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Star Of The Magi / Le Blanc, Taylor, Les Voix Humaines


Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2190   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousWilliam ByrdJean-François Dandrieu,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel TaylorSuzie LeBlancMargaret LittleSusie Napper,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


As many times as I've heard the medieval carol "There is no rose", it still works its mysterious magic--and especially so when performed as beautifully as it is on this must-have Christmas recording from the Quebec-based Atma label. Daniel Taylor not only is one of the world's top countertenors (along with Andreas Scholl and David Daniels), but simply is one of the world's top singers, period. And his singing partner here, soprano Suzie Le Blanc, has no superior in the realm of early music. Together, these two are a marvel--not only in the aforementioned "There is no rose", but also in their ideally interpreted and perfectly tuned "Nowell: Dieu vous garde" duet. And on
Read more their own, as in Taylor's heart-rending delivery of Byrd's "Lullaby, my sweet little baby" and Le Blanc's tender and passionate "Une jeune pucelle", they are unforgettable.


The instrumental accompaniments and solo offerings are equally fine, especially the work of lutenist Sylvain Bergeron, a world-class master of early and baroque style, whose contributions are invariably tasteful and imaginative. Also appearing are Susie Napper and Margaret Little, who have made a respectable name for themselves as Les Voix Humaines, a viola da gamba duo--a unique niche if ever there were one! The program is a well-chosen and intelligently organized selection of early carols and dances directly associated with the celebration of Christmas, made even more appealing by skillful, enticing arrangements that include viols, recorder, lute, drum, bells, and percussion. The sound is remarkable for its realism. Be prepared to be convinced that these performers are right in the room with you!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
There is no rose by Traditional
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Written: England 
2.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba), Francis Colpron (Recorder),
Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Rafik Samman (Drum), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
3.
Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer:  Rafik Samman (Glockenspiel), Francis Colpron (Recorder), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba),
Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Notes: Arranger: Susan Napper.
This selection is based on the tune "Branle l'officiel" from Thoinot
Arbeau's "Orchésographie". 
4.
Dieu vous garde "Sir Christèmas" by Anonymous
Performer:  Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Rafik Samman (Percussion),
Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Francis Colpron (Recorder), Daniel Taylor (Countertenor),
Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century; France 
5.
Psalmes, Sonets and Songs: Lullaby, my sweet little baby by William Byrd
Performer:  Daniel Taylor (Countertenor), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1588; England 
Notes: Arranger: Susan Napper. 
6.
Noëls for Organ: Une jeune pucelle by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba),
Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
Notes: Arranger: Susan Napper. 
7.
Noëls for Organ: no 5, Joseph est bien marié by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
Notes: Arranger: Susan Napper. 
8.
Les pièces de clavessin: Les Cloches by Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue
Performer:  Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba), Rafik Samman (Bell), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1677; France 
9.
Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13: Hor ch'è tempo di dormire "Canzonetta Spirituale" by Tarquinio Merula
Performer:  Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba), Sylvain Bergeron (Lute), Suzie LeBlanc (Soprano),
Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
10.
Canzona by Francesco Turini
Performer:  Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Francis Colpron (Recorder),
Sylvain Bergeron (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
11.
Ríu, ríu, chíu "El lobo rabioso" by Mateo Flecha
Performer:  Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Notes: Arranger: Susan Napper. 
12.
Fantaisie sur "Une jeune fillette" by Francois du Caurroy
Performer:  Francis Colpron (Recorder), Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba), Margaret Little (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Humaines
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Paris, France 

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