Charpentier

Patricia Petibon - Airs baroques français: Rameau, Lully, Charpentier, Grandval (2001)

Patricia Petibon - Airs baroques français: Rameau, Lully, Charpentier, Grandval (2001)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:35 | 361 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | Catalog: 7243 5 45481 2 3

Like olives, artichokes, and more essentially and problematically, anchovies, Patricia Petibon's voice is an acquired taste. She is a high coloratura (up to E-flat), her technique is formidable, capable of great floridity and very fine breath control, she sings mostly without vibrato, and the tone can be so diamond-brilliant that it can grate, although for darker dramatic moments she can moderate the shine.
Alexis Kossenko & Arte dei Suonatori - Charpentier: Leçons de ténèbres (2012) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Stephan MacLeod, Alexis Kossenko & Arte dei Suonatori - Charpentier: Leçons de ténèbres (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 65:29 minutes | 1.11 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

In France, during the reign of Louis XIV, the religious service known as Tenebrae was one of the most distinctive ceremonies in the liturgical year. Gradually, in the course of the office, the candles were extinguished, recalling the darkness that covered the earth when Jesus died on the cross.
Antony Walker, Pinchgut Opera - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: David + Jonathan (2009)

Antony Walker, Pinchgut Opera - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: David + Jonathan (2009)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 120:16 | 672 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: ABC | Catalog: ABC 476 36 61

Pinchgut Opera, based in Sydney and founded in 2002, specializes in Baroque and Classical opera, featuring works such as Semele, The Fairy Queen, Idomeneo, and Orfeo. One of its more obscure repertoire choices is Marc-Antoine Charpentier's 1688 David & Jonathan. It's a work that's rarely performed or recorded, so this fine performance is revelatory.
Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Pastorale de Noël (2016)

Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Pastorale de Noël (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 81:19 | 472 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HMC 902247

French Baroque music has never achieved the general familiarity of its German and Italian cousins, but that's not for any lack of trying on the part of conductor Sébastien Daucé and his Ensemble Correspondances. What you get here is a Pastorale de Noël a fairly short but grand Christmas narrative plus one set of "Antiennes de O," or O Anthems, so called because each one begins with the word "O."
Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: O Maria! (2010)

Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: O Maria! (2010)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 63:33 | 333 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Zig Zag Territoires | Catalog: ZZT100601

In 1672, Lully purchased a royal privilege (or license) from Pierre Perrin to establish the Académie Royale de Musique, for the performance of French operas in Paris. Soon thereafter he and his associates pursued a dual course of activity, setting up similar institutions in other French cities, and securing a series of royally granted patents and ordinances to prevent other entrepreneurs from doing the same. Lully also made sure that his were the only operas to be given in effect, securing a national monopoly on operatic music.
Amarillis - Charpentier: Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries (2004)

Amarillis - Charpentier: Hommage pastoral au Roi Soleil et autres grivoiseries (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 57:06 | 409 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Ambroisie | Catalog: ABM 9954

C'est le premier enregistrement mondial d'une très belle pastorale inédite de Charpentier, fruit de la collaboration entre le compositeur et Molière, afin de célébrer le tricentenaire de la mort de Charpentier. Chœurs somptueux, airs et duos magnifiques, des couleurs instrumentales chatoyantes et variées font de cette pastorale un petit joyau.
La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)

La musique au temps des Castrats: Allegri, Broschi, Charpentier, Gluck, Vivaldi (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 207 Mb | Total time: 47:31 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Astrée | # E 8552 | Recorded:1989, 1992, 1994

It is extremely difficult nowadays to reproduce the sound castrato singers where capable of doing at their time and, too often, one finds voices that are too nasal or merely good falsettos. But in many of the performances in this CD one can let the imagination wander and almost imagine you are in the 18th century. In particular, the performance of James Bowmann is outstanding. Also very special the performace of Charpentier 'Salve Regina' by Gerard Lesne and the others; this of course enhanced by the exquisite sensibility of the director Jordi Saval. Also, the duo of Derek Lee Ragin and Ewa Mallas-Godlewska in 'Son qual nave ch'agitata' is so exquisite it brings tears to your eyes. (Carmen E. Alvarez)
Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)

Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:22 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Ligia Digital | Catalog: 0202233-11

Beata es Maria is made up primarily of vocal music in praise of the Virgin that features three men's voices, a counter tenor, tenor, and bass. It's an especially attractive ensemble, and Charpentier, who is known to have sometimes sung the tenor parts, knew how to make the vocal lines terrifically appealing. The Magnificat that opens the album beautifully illustrates his skill in taking a much-used convention the chaconne, with a harmonic progression that (the composer reports) repeats 89 times and keeping it endlessly intriguing with his inventive handling of the voices.
City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)

City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:37 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 10048 X

With four recordings in six months, this seems to be open season for the Poulenc motets. The newcomers are up against stiff competition, and don't emerge unscathed from comparison either with the college next door (under Marlow on Conifer) or with the choir under the musical director of the one further along the road (Rutter on Collegium/Gamut).
Ensemble Correspondances & Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge, Motets pour la maison de Guise (2014) [24/88]

Ensemble Correspondances & Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge, Motets pour la maison de Guise (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 60:24 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The harmonia mundi label, once well known for specializing in the French Baroque repertoire, makes a welcome and triumphant return to this treasure trove of musical delights. For their first release on harmonia mundi, Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances present a sumptuous interpretation of the six-voice motets composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the House of Guise.