Lully: Grands Motets; Dumont: Memorare / Chappele Royale

Release Date: 3/20/2007
Catalog Number: HMA1951167
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale Paris
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
A dramatic account of music that combines grandeur, passion and tedium. Superb blend in the upper voices and clarity of diction entrance. For aficionados this is a significant disc.

-- Berta Joncus, BBC Music Magazine

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The large motet 'à la française' is a quite distinctive affair that has nothing in common with the more traditional notion that a composer like Bach, for instance, had of the genre. If a comparison must be made, we will find that the French motet is more like an extended cantata consisting of a succession of choruses and arias accompanied by the orchestra, with the absence of recitative constituting an important difference.
Works on This Recording
1. Memorare by Henri Du Mont
Performer: Henri Ledroit (Countertenor), Donna [Soprano] Brown (Soprano), Howard Crook (Tenor), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano), Ulrich Studer (Baritone), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Baroque
Written: 1684 ; France
2. Dies irae, LWV 64 no 1 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Howard Crook (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass), Donna [Soprano] Brown (Soprano), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1684 ; France
3. Miserere, LWV 25 by Jean-Baptiste Lully
Performer: Donna [Soprano] Brown (Soprano), Guillemette Laurens (Mezzo Soprano), Hervé Lamy (Tenor), Howard Crook (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale Paris
Period: Baroque
Written: 1663 ; France
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