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Les Maitres du Motet / Agnew, Les Arts Florissants


Release Date: 09/28/2018 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 8905300  
Composer:  André RaisonSébastien de BrossardPierre Bouteiller
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A sophisticated composer, Brossard also left his mark thanks to the extraordinary collection of music manuscripts he amassed over the course of his life. Preserved for posterity when he catalogued and handed it over to the royal library in 1724, the compendium contains an impressive number of musical gems like the Requiem by Bouteiller, which Brossard counted among the best Mass settings in his possession. Focusing on the work of these French masters, Paul Agnew has fashioned a program exploring the role of cathedral and chapel choirs during the reign of Louis XIV.

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Nineteen singers, including seven soloists – voices of character in vibrant ensemble – plus continuo collaborate with
Read more grace, solemnity, elegant expression, sublime refinement, and exquisitely tasteful phrasing. There is some solo singing of ineffable sweetness and the performers give every impression of total immersion in early 18th-century French culture.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Messe du premier ton, for organ by André Raison
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; France 
Notes: Kyrie. 
2.
Miserere mei, Deus by Sébastien de Brossard
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
3.
Messe du deuxičme ton, for organ by André Raison
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Notes: Kyrie. 
4.
Stabat mater by Sébastien de Brossard
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
5.
Missa pro defunctis by Pierre Bouteiller
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
6.
Ave verum corpus by Sébastien de Brossard
Conductor:  Paul Agnew
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants

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