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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

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Gerard Lesne,  Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario musicale - Vivaldi: Salve Regina, Violin concerto RV 581; Galuppi: Motets (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 507 Mb | Total time: 66:34+56:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin | # 5 62413 2 | Recorded: 1991-92

Gérard Lesne founded the Il Seminario musicale Ensemble in 1985. Since 1990, the Ensemble has been in residence at the Royaumont Foundation, where it attracts vocalists and instrumentalists who share Lesne's enthusiam for the 17th and 18th century Italian repertoire. The musicians perform on old instruments and strive to reproduce as faithfully as possible the lilt and narrative line characteristic of the baroque style as expressed in works by composers such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Caldara, Pergolesi, and the others. The size of the ensemble is variable depending on the repertoire. Based on a rich and varied continuo section (theorbo, cello, basson, double bass, organ and harpsichord) supporting one or more soloists, it can be expanded with the addition of a string quartet to make a small chamber orchestra suitable for performing chamber operas.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Total time: 05:25:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 3 95153 2 5 | Recorded: 1990-1998

The cantata, to some extent, is a development from the madrigal that appeared in Italy at the start of the seventeenth century. While the madrigal was refined and delicate, the cantata evolved because composers felt the need to introduce a dramatic narrative element into vocal chamber music and thusly the music took a lighter, wittier turn.
Scarlatti is considered as one if the initiators, and also one of the reformers of this genre, whose outlines he established. In his cantatas for a single solo voice and continuo, Scarlatti treats the latter as a true partner of the voice.

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Handel: Lucrezia. Cantates pour alto solo (1991)

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Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Handel: Lucrezia. Cantates pour alto solo (1991)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Handel: Lucrezia. Cantates pour alto solo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 334 Mb | Total time: 70:00 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics ‎| VC 7 91480-2 | Recorded: 1990

Handel's stay in Italy between the years 1706 and 1710 resulted in a time of intense creative activity, and he quite naturally gravitated towards the cantata.

Gérard Lesne, Véronique Gens, Il Seminario Musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Motets (1994)

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Gérard Lesne, Véronique Gens, Il Seminario Musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Motets (1994)

Gérard Lesne, Véronique Gens, Il Seminario Musicale - Alessandro Scarlatti: Motets (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 329 Mb | Total time: 69:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas | # 5 45103 2 | Recorded: 1993

Depuis plus d'une décennie, Gérard Lesne poursuit un splendide travail de redécouverte du répertoire baroque sacré, qu'il chante avec sa voix merveilleuse de haute- contre, accompagné de son ensemble Il Seminario Musicale. Ce disque est l'occasion de les retrouver dans de très beaux Motets de Scarlatti - Alessandro Scarlatti, le père de Domenico, l'auteur des fameuses 555 sonates pour clavier. Tout est subtilité, douceur et expression, comme toujours avec Gérard Lesne.

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)

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Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Léçons de Ténèbres (1993, 1995)
EAC | FLAC | Track (Cue & Log) ~ 974 Mb | Total time: 63:52+66:13+70:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | 5 45107 2 / 5 45075 2 / 7 59295 2 | Recorded: 1992-1994

The services of Matins and Lauds in the Roman rite for the last three days of Holy Week, the so-called Sacred Triduum are – or were before being replaced by the vernacular liturgy – beautiful and complex. Matins for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday consist of psalms with antiphons, readings from the Lamentations of Jeremiah and versicles and responsories related to and reflecting upon the events of those days. Over the centuries they have proved fruitful inspiration for music, even in post-reformation England, where the Book of Common Prayer continued to prescribe readings from Lamentations and settings of them, often in Latin, continued to be sung in cathedrals and collegiate churches.