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Veritas - Dans Un Bois Solitaire / Lesne, Seminario Musicale


Release Date: 06/05/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics Special Import Catalog #: 45303   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lambert du BuissonPhilippe CourboisNicolas BernierJean-Baptiste Stuck,   ... 
Performer:  Gérard Lesne
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These pieces are like miniaturized operatic episodes, capable of conveying considerable emotional power, and Lesne's distinctively rich singing is a constant pleasure.

Having heard and enjoyed Gerard Lesne and his group in so many Italian cantatas in recent years, it is a special pleasure to hear him turning to the genre's French counterpart. A fascinating and still largely untapped corner of the repertoire, the cantate francaise was a popular form of home music-making in the early years of the eighteenth century, offering amateurs a chance, as the lexicographer Brossard put it, 'to soften the sorrows of solitude, without all the trouble expense and paraphernalia of an opera.' The reference to opera is significant,
Read more because these pieces - usually about a quarter-of-an-hour in length - really are like miniaturized operatic episodes, serving up a variety of moods and, in the best cases, capable of conveying considerable emotional power.

The best works in this selection are Aminte et Lucrine by the French cantata's most prolific exponent, Nicolas Bernier, and Pirame et Tisbé by perhaps its most skilled master, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault. Hearing the impressively sonorous pronouncements of the Oracle of Diana in the former, or the roaring of the (continuo) lion in the hatter, you begin to wonder why these two did not compose any operas themselves, unless it be that they were justifiably quite happy with what they had already achieved here. All the works on the disc, however, have something to offer both dramatically and lyrically, and the lack of familiarity of the composers' names should not be allowed to put anyone off.

Lesne's singing is once again a constant pleasure. His distinctively rich and manly alto voice is a reliable and even-toned instrument, while his musical intelligence and excellent projection of words is insurance against the slightest hint of blandness. As usual I find his continuo group a little heavy-handed in places, though it is good to hear them being unafraid to enter into the dramatic spirit. A most rewarding release.

-- Gramophone [10/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Plainte sur la mort de Monsieur Lambert by Lambert du Buisson
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Language: French 
2.
Cantates françoises: L'amant timide by Philippe Courbois
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; France 
Language: French 
3.
Cantates Françoises, Book 7: Aminte et Lucrine by Nicolas Bernier
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; France 
Language: French 
4.
Cantates (6) françoises, Book 4: Les festes bolonnoises by Jean-Baptiste Stuck
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; France 
Language: French 
5.
Cantates françaises, Livre 2: Pirâme et Tisbé by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Countertenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; France 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Plainte sur la mort de Monseur Lambert (1696)
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: (Prélude) Gravement - Récitatif: Pirame, pour Tisbé
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Air: Si votre tendresse est extrême
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Récitatif: Tisbé, pour résister à l'ardeur
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Air: Aux pieds de ces tombeaux
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Air: Vole, vole, dit-elle
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Plainte: Quoi? Tisbé, tu n'es plus?
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Air: Venez, monstres affreux
Pirame et Tisbé - Cantate: Air: Amour, qui voudra désormais s'empresser
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Récitatif: La beauté qu'adore Philène
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Air: Fuyez, juyez, nuages sombres
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Récitatif: Mais c'en est fait
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Air: Vous qui différez la présence
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Récitatif: Tandis que le berger
L'Amant timide - Cantate: Air: Dans le moment le plus tendre
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Prélude: Tendrement et coulé - Air: Que mon destin, hélas, est déplorable!
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Récitatif: C'est ainsi que l'Amour
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Air: Divine protectrice
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Récitatif: La déesse, sensible à ses tristes accents
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Oracle: Diane est irritée
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Récitatif: La perfide à l'instant est conduite
Aminte et Lucrine - Cantata: Air: Vous qui soumettez à vos lois
Les Festes bolonnoises - Cinqième cantate avex deux violins: Prélude
Les Festes bolonnoises - Cinqième cantate avex deux violins: Récitatif: Quel bruit fait retentir
Les Festes bolonnoises - Cinqième cantate avex deux violins: Air: Volez, volez, charmants Amours
Les Festes bolonnoises - Cinqième cantate avex deux violins: Récitatif: Bientôt un héros glorieux
Les Festes bolonnoises - Cinqième cantate avex deux violins: Air: Que de la Seine à la Tamise

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