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Azahar / Bestion, La Tempete


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 261  
Composer:  Guillaume de MachautIgor StravinskyAlfonso el SabioMaurice Ohana
Performer:  Claire LefilliatreAnna ReinholdFrancisco ManalichLisandro Abadie
Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After “The Tempest,” its first recording on a Shakespearian theme, which was much admired, La Tempete presents ‘Azahar’ (orange blossom in Spanish), which contrasts and interweaves the polyphony of Machaut with the poetry of the Spanish cantigas and the century of Stravinsky and Ohana. Simon-Pierre Bestion, founder of the company La Tempete, tells us: “I like the idea of disorientating the listener between different historical periods. Stravinsky wrote his Mass after discovering Machaut’s setting, while Ohana’s “Cantigas de Santa Maria” allude to those of Alfonso the Wise and to folksong… One can take extraordinary liberties with Machaut’s famous Mass: its music calls for a fairly sonorous, straight style of singing- like Corsican or Basque Read more polypohony. I chose singers familiar with early music, powerful, direct voices, using little vibrato, voices that could also sing Stravinsky and Ohana. The orchestra was arranged in consorts for the early repertory, and in mixed desks for Ohana and Stravinsky. The chorus was placed all around in a circle, in a single row. I like to share that experience of feeling the sound physically.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Claire Lefilliatre (Soprano), Anna Reinhold (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Manalich (Tenor),
Lisandro Abadie (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
2.
Mass by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Claire Lefilliatre (Soprano), Anna Reinhold (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Manalich (Tenor),
Lisandro Abadie (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1948; USA 
3.
Cantigas de Santa Maria by Alfonso el Sabio
Performer:  Claire Lefilliatre (Soprano), Anna Reinhold (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Manalich (Tenor),
Lisandro Abadie (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
4.
Cantigas by Maurice Ohana
Performer:  Claire Lefilliatre (Soprano), Anna Reinhold (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Manalich (Tenor),
Lisandro Abadie (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simon-Pierre Bestion
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Tempete
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1954; France 

Customer Reviews

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 Inventive and Eductional March 17, 2017 By S. Scordilis (Whately, MA) See All My Reviews "Congratulations to the minds who put this extraordinary disc together. Th juxtaposition of the four composers working through the Mass sections in seamless performance is breathtaking - beautifully done and if listened to without looking at the composers by track, most educational. To use the cliche: try it , you'll like it, and like it and like it." Report Abuse
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