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Joyeux Noel: French Christmas Music / Mallon, Lambour, La Fantasia, Aradia Ensemble


Release Date: 09/22/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95569  
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierMichel CorrettePierre DandrieuJean-François Dandrieu,   ... 
Performer:  Rien VoskuilenChristian Lambour
Conductor:  Kevin MallonRien Voskuilen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia EnsembleLa Fantasia
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the popular imagination, French Christmas music may now be almost wholly defined by Minuit, chretiens and favourites such as Petit Papa Noël covered by Charles Aznavour and Johnny Hallyday, but the festive season was marked in the Baroque era with great merriment, principally through the genre of Noëls: sacred collections of secular songs, celebrating often vernacular aspects of the Nativity such as the Shepherds, especially by giving the occasion to compose in the always popular pastoral vein, in simple keys such as F major and in the lilting siciliano rhythm. Many such Noëls may be enjoyed on this special collection of both choral and instrumental music, concentrating on the High Baroque era. Corrette, Dandrieu and Read more Balbastre all wrote exuberant Noels for organ; Michel Corrette developed the idea further with narrative-led instrumental symphonies, which are collected complete on this release and performed by a historically informed ensemble. The collection begins with the Toronto-based Aradia Ensemble. They built their 1999 recording of Marc-Antoine Charpentier around his best-known work, the Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass). The director Kevin Mallon gave it a specially Canadian flavour by interpolating a version of the French carol with a text in the tribal language of the Huron Indians. ‘Colourful performances,’ was the original verdict of Gramophone, on which ‘the soloists and chorus sing with consistent clarity.’ Operatically inclined singers will note the presence in the ensemble of Jane Archibald, who has since become known worldwide as a coloratura soprano of distinction, especially in the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The final disc of Joyeux Noël is an organ recital, moving through the ages from Dandrieu to the grandest examples of late-Romantic organ masses and Christmas pieces by Franck and Dubois. It’s a uniquely compilation, fully annotated, sure to bring a touch of distinction to a festive stocking. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum in D major, H 146 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
2.
Te Deum in D major, H 146 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
3.
Dixit Dominus, H 204 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1680s; France 
4.
Dixit Dominus, H 204 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1680s; France 
5.
Messe de minuit pour Noël, H 9 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
6.
Messe de minuit pour Noël, H 9 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
7.
Symphonies (6) en quatuor contenant les plus beaux noëls français by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Rien Voskuilen (Organ)
Conductor:  Rien Voskuilen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fantasia
8.
Symphonies (6) en quatuor contenant les plus beaux noëls français by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Rien Voskuilen (Organ)
Conductor:  Rien Voskuilen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Fantasia
9.
Puer nobis nascitur by Pierre Dandrieu
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
10.
Puer nobis nascitur by Pierre Dandrieu
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
11.
Noëls for Organ: Nous sommes en voie by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
12.
Noëls for Organ: Nous sommes en voie by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
13.
Nouveau livre de noëls: Chantons je vous prie by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
14.
Nouveau livre de noëls: Chantons je vous prie by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
15.
Recueil de noëls formant 4 suittes: Suite no 1 in D major - Joseph est bien marié by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770; France 
16.
Recueil de noëls formant 4 suittes: Suite no 1 in D major - Joseph est bien marié by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1770; France 
17.
Offertoires (9) de caracteres gradues pour l'Avent et le temps de Noël: Excerpt(s) by Charles Alexis Chauvet
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
18.
Offertoires (9) de caracteres gradues pour l'Avent et le temps de Noël: Excerpt(s) by Charles Alexis Chauvet
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
19.
Noël Ecossais by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
20.
Noël Ecossais by Felix Alexandre Guilmant
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
21.
Offertoire sur un air bréton by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
22.
Offertoire sur un air bréton by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
23.
L'organiste: Noël angévin by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
24.
L'organiste: Noël angévin by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
25.
L'organiste: Andantino in D minor "Vieux Noël" by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
26.
L'organiste: Andantino in D minor "Vieux Noël" by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
27.
L'organiste, Volume 1, M 41: no 3, Noël angévin by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
28.
L'organiste, Volume 1, M 41: no 3, Noël angévin by César Franck
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1890; France 
29.
Pieces (12), Book II: no 7, Noël in A minor by Théodore Dubois
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
30.
Pieces (12), Book II: no 7, Noël in A minor by Théodore Dubois
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
31.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Dernier Kyrie by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
32.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Dernier Kyrie by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
33.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Domine Deus, Rex coelestis by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
34.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Allegretto Pastorale by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
35.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Quoniam by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
36.
Messe du jour de Noël, Op. 11: Tu solus altissimus by Alexandre Pierre Boëly
Performer:  Christian Lambour (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 

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