The instrumental works of Marc-Antoine Charpentier are familiar to very few people. A large number of them were composed for use in churches, the most famous of these being the Messe pour plusieurs instruments au lieu des orgues that has already been recorded by Jean Tubéry and La Fenice for Ricercar (RIC 245). Charpentier composed the Sonate à huit around 1685, at a time when various private musical societies were exploring the Italian sonata style. Charpentier discovered this style at the same time as François Couperin, who also set about composing sonatas in the Italian style. Charpentier’s Sonate à huit blends the Italian style with the French suite of dances and as such is one of the masterpieces of instrumental music of the French baroque. The symphonies Pour un Reposoir were intended to accompany an outdoor procession, an organ naturally not being available. The greater part of the CD, however, is taken up by the Noëls pour les Instruments which Charpentier set for instrumental ensemble and organ. We have also recorded the original versions of the above-mentioned Christmas carols, complete with their many verses as they appeared in French collections published at the beginning of the 18th century. This recording of Christmas music can be enjoyed throughout the year!
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.
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.
Dans le genre,on trouve des livres "ésotériques",d'autres architecturaux,d'autres historiques,d'autres religieux…ce livre rassemble tout sans rien laisser ni occulter;l'auteur pousse sa recherche globalement le plus loin possible et,par là,nous ouvre des horizons fabuleux. …