Alternating between transcendentally inspired secular music and sacred music embodied in theatrical fashion, Geoffroy Jourdain invites us to explore the multiple expressions of human passions.
This new adventure of Les Cris de Paris, built around several settings of the ‘Crucifixus’ (including Lotti’s extraordinarily intense versions), urges us to follow a bold Via Dolorosa to the very heart of Venetian Baroque music.
The second Harmonia Mundi album from Les Cris de Paris is so much more than a selection box: it blends ‘transcendentally inspired secular music and sacred music embodied in theatrical fashion’,Read more exploring commonality between sacred and secular genres. This disc is a fine evocation of Baroque passions in every sense and one that keeps giving beyond the first few hearings. Absolutely not to be missed.
The performances are excellent, even given the variety of the program. They make for an hour and 15 minutes of immersion into the Venetian spirit. The vocalists are spot on pitch, and the instruments in tune, which only enhances the sometimes closer than normal harmonies. One really needs to give this one a try if there is any interested in the Venetian Baroque beyond the usual Vivaldi. – Fanfare Read less