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   Versailles: L'ile Enchantee



Год издания : 2001

Компания звукозаписи : Alpha

Время звучания : 1:08:44

Код CD : Alpha 016 (3 760014 190162)

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Classics (Reconstruction)      

Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra

This recording blends instrumental works and airs de Cour and provides an entertaining, spacious and lavishing account by one of the masters of French baroque music.

All Music Guide

Enregistre en juillet 2001 a Paris

a l'eglise Notre Dame du Liban

www.alpha-prod.com

Even by the supremely high production standards of Alpha recordings, this issue is especially splendid. Entitled Versailles, L'ile enchantee, it fully lives up to its name. As directed by Skip Sempe, the widely varied program features music written for Louis XIV's pleasure palace, performed by the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra with mezzo soprano Guillemette Laurens and bass violist Jay Bernfeld. Each work is superbly selected, and every performance is absolutely idiomatic and wonderfully alive. There is wit and tenderness and elegance and, yes, nobility to their performances, which taken together form as much a portrait of the Sun King as the palace of Versailles itself. As organized into eight Divertissements, Sempe's choices range from the grand Ouverture de Psyche by Lully to the intimate Mes Yeux by Campra, from the soulful Les Voix Humaines by Marais to the massive Passacaille in C by Louis Couperin. As captured in the evocative photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux and reproduced in Alpha's superlative program book, Versailles looks every bit as beautiful as this disc sounds. Anyone who loves Baroque music, particularly French Baroque music, will love this disc.

Even by the supremely high production standards of Alpha recordings, this issue is especially splendid. Entitled Versailles, L'ile enchantee, it fully lives up to its name. As directed by Skip Sempe, the widely varied program features music written for Louis XIV's pleasure palace, performed by the Capriccio Stravagante Orchestra with mezzo soprano Guillemette Laurens and bass violist Jay Bernfeld. Each work is superbly selected, and every performance is absolutely idiomatic and wonderfully alive. There is wit and tenderness and elegance and, yes, nobility to their performances, which taken together form as much a portrait of the Sun King as the palace of Versailles itself. As organized into eight Divertissements, Sempe's choices range from the grand Ouverture de Psyche by Lully to the intimate Mes Yeux by Campra, from the soulful Les Voix Humaines by Marais to the massive Passacaille in C by Louis Couperin. As captured in the evocative photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux and reproduced in Alpha's superlative program book, Versailles looks every bit as beautiful as this disc sounds. Anyone who loves Baroque music, particularly French Baroque music, will love this disc.

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Baroque programs devoted to Louis XIV's richly inspired musical circle at Versailles have been plentiful over the years, but few are as distinctive as this one. According to the notes, this is the first time a collection of Baroque music has been assembled and performed as a soundtrack for a video game ("Versailles II-The Testament", the sequel to the highly successful "Versailles-Intrigue at the Court of Louis XIV"). As musical director for Alain Corneau's acclaimed film Tous les Matins du Monde, Jordi Savall broke similar ground nearly 15 years ago and produced a soundtrack that justifiably went on to become one of the most highly successful Baroque compilations to date (type Q4828 in review search). Both that program and this one, assembled by Capriccio Stravagante's director and harpsichord player Skip Sempe, are brilliantly conceived, loaded with surprises, expertly performed, and beautifully presented.

As it turns out, Sempe also offers two versions of one of Savall's soundtrack highlights, Lully's Marche pour la ceremonie des Turcs, and listeners familiar with Savall's grandiose orchestration will delight in Sempe's equally compelling and arguably more insightful arrangements. The first is a brief chamber version that begins inordinately slowly, with strings capriciously twisting about Lully's theme before accelerating into an abruptly dramatic finale. Sempe's second version is similar to Savall's in that he employs larger forces, although here he faithfully restores the impetus of Lully's Turkish inspiration, treating the "Marche" more like a folk dance whose sprightly tempos feature prominent tambourine and percussion.

Other highlights include Sempe and bass violist Jay Bernfeld's profoundly dark rendering of Marin Marais' Les Voix Humaines. Sempe also teams with fellow harpsichordist Olivier Fortin in a delightful performance of Chambonnieres' ravishing Paschalia, which serves as an inspired introduction to mezzo-soprano Guillemette Laurens' sublime aria "Mes yeux..." from Campra's opera-ballet L'Europe Galante. Alpha's well-balanced sound convincingly captures the proceedings, even exceeding the label's usual high standards. In all, this is a resounding triumph for Sempe and his colleagues, and very highly recommended!

-John Greene (www.classicstoday.com/review.asp?ReviewNum=9105)


  Соисполнители :

Andre Campra (Composer)
Francois Couperin (Composer)
Guillemette Laurens (Mezzosoprano Voice)
Jacques Champion De Chambonnieres (Composer)
Jasu Moisio (Oboe)
Jay Bernfeld (Bass Viola)
Jean-Baptiste Lully (Composer)
Marin Marais (Composer)
Michel Lambert (Composer)
Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)


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   1 Ouverture De Psyche (Prologue)         0:02:23 Divertissement I - Jean-Baptiste Lully
   2 Prelude En Sol Mineur         0:01:34 Divertissement II - Jean Henri D'Anglebert
   3 Vos Mepris Chaque Jour         0:03:20 Michel Lambert
   4 Sarabande En Sol         0:02:13 Jacques Champion De Chambonnieres
   5 Marche Pour La Ceremonie Des Turcs (Le B         0:01:18 Jean-Baptiste Lully
   6 Prelude En Sol         0:02:03 Divertissement III - Jean Henri D'Anglebert
   7 'Ombre De Mon Amant '         0:05:37 Michel Lambert
   8 Passacaille D'Armide A Deux Clavecins         0:03:54 Jean-Baptiste Lully
   9 Gigue En Sol A 2 Clavecins         0:01:00 Gaspard Le Roux
   10 Reprise De La Marche Pour La Ceremonie Des Turcs         0:01:30 Jean-Baptiste Lully
   11 Sommeil (L'Europe Galante, Acte II, 1)         0:05:41 Divertissement IV - Andre Campra
   12 Prelude En Ut         0:02:59 Divertissement V - Louis Couperin
   13 Passacaille En Ut         0:05:09 Louis Couperin
   14 Paschalia A Deux Clavecin         0:01:35 Divertissement VI - Jacques Champion De Chambonnieres
   15 Mes Yeux... (L'Europe Galante, Acte V, 1)         0:04:17 Andre Campra
   16 Allemande A 2 Clavecins         0:04:31 Francois Couperin
   17 Les Voix Humaines         0:04:09 Divertissement VII - Marin Marais
   18 Prelude En Re Mineur         0:04:07 Jean Henri D'Anglebert
   19 Sarabande En Re Mineur         0:03:22 Marin Marais
   20 Quels Spectacles Charmants...         0:01:17 Divertissement VIII - Jean-Baptiste Lully
   21 Chaconne D'Amadis (Amadis, Acte V, 5)         0:06:43 Jean-Baptiste Lully

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