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Canticum Canticorum / Les Voix Baroques


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2503   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni PalestrinaOrlando de LassusHeinrich SchützDomenico Mazzocchi,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This programming concept isn't new--works based on texts from the biblical Song of Songs--but with ensemble singing this good and musical selections of this high caliber, who cares? The one thing that may be original is the particularly interesting mix of old and new, a range that incorporates Dunstable and Lassus as well as the 20th century's Healey Willan and William Walton.

But it's the singing that's the real star here. These six singers--Dorothee Mields, Catherine Webster, Matthew White, Colin Balzer, Sumner Thompson, and Robert Macdonald--sometimes accompanied by baroque strings and winds, sometimes not, are all experienced artists and veterans of some of the world's finest
Read more vocal groups and performing venues. All matters of ensemble precision, balance, blend, phrasing, and expressive articulation come naturally to them, whether it's Purcell (My beloved spake) or Palestrina (Osculetur me osculo oris sui). The two Willan selections--the Marian motets Rise up, my love, my fair one, and I beheld her, beautiful as a dove--are exquisite little gems well known to Canadian choirs but deserving of far greater attention elsewhere; it's nice to hear them in these sensitively sung, one-voice-to-a-part renditions. Other highlights are Walton's lovely marriage motet from 1938, Set me as a seal upon thine heart, and Dunstable's Quam pulchra es, sung here by three ideally matched male voices.

The instrumental accompaniments (and one ensemble-only selection--a Passacaille by Marin Marais) are first-rate, consistently complementary to the voices, and everything is expertly captured in the agreeable acoustic of Quebec's Église Saint-Augustin. Liner notes by François Filiatrault are thoughtful and informative, adding helpful background to understanding the program's choices and purpose. Strongly recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Veni in hortum meum by Orlando de Lassus
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1562; Munich, Germany 
2. Osculetur me osculo oris sui by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1854; Italy 
3. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6: Anima mea liquefacta est, SWV 263 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1629; Venice, Italy 
4. Symphoniae sacrae, Op. 6: Adjuro vos, filiae, SWV 264 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1629; Venice, Italy 
5. Dialogo della cantica by Domenico Mazzocchi
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
6. Rise up, my love, my fair one, B 314 by Healey Willan
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1937; Canada 
7. I beheld her beautiful as a dove, B 312 by Healey Willan
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1937; Canada 
8. Set me as a seal upon thine heart by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
9. My beloved spake unto me by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
10. Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Ego dormio, et cor meum, SWV 63 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1625; Germany 
11. Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Vulnerasti cor meum, SWV 64 by Heinrich Schütz
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1625; Germany 
12. Dilecti mi, H 436 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
13. Passacaille by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
14. Antienne pour les Vępres de l’Assomption de la vierge: Aprčs Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, H 52 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?late 1690s; France 
15. Quam pulchra es, MB 44 by John Dunstable
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; England 
16. My beloved spake, Z 28 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Stephen Stubbs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; England 

Featured Sound Samples

Veni in hortum meum (Lassus)
My beloved spake unto me (Tomkins)

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