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Cavalieri: Lamentations / Dumestre, Le Poeme Harmonique


Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Emilio de CavalieriAnonymousPaolo QuagliatiFabrizio Dentice
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Only a few examples of this essentially ephemeral art have come down to us, one of the most famous being Allegri's Misere for the Sistine Chapel...

" Right from the first publications of the Venetian printer Petrucci in 1506‚ early Lamentations music was characterised by its extreme simplicity on the page: sobriety was no doubt felt to be appropriate to the settings’ liturgical destination. But whatever the earliest performance practice may have been like‚ it seems pretty clear that ornamentation was soon allowed to creep in...As is well known‚ the richness of these ornaments assured the piece’s enduring popularity and the quasi­mythical status of the ensemble that performed it. The memory of this older
Read more recording struck me forcefully as I began listening to this new offering from Le Poème Harmonique‚ an ensemble that seems to be taking French performance practice in new directions. Cavalieri is principally known by reputation for his vocal innovations...His Lamentations‚ probably modelled on a lost set by Vincenzo Galilei‚ is his only surviving liturgical work. He treats the Lamentations texts as an alternation of ensemble (for the Hebrew letters demarcating the verses) and solo singer(s) plus continuo accompaniment in the newest recitative manner. In the latter‚ individual singers show off their skills in varying forceful or plangent affekts: some of the voices sound a touch rough­hewn‚ but that only adds to the immediacy and the gripping impact of Cavalieri’s chromaticisms. The continuo group‚ too‚ is opulent and full of raw energy...It is an engaging and to my ear quite novel mix‚ one that I urge you to hear. This enterprising label can also be commended on its ‘holistic’ approach to presentation; and for its flair in choosing young artists with something new to say." GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Lamentationes Hieremiae prophetae by Emilio de Cavalieri
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1599; Italy 
Language: Latin 
2.
In te Domine speravi by Anonymous
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Language: Latin 
3.
Ricercate e canzoni a 4 (19): Ricerar no 19 by Paolo Quagliati
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1601; Rome, Italy 
Language: Latin 
4.
Miserere mei, Deus by Fabrizio Dentice
Conductor:  Vincent Dumestre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Poème Harmonique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Italy 
Language: Latin 

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