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Carissimi, Charpentier: Oratorios / Baudry, Lamy, Jackson

Release Date: 10/26/2006 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 23053   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giacomo CarissimiMarc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Matthew WhiteYves Saint-AmantMichel LeonardAlain Duguay,   ... 
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Ancient Music Studio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since Charpentier studied in Italy with Carissimi, the coupling is logical enough, though I can't find a previous example of it. The French Canadian and French performers avoid favoring their native son, since his piece is only eleven minutes of this program. That treatment of the denial of St. Peter after the Last Supper (the subject of Lassus's Tears of St. Peter) has already been recorded four times, most notably by William Christie (Fanfare 10:1, 10:2). Jephte is the most frequently recorded of Carissimi's oratorios, and it has been coupled with Jonas under Paul McCreesh (11:1) and John Eliot Gardiner (14:1), each time with another oratorio, so the competition is stiff.

These are pleasantly relaxed performances. Both
Read more soloists are excellent, as are other unnamed soloists drawn from the ensemble, and the vocal and period-instrumental ensembles are superb. If I still prefer Gardiner's Carissimi threesome, with its more substantial Judicium extrém?m as a coupling, this disc poses a worthy challenge. The sound is also warm and natural. The leaflet is disappointing; the forty-two tracks are not identified, and texts are omitted. The notes by François Filiatrault are misleading and polemical. The author's agenda is to write his version of religious history in the guise of explaining the music. Much of what he writes is irrelevant and the rest is inaccurate. The annotator has no conception of the real relationship between sacred and secular, whether in visual arts, music, or everyday life, since he lives in an age in which they are cleft apart and he is ignorant of an understanding of history. Listeners would benefit if this diatribe were omitted in favor of the texts with translations, which are uniformly missing from this series.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

Jonas by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Matthew White (Countertenor), Yves Saint-Amant (Bass), Michel Leonard (Tenor),
Alain Duguay (Baritone), Elisabeth Baudry (Soprano), Hervé Lamy (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Ancient Music Studio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Le reniement de St Pierre, H 424 "Cum cenasset Jesus" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Elisabeth Baudry (Soprano), Nils Brown (Tenor), Hervé Lamy (Tenor),
Alain Duguay (Baritone), Michel Leonard (Tenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Ancient Music Studio
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Length: 10 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Jephte by Giacomo Carissimi
Performer:  Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Alain Duguay (Baritone), Elisabeth Baudry (Soprano),
Lucie Mayer (Soprano), Matthew White (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Christopher Jackson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Ancient Music Studio
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1650; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Length: 22 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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