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Charpentier: Divertissements, Airs Et Concerts / Christie


Release Date: 03/16/1999 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 425485   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Kaori UemuraAnne-Marie LaslaAlix VerzierEmmanuel Balssa,   ... 
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts FlorissantsOrlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a mixed bag, but it is a mixture of wonderful stuff put together with considerable expertise. Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a major composer of the French Baroque, served at the Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, and wrote much music of solemnity and grandeur, but was also principal composer for the Comedie Française where he wrote music of a lighter nature. What we get here is mainly the latter, more directly entertaining Charpentier, and we get it in the forms of airs serieux, which are refined songs intended for court circles, and airs a boire, in a more popular style. Interspersed among the songs are the six movements of the very moving 'Concert pour quatre parties de violes' which provide effective contrast. Bookending the program are Read more two little musical plays, the divertissement 'La Pierre Philosophale,' a goofy satire on the occult, and the pastorale 'Dispute de Bergers,' in which a band of shepherds debate the nature of nature itself, human suffering and healing, which, it is decided, is best achieved through laughter and music. They could listen to this disc. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La pierre philosophale, H 501 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1681; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
2.
Concert for 4 Viole da gamba, H 545 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Kaori Uemura (Treble Vla da gamba), Anne-Marie Lasla (Treble Vla da gamba), Alix Verzier (Bass Viola da gamba),
Emmanuel Balssa (Bass Viola da gamba), Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo)
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Gibbons Viol Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680-1681 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 11 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: The movements of this selection are interspersed with vocal works in this recording. 
3.
Tristes deserts, H 469 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Il faut rire et chanter: dispute de bergers, H 484 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1684-1685; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: French 
5.
Rentrez trop indiscrets soupirs, H 464 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: French 
6.
Quoi, je ne verrai plus, H 461 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: French 
7.
Ah! qu'ils sont courts les beaux jours, H 442 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1680; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 
8.
Charmantes fleurs naissez, H 449b by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Quoi! rien ne peut vous arrêter, H 462 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
En vain rivaux assidus, H 452 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: French 
11.
Ah, qu'on est malheureux, H 443 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1678; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Ah! laissez-moi rêver, H 441 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
13.
Non, non je ne l'aime plus, H 455 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Sans frayeur dans ce bois, H 467 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1680; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
15.
Auprès du feu l'on fait l'amour, H 446 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
16.
Ayant bu du vin clairet, H 447 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1704; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Fenchon, la gentille Fenchon, H 454 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: French 

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