This recording of the Poème Harmonique revitalizes Charpentier's and Lully's Te Deum, two magnificent pieces of sacred music celebrating the Sun King's victory and recovery. Lully, who was of Italian origin, found the essence and style of French art, while Charpentier gave the emotion and composition methods he had learned from the Italians to the music of his country. This is the story of two musicians, two countries, two aesthetics, and two fundamental stakes. Lully became a lauded composer, outshining Charpentier and relegating him to an undeserved subpar position.
Cet ouvrage est un guide pratique pour tous ceux qui souhaitent apprendre à reconnaître et comprendre les messages alchimiques qui - partout en France - apparaissent dans l’architecture et la décoration des cathédrales, châteaux, demeures anciennes. etc. Grâce à son expérience. J. Charpentier décrit avec clarté et précision ces hauts lieux de l’expression alchimique dont la signification passionnera les fervents d’hermétisme. La présentation de E. Canseliet, l’éminent spécialiste de l’alchimie. permet d’accéder à ce domaine fondamental de la réalité et ainsi de poser un regard radicalement différent sur l’homme et l’univers.
A treasure map is needed to find one’s way through this release. The CDs and DVD, exquisitely encased in a beautiful book – full of facsimiles, photographs and essays as well as vocal texts in innumerable translations – contain performances of some of the most beautifully crafted, deeply spiritual music Charpentier ever wrote. Catherine Cessac, the foremost French authority on Charpentier, writes eloquently on the music and Savall on the impetus for the collection. The repertoire, inspired by the story of the Virgin Mary, is drawn from all periods of Charpentier’s life and reflects the different private and public circumstances of his employment, the musical resources available to him and occasions for which he composed. In several cases more than one performance, each with different personnel, has been included, hence the need for a map.
Les quatre volumes de la collection Destination DELF sont spécifiquement conçus pour la préparation aux épreuves du DELF Junior et Scolaire (niveaux A1, A2, B1, B2) mis à jour dans le respect des instructions officielles diffusées par la Commission Nationale du DELF et du DALF (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques, CIEP de Sèvres)…
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - February 24, 1704) was a French composer of the Baroque era.
He was a prolific and versatile composer, producing music of the highest quality in several genres. His mastery in the composition of sacred vocal music was recognized and acknowledged by his contemporaries.
Almost all the music performed on these separately available discs is, or has been, available in competing versions. But Le Concert Spirituel under Hervé Niquet’s experienced direction achieves an expressive intensity which overshadows its rivals. Charpentier wrote over 30 Tenebrae for the last three days of Holy Week and their texts, drawn from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, inspired the composer to extraordinary heights of anguished declamation. Much of the music is a skilful blend of French court air with Italian monodic lamentazioni, which he had encountered during his three years in Rome as Carissimi’s pupil. The five Lenten (Carême) Meditations on the path to Christ’s Crucifixion belong to a group of ten such pieces which are hardly less striking than the Tenebrae for their expressive ardour. If the performances are not always refined, they lack nothing in respect of fervent and idiomatic declamation.