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Noël Baroque / Webster, Fortin, Masques


Release Date: 11/15/2005 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29908   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierTraditionalSimone SalvettiMichel Richard Delalande,   ... 
Performer:  Catherine Webster
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Yet another fine early music ensemble pops up for the holiday season, courtesy of Analekta. Masques has assembled a charming program of Christmas music from the Baroque period, which of course basically sounds like any other kind of Baroque music, but it's pleasing and spunky nevertheless. The highlights are the two sets of instrumental Noëls by Charpentier and Delalande, which present a festive garland of Christmas tunes in colorful instrumental garb, recorders well to the fore. They are delightful. Schiassi's Concerto for Strings ends with one of those wonderful pastoral numbers, thus establishing its seasonal credentials in the Corellian tradition.


The vocal pieces are a bit of a mixed bag. I'm not sure what
Read more the two traditional numbers--one Irish, the other French--are doing here, but they are very pretty. Soprano Catherine Webster has one of those fresh, pure, "authentic-instrument" voices that's just perfect for this music, although in the Scarlatti Christmas cantata her quick vibrato is difficult to distinguish from her somewhat rudimentary trill. Still, she's a pleasure to listen to, particularly when she and the ensemble are so naturally recorded in a warmly resonant room. The concluding villancico by Antonio de Salazar closes the program with a colorful flourish. This will definitely put you in the holiday mood, as any good Christmas collection should. [11/22/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 3, Joseph est bien marié by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
2.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 4, Or nous dites, Marie by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
3.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 1, Laissez, paître, vos bêtes by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
4.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 3, Vous qui désirez sans fin by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
5.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 1, A la venue de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
6.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 2, O Créateur by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
7.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 6, Une jeune pucelle by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
8.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 5, Où s'en vont ces gais bergers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
9.
Christmas Day is come! by Traditional
Performer:  Catherine Webster (Soprano)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Notes: Arranger: Lucas Harris. 
10.
La notte de Betlemme by Simone Salvetti
Performer:  Catherine Webster (Soprano)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
11.
Symphonies (4) des Noëls: Excerpt(s) by Michel Richard Delalande
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
12.
Noël nouvelet by Anonymous
Performer:  Catherine Webster (Soprano)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranger: Lucas Harris. 
13.
Tarara qui yo soy Antón by Antonio de Salazar
Performer:  Catherine Webster (Soprano)
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
14.
Sinfonia Pastorale per il Ss Natale di nostro Jesu in D major by Gaetano Maria Schiassi
Conductor:  Olivier Fortin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Masques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; Italy 

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