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Quote from: Que on April 10, 2011, 12:24:06 AMWhat I have failed to do yet, is get Charpentier's.. (Which recording would you reommend, Drasko? )
Quote from: Que on April 10, 2011, 12:24:06 AMI would second Drasko's recommendation of Gesualdo's Tenebrae, the music for the last three days of Holy Week - really awesome.
QuoteAn exquisite shining pearl - perfect, simply perfect., April 30, 2004By Ingrid Heyn "No man is an Iland, intire of it... (Melbourne, Australia) I possess every recording of these leçons that is currently available. As a soprano with a deep love for the baroque repertoire, I have performed these with fellow singer Katrena Mitchell in our duet ensemble "Sounds Sublime". The pieces themselves are as familiar to me as a byte is to a computer expert...... and there is simply no recording to compete with this one.It's exquisite from the very opening. In particular when Sophie Daneman and Patricia Petibon sing together, the work between the two and the ravishing vocal blend is something of which dreams are made. The pronunciation of the Latin is beautifully French, as it would have been performed at the time. The ornamentation and musicianship here is superb, as one would expect from a recording conducted by William Christie.But the two singers are the highlight here, in this most ravishing of performances.I have an enormous admiration for Emma Kirkby, but the recording of this work with her and Judith Nelson is stiff, unemotional, and blank in comparison with this recording. (I do not admire Nelson's voice, either, however much I admire Kirkby's.) The vocal beauty on this recording is truly sublime - this CD is one I listen to over and over again, always with a sigh and a smile.Other versions, including a surprisingly bland rendition by Gens and Sandrine Piau, and two good countertenor versions and one not-so-good (oh dear, Deller...) are available, but nothing approaches the shimmering beauty of this version.The pieces themselves are of heavenly beauty. I've never performed them without seeing audience members weeping with the beauty of the music.I recommend this CD strongly.
QuoteBy Joanna Daneman (Middletown, DE USA)The service of Tenebrae (time of darkness--traditionally celebrated at 3 am) is a Holy Week liturgy taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. The other reason for the title "Darkness" is that it is accompanied by the solemn ceremony of stripping the altar before the total eclipse of Good Friday. Lighting is gradually reduced throughout the service, initially being fully lit, frequently by candles which are gradually extinguished as the service progresses, thus the name Tenebrae meaning Darkness is virtually performed as well.Couperin's settings (composed in 1703) uses a few voices and few instrumentals in the French tradition of the service. This recording features sopranos Patricia Petibon and Sophie Daneman. The performance follows the French tradition also in the pronunciation of the Latin. The conductor took great care to reproduce the performance as the French would have heard it, and if you want the genuine experience, this recording surely comes the closest (as far as we can tell, from historical records.)
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Quote from: Que on April 14, 2011, 10:49:41 PMA resounding seconding of the Caldara recommendations!
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