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Clerambault: Cantates francaises / Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis


Release Date: 01/26/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 356  
Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Reinoud Van Mechelen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Nocte Temporis
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After a Bach album, the tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and his ensemble A Nocte Temporis present a programme of French music devoted to Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749), a precociously gifted composer who published four volumes comprising a total of twenty-one cantatas. Reinoud van Mechelen offers us an anthology of these Cantates Françoises – Le Jaloux with its final air ‘Dieu des Amants’, Apollon, L’Amour guéri par l’amour and Pirasme et Thisbé (based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses) – set as a succession of recitatives, airs and simphonies, as in a tragédie lyrique. The young Flemish tenor, now aged thirty, pursues an intensive solo career with the leading Baroque conductors (Christie, Pichon, Niquet) but is also Read more keen to develop his personal projects and his ensemble: ‘I’m a purist but without elitism. Music has to appeal to people. Perhaps that requires them to make an effort and depends on different criteria from the somewhat sensationalist criteria of society, politics and money. But music must be more than a simple distraction, and many people actually want it that way’, he told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir in 2017, when the Prix Caecilia named him ‘Artist of the Year’. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cantates françaises, Livre 3: Apollon by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Reinoud Van Mechelen (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Nocte Temporis
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
2.
Cantates françaises, Livre 1: Le jaloux by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Reinoud Van Mechelen (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Nocte Temporis
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
3.
Cantates françaises, Livre 4: L'Amour guéri par l'amour by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Reinoud Van Mechelen (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Nocte Temporis
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
4.
Cantates françaises, Livre 2: Pirâme et Tisbé by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Reinoud Van Mechelen (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Nocte Temporis
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; France 

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