This resplendent CD introduces another outstanding 'early music' ensemble to Hyperion - Jeffrey Skidmore's Ex Cathedra, who will explore some of the lesser-known Baroque byways for us. They make their entrance with this programme of music by one of the four composers assigned to Louis XIV's Chapel in 1683. The disc gives us the opportunity to hear two of Lalande's 'grands motets' in full (substantial, sectional works in which episodes for vocal soloists are interspersed with passages for small ensembles and chorus, the orchestra providing both accompaniment and interludes), as well as a solo movement extracted from another one, and one of his instrumental pieces. This is music which was highly regarded both in the composer's own day and beyond, and performed throughout the eighteenth century.
Comment la servitude peut-elle être volontaire ? comment peut-on avoir le désir de se soumettre ? Comment la liberté peut-elle se nier elle-même ? Autant vouloir ne plus vouloir, ou réclamer librement de porter des chaines aux pieds… Pourtant, c’est comme ça que ça marche : telle est l’étrange et imparable leçon du discours de la servitude volontaire. …
A young woman is hired to care for an elderly man who lives on an island off the Greek coast. When she arrives there the man warns her that his daughters are evil and dangerous. The woman discovers that one of the daughters is a crazed nymphomaniac who pursues, and seduces, everyone in the house, including her crippled sister.
Sometimes a disc's title can be just a bit too clever for its own good. From a glance at this disc's cover, with its title "Le Chant de Virgile", you'd never know that it contained first class works by Josquin, Senfl, Lassus, Mouton, Willaert, and Cipriano de Rore, among others. Sure, when you read the fine print on the reverse side of the disc packaging, you discover that the program is a celebration of Renaissance works whose texts are drawn from "Virgil, Horace, and Catullus"–but why not make this clear from the outset?