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Airs Baroques Français / Patricia Petibon, Et Al


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 545481   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Baptiste LullyMarc-Antoine CharpentierJean-Philippe RameauN. Racot de Grandval
Performer:  Patricia Petibon
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies FrançoisesParis Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like olives, artichokes, and more essentially and problematically, anchovies, Patricia Petibon's voice is an acquired taste. She is a high coloratura (up to E-flat), her technique is formidable, capable of great floridity and very fine breath control, she sings mostly without vibrato, and the tone can be so diamond-brilliant that it can grate, although for darker dramatic moments she can moderate the shine. She becomes completely involved in what she's singing and so is very moving--the sadness and desperation of Jonathan in Charpentier's David et Jonathas is stunning, as is Armide's lunatic rage from Lully's opera (what she does with the word "hate" is worthy of Callas as Medea and is just as voice-wrecking). All of the Rameau Read more excerpts are deftly handled, from sylvan to warlike and back.

She also gets away with the frivolity and virtuosity of the almost entirely unknown 15-minute work by Grandval (1676-1753), in which the singer attempts to please his/her audience by calling upon all the various styles and themes of music of his time: a plaint by Orpheus, hymns to Bacchus, cute love songs, vengeance arias, evocations to Hell, a plea to Neptune, a battle cry, and so forth, all done with on-the-sleeve passion. The piece is a tour-de-force of changing mood--almost psychosis, in fact--and Petibon strikes me as the only singer I ever want to hear sing it. She can be amazingly seductive, flipping into high notes or cooing like a dove. She must be dynamite on stage.

Most of the music on this CD is rare and that's almost enough reason to want it, particularly if the French Baroque is your cup of tea. It is wonderfully played by a group called Les Folies Francoises led by Patrick Cohen-Akenine, with the all-important winds present and gorgeously played (the woody oboes in the first number from Platee, the bassoon in an aria from Les fetes d'Hymen), the harpsichord audible and commenting on the voice at all times, the strings attacked with verve, the trumpets and drums bringing us to our feet. Try it, you may like it. In fact, you may love it.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Armide, LWV 71: Enfin il est en ma puissance by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1686; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a short instrumental prelude. 
2.
Armide, LWV 71: Le perfide Renaud me fuit by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1686; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
David et Jonathas, H 490: A-t-on jamais souffert une plus rude peine? by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises,  Paris Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1688; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Entrée des Egyptiens by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Les Indes galantes: Chaconne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Volez Plaisirs, célébrez ce beau jour by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Amour, lance tes traits by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Platée: Soleil, fuis de ces lieux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Les Indes galantes: Viens, Hymen by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Les Indes galantes: Régnez, Plaisirs et Jeux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735/1761; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: L'amant que j'adore allait former de nouveaux noeuds by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Platée: Aux langueurs d'Apollon Daphné se refusa by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1745; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is preceded by the recitative "Formons les plus brillants concerts..." 
13.
Cantates (6) serieuses et comiques: Rien du tout by N. Racot de Grandval
Performer:  Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Notre-Dame du Liban Church, Paris 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Platée: Air de Clarine: Soleil, fuis de ces lieux (Act 1 Scène 6)
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Ariette de l'Égyptienne: Amour, lance tes traits
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Ariette de l'Égyptienne: L'amant que j'adore allait former de nouveaux noeuds
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Entrée des Égyptiens
Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour: Ariette de l'Amour: Volez Plaisirs, célébrez ce beau jour
Platée: Air de la Folie: Formons les plus brillants ... Aux langueurs d'Apollon Daphne se refusa (Act 2 Scène 5)
David et Jonathas: Jonathas: A-t-on jamais souffert une plus rude peine? (Act 4 Scène 3)
Armide: Prélude ... Armide: Enfin, il est en ma puissance (Act 2 Scène 5)
Armide: Armide: Le perfide Renaud me fuit (Act 5 Scène)
Les Indes Galantes: Air de Phani: Viens, Hymen
Les Indes Galantes: Air de Zima: Régnez, plaisirs et jeux
Les Indes Galantes: Chaconne
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