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French Noels Of The 18th Century / Ensemble Les Boreades


Release Date: 08/22/1998 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2118   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-François DandrieuMichel CorretteLouis-Claude DaquinClaude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Éric MercierRafik SammanFrancis ColpronMarie Bouchard,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since the 15th century (except for several decades following the French Revolution) noëls were a part of French (and eventually other countries') Christmas celebrations, whether sung to existing secular tunes, played on various instruments, or arranged for organ. Generally pastoral in character, these little songs also strongly favored dance rhythms but also occasionally might reflect a more meditative, restful mood. Although some of these tunes have found their way into the wider Christmas carol repertoire, most listeners won't recognize the majority of the noëls performed here by the very fine Canadian instrumental ensemble Les Boréades. In fact, it isn't until track 7 where our ears perk up to a familiar Read more tune--"Joseph est bien marié" (you'll know it when you hear it!)--followed by one other (track 11), "Bon Joseph, écoute moy".

But most importantly, this entire collection--which focuses on the instrumental arrangements from the 18th century by Dandrieu, Daquin, and Corrette--provided a very pleasing hour of listening, owing to the appealing tunes, variety of period instruments, ear-catching arrangements, first-rate musicianship, and complementary sound. For me the only point where attention flagged was during the very, very long (more than 10 minutes) "Une bergère jolie", where the endless drone and very simple melodic/rhythmic material, beautiful in the beginning, wore out its welcome after one hearing. Nevertheless, these musicians have effectively captured the color, stylistic spirit, and occasionally virtuosic nature of this interesting, special area of Christmas music, so light, happy, and innocent of any encumbering complexity. Recommended.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Noëls for Organ: Nous sommes en voie by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Éric Mercier (Cornemuse), Rafik Samman (Tambura), Francis Colpron (Soprano Recorder),
Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Susie Napper (Cello), Hélène Plouffe (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
2. Nouveau livre de noëls: Tous les bourgeois de Chastres by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Susie Napper (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1753; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3. Nouveau Livre De Noëls: 2. Noël en Dialogue, Duo, Trio, sur le Cornet de Récit, Les Tierces du Posit by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Francis Colpron (Alto Recorder), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba),
Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4. Noël provençal by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Susie Napper (Cello), Rafik Samman (Tambura), Francis Colpron (Soprano Recorder),
Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
5. Nouveau Livre De Noëls: 3. Noël en Musette, en Dialogue, et en Duo. Très Tendrement by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Marie Bouchard (Positive), Susie Napper (Treble Vla da gamba),
Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Francis Colpron (Tenor Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
6. Où s'en vont ces gays bergers by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Susie Napper (Cello), Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Hélène Plouffe (Violin),
Francis Colpron (Soprano Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7. Joseph est bien marié by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba), Francis Colpron (Alto Recorder), Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord),
Hélène Plouffe (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
8. Recueil de noëls formant 4 suittes: Suite no 2 in A major - Il est un petit ange by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9. Nouveau Livre De Noëls: 1. Noël sur Les Jeux D'Anches, Sans Tremblant by Louis-Claude Daquin
Performer:  Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba), Francis Colpron (Soprano Recorder), Hélène Plouffe (Violin),
Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10. Nouveau livre de noëls: Une jeune pecelle by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Francis Colpron (Alto Recorder), Susie Napper (Bass Viola da gamba), Hélène Plouffe (Violin),
Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1753; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11. Noëls: Noël Poitevin by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Susie Napper (Cello), Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Éric Mercier (Cornemuse),
Hélène Plouffe (Violin), Francis Colpron (Soprano Recorder), Rafik Samman (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Written: pub ?1721-33 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12. Bon Joseph écoute moy by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Marie Bouchard (Harpsichord), Susie Napper (Cello), Hélène Plouffe (Violin),
Francis Colpron (Tenor Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Boréades Montreal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  St. Augustin of Mirabel Church, Québec 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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 Ann interesting, fine recording! January 7, 2014 By Gerald M. (Rockville, MD) See All My Reviews "Enjoyable instrumental performances of French Noels." Report Abuse
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