dans ce bois, H 467 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1680; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
22.
Prelude by Robert de Visée
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
23.
Pieces de theorbe in d minor: Allemande by Nicholas Hotman
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
24.
Pieces de theorbe in d minor: Passacaille by Nicholas Hotman
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
25.
Pieces de theorbe in d minor: Courante by Nicholas Hotman
Performer:  Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
26.
Ah!Fuyons ce dangereux sejour by Sébastien Le Camus
Performer:  Johannette Zomer (Soprano), Fred Jacobs (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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