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Lalande: Majeste / Dumestre, Le Poeme Harmonique


Release Date: 04/13/2018 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 968  
Composer:  Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Dagmar SaskovaSean ClaytonEmmanuelle De NegriAndré Morsch,   ... 
Conductor:  Vincent DumestreMathieu Romano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Počme HarmoniqueEnsemble Aedes
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1683, Michel-Richard de Lalande entered the Chapelle Royale as a sous-maître after receiving the support of Louis XIV in a formidable recruitment competition. Still only twenty-five years old, the young composer would swiftly become established as the King’s favorite and ascend to the most coveted posts at court in a career spanning almost forty years. Above all, Louis included him in the consultations for the construction of the new Chapelle Royale, adjacent to Versailles Palace. As the arches gradually rose skywards, Lalande composed and revised his motets, which give expression to the then-peerless grandeur of the realm, while at the same time testifying to the chapel’s incomparable acoustics. His works – settings of psalms, Read more hymns, the Te Deum – record the atmosphere at court in the liturgy, in times of both trouble and rejoicing. Following their earlier recording of Te Deum settings by Lully and Charpentier at the Chapelle Royale, Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique have now returned to Versailles to tackle the music Lalande composed for that extraordinary place. Alongside the grands motets Deitatis majestatem and Ecce nunc benedicite, with their synthesis of royal pomp and the language of opera, they offer the deeply moving Miserere and the most grandiose Te Deum performed in the reign of Louis XIV, the Te Deum of the King himself. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Deitatis majestatem by Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Dagmar Saskova (Mezzo Soprano), Sean Clayton (Haute-contre), Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano),
André Morsch (Bass), Cyril Auvity (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre,  Mathieu Romano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Počme Harmonique,  Ensemble Aedes
2.
Ecce nunc benedicite by Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Dagmar Saskova (Mezzo Soprano), Sean Clayton (Haute-contre), Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano),
André Morsch (Bass), Cyril Auvity (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre,  Mathieu Romano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Počme Harmonique,  Ensemble Aedes
3.
Te deum by Michel-Richard d Lalande
Performer:  Dagmar Saskova (Mezzo Soprano), Sean Clayton (Haute-contre), Emmanuelle De Negri (Soprano),
André Morsch (Bass), Cyril Auvity (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre,  Mathieu Romano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Počme Harmonique,  Ensemble Aedes

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review / Revue de presse August 27, 2018 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "This CD is undeniably one of the most interesting production recorded lately. Vincent Dumestre and his colleage musisicans of the ensemble Le Poème Harmonique are accompanied by a chorus of 28 singers from the Ensemble Eades under the leadership of Mathias Romano. They are joined by five soloists: the two sopranos Emmanuelle Negri and Dagmar Šašková, the haute-contre Sean Clayton, the tenor Cyril Auvity and the bass André Morsch. The program is made up of three Grand motets performed in the royal chapel of king Louis XIV of France. The composer, Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) had a fairly long career while serving his king. He composed 77 such motets. The recording has been evaluated by at least 17 reviewers. One can read a thorough analysis of these reviews on ' classicalacarte.org '. All the reviewers from the U.K and the U.S.A. are enthusiastic about this production. French reviewers are more hesitant. Philippe Venturini from Classica (# 203, 06/2018) (4/6 stars) writes: “… it is the convincing strength of this interpretation which warrants its success ». “This collective and communicative enthusiasm … is always guided by a pompous approach, but also by the intelligence of the text”. “This eloquent music … could not have been served by more zealous musicians ». Yvan Breuvard (Forum Opéra, 06/2018) (4/4 stars) expresses great satisfaction: “The soloists are all equally familiar with this repertory…”. “Vincent Dumestre leads his ensemble with vigour and sensibility; this music is within him”. “Globally, a perfect interpretation …, well recorded in the ideal environment of the Chapelle Royale of Versailles”. If one wonders about the cover art showing the left leg of the Sun King, it is a detail from a famous painting from a work either inspired or copied from Claude Lefebvre: ‘Portrait en pied de Louis XIV’ painted around 1670. This explains the very appropriate title of the recording: ‘Majesté’ (Majesty!). Search in your browser with the following criteria – ‘ portrait en pied Louis XIV Lefebvre ’ to see a reproduction of the original painting. Its gorgeous! If you wish to read some of the reviews I have consulted , you need only search with the following criteria : ‘ classicalacarte + ID369 ’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~" Report Abuse
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