Gevaert: Christmas Mass / Lenaert, Ensemble Vocal Le Petit Sablon

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Fuga Libera
Catalog Number: FUG545
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Number of Discs: 1

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$18.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
François-Auguste Gevaert was born in 1828 and died in December 1908 : an opportunity to celebrate the centenary of a great historical figure, whose influence was no less important than that of Fétis. Muscial director of the Opéra de Paris before the Franco Prussian war, he became the director of the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and chapel master of King Léopold II in 1871. Until his death, Gevaert will dominate the Belgian musical scene, attracting famous teachers and pupils, from Isaac Albeniz to Eugène Ysaÿe, including Paul Gilson and Arnold Dolmetsch. The widespread influence of his theoretical work (including his translations of Riemann), references for 19th century musicology, contributed to drive into oblivion his musical work. His Christmas harmonisations are however admirable pieces of harmonic and contrapuntal craftsmanship and his Grand'Messe de Noël « Puer Natus est nobis » en musique polyphone pour voix de femmes et orgue, written shortly before his death for basilica Notre-Dame de la Treille in Lille, is a masterpiece of surprising flavour. The Ensemble vocal du Petit-Sablon, directed by Thibaut Lenaerts, wholeheartedly embraces this music, with its impressive degree of perfection, to extract its delicious substance!
Works on This Recording
1. Grand'Messe de Noël "Puer Natus Est Nobis" en musique polyphone à trois voix de femmes avec accompag by François-Auguste Gevaert
Performer: Christine Lamy (Voice), Xavier Deprez (Organ), Aurélie Moreels (Voice), Caroline Weynants (Soprano), Julie Calbete (Voice), Alice Lestang (Voice)
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
2. Le sommeil de l'Enfant Jésus by François-Auguste Gevaert
Performer: Caroline Weynants (Soprano)
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
3. Voisin, d'où venait de grand bruit? by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
4. Noël pastoral de 1750 by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
5. Chanson joyeuse de Noël by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
7. Le message des anges by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
8. Les Cloches de Noël by François-Auguste Gevaert
Performer: Caroline Weynants (Soprano), Nico Declerck (Harmonium)
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
9. Canticum Natalitiæ by François-Auguste Gevaert
Performer: Caroline Weynants (Soprano), Nico Declerck (Harmonium)
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
Performer: Sophie Hallynck (Harp ), Thibaut Lenaerts (Tenor), Nico Declerck (Harmonium)
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
11. Noël du XVIIIe siècle by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
12. Le Bel ange du ciel by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
13. Nous sommes trois souverains princes by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
14. O Nuit, heureuse nuit by François-Auguste Gevaert
Conductor: Thibaut Lenaerts
Period: Romantic
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