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Andre Campra: Jesu Amantissime

Campra / Folies Francoises / Cohen-akenine
Release Date: 10/09/2012 
Label:  Cypres   Catalog #: 1665   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  André CampraJean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Jean-François NovelliMarc LabonnetteJean-François Lombard
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Number of Discs: 1 
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CAMPRA Petits motets. DANDRIEU Sonata en trio in d. Magnificats for organ Patrick Cohën-Akenine, cond; Les folies françoises CYPRES 1665 (64:38 Text and Translation)


André Campra’s Petits motets , like his operas, reveal over time a progression from a lengthy French musical tradition towards les Read more goûts réunis , the reconciliation of French and Italian music. This disc charts that course through three of his five published collections. Quam Dilecta (1695), for three voices and continuo, displays a beguiling, folk-like directness of expression. (But the sense of change can be found in three of the other 13 motets in the same collection, with parts for two violins, against the prevailing practice of resisting instruments in French church service. Only a year before, they were allowed in Notre Dame for the first time, and that was because Campra had recently become headmaster of the choir school there.) O Jesu amantissime and Immensus es Domine (1699) each incorporate Italianate elements. The former, at the phrase, “Proptereà concupiscit et deficit,” moves into a heavily chromatic passage thick with cross relations suggestive of the Italian baroque at its most expressive, while the latter begins with an elaborate ritournelle between its pair of violins and organ continuo, and employs a sonata da chiesa structure. With Beati omnes (1706), the first movement is a da capo aria; and if the rhythms of a French gavotte inform the second movement, the third is an Italian corrente. Finally, the six-movement Salvum me fac Deus (1706) both looks back to the first book in its display of elaborate but sober counterpoint, while conveying an Italianate theatrical intensity in a series of elaborate arias.


The motets are separated by a Sonata en trio (1705) and a series of three short organ interludes, labeled Magnificats, composed by Dandrieu, and published with a series of his suites (1739). The latter are short, varied, and charmingly simple pieces.


Patrick Cohën-Akenine’s flexibly staffed Les folies françoises has an extensive discography that ranges across 18th-century Europe, including Bach, Leclair, Mozart, Boccherini, and Charpentier. Here they are stylistically appropriate, with lean textures, sprightly tempos, and agilely delivered ornamentation. The dull tone of Jean-François Lombard’s high tenor, and the curious way tenor Jean-François Novelli has of pronouncing qui (two clearly separated and articulated syllables: kuh-ee , as well as occasionally what sounds like kuh-vee ) are drawbacks, but not noticeably so in context. The voices intertwine with ease and without loss of distinct timbre, despite the Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache’s reverberance.


While André Campra’s operas occupy a place beneath the tier reserved for Lully and Rameau, in the field of petits motets he stands acknowledged at the pinnacle of its baroque development. Though some of his grands motets have been recorded, notably by Christie/les Arts Florissants (Virgin Veritas 545618), the smaller works have gone largely neglected on disc. It’s good to see a new collection. Recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Motets (9), Book 4: Salvum me fac Deus by André Campra
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
2.
Motets (14), Book 1: Quam dilecta tabernacula tua by André Campra
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
3.
Motets (12), Book 2: no 11, Immensus es domine by André Campra
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; France 
4.
Motets (12), Book 2: no 10, O Jesu amantissime by André Campra
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1699; France 
5.
Motets (9), Book 4: Beati omnes by André Campra
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises
6.
Magnificat by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Jean-François Novelli (Tenor), Marc Labonnette (Tenor), Jean-François Lombard (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Patrick Cohën-Akenine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Folies Françoises

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