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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri terzo & quarto (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 437 Mb | Total time: 97:40 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HAF 8905309.10 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

Following the acclaim which met their 2-CD set devoted to the first two books of Gesualdo's madrigals (2020 Gramophone Award), Paul Agnew and Les Arts Florissants now focus on the composer's Ferrara period. Books III and IV mark a turning point in Gesualdo's output. The murderous prince's inner demons seem to be reflected in the heightened expressiveness of these madrigals, whose reliance on chromaticism and dissonance was so far ahead of it's time that it's like would not be heard again until centuries later.

Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Un Oratorio de Noël (1983/2021)

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Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Un Oratorio de Noël (1983/2021)

Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: Un Oratorio de Noël (1983/2021)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 347 MB | Cover | 01:14:57 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 175 MB
Classical | Label: bei harmonia mundi

Dès son arrivée à Paris en 1971 et la création des Arts Florissants huit ans plus tard, William Christie n’a eu de cesse de s’intéresser à la musique de Marc-Antoine Charpentier dont il est devenu un des interprètes majeurs et, probablement, son meilleur ambassadeur à travers le monde. La fête de Noël, précédée par les quatre semaines de l’Avent, occupe une place majeure dans la musique de Charpentier comme en témoigne le nombre et la diversité des compositions relatives à la Nativité. Le présent album, paru en 1983, présentait la pastorale Sur la naissance de Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ datant de 1681, l’oratorio In Nativatem Domini canticum, les Antiennes « O » de l’Avent et les Noëls pour les instruments conçus dans les années 1690, deux époques différentes de l’activité de Charpentier à Paris.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6 (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6 (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Handel: Concerti Grossi Op.6 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 332 Mb | Total time: 67:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC 901507 | Recorded: 1994

Released in 1995, this Harmonia Mundi CD of five of Handel's Concerti grossi, Op. 6, is an absolute bargain and highly recommended to any lover of great music. Considering William Christie and Les Arts Florissants are among the most brilliant interpreters of Handel, that these gorgeous works afforded them an ideal platform for their talents, and that Harmonia Mundi provided the best possible engineering to capture their glorious sound, this album is an embarrassment of riches not to be missed. One regrets, however, that there are just 5 of the 12 concerti; since Christie recorded only Nos. 1, 2, 6, 7, and 10 for Harmonia Mundi before switching to Erato, there is no follow-up disc for the rest of Op. 6.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Le Malade Imaginaire (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 362 Mb | Total time: 78:56 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | HMC 901336 | Recorded: 1990

Due to legal complications engineered by Jean-Baptiste Lully and effected by Louis XIV, Marc-Antoine Charpentier's brilliant incidental music for Molière's final comedy, Le Malade imaginaire (1672-1674), was subjected to two drastic revisions. Despite the composer's usual precautions and careful maintenance of his manuscripts, the work's ordering became confused and scores of two important sections – the "Premier intermède" and the "Petit opéra impromptu" – lost. Thanks to the work of musicologists John S. Powell and H. Wiley Hitchcock, the full work has been reconstructed from surviving parts and restored for performance. The 1990 recording by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants is the most complete and authoritative version available; but if that makes it seem stuffy and dry, then hearing the performance will come as a glorious surprise.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Les Antiennes "O" de l'Avent (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 184 Mb | Total time: 41:26 | Scans included
Classical | Harmonia Mundi | 0905124 | Recorded: 1982

Ma rencontre avec la musique de Charpentier remonte à mes années d'études aux Etats-Unis, au cours desquelles mes professeurs avaient l'habitude de parler de cette musique et de la montrer. J'ai ainsi découvert le "Reniement de Saint-Pierre" dans une anthologie de musique religieuse…Je me souviens aussi avoir entendu du Charpentier chanté en traduction anglaise, parfois aussi en latin par certains chœurs de paroisses protestantes. C'est là que j'ai pris connaissance de la "Pastorale sur la naissance de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ".William Christie

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas (2008)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico, Eva Mei - Handel: Acis and Galatea, Theodora, Solo Cantatas [6CDs] (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.45 Mb | Total time: 05:24:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 2564 69564-1 | Recorded: 1999, 2003

William Christie’s account on Erato is probably now a first recommendation… he has marshalled expert singers; Alan Ewing’s Polyphemus is particularly good, well characterized and spirited. Indeed, the whole performance is full of life and personality, and Christie holds everything together with finesse and grace.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Mozart: Requiem (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 239 Mb | Total time: 53:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0630-10697-2 | Recorded: 1994

For all the lovely recordings of the Mozart Requiem, KV 626 - and there are many fine ones that run the gamut of 'authoritative/authentic' performances to richly robust and romantic versions that ring the halls with operatic grandeur - this 1995 recording with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissantes is one that is so richly rewarding to return to for its delicate yet soulful sincerity. The instruments are in keeping with the instruments of Mozart's time, and the choral technique is more straight toned than other more modern choruses. The soloists - Anna Maria Panzarella, soprano, Nathalie Stutzmann, alto, Christoph Pregardien, tenor, and Nathan Berg, bass - are all excellent, both as individuals and in quartet and combinations.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Gesualdo: Madrigali. Libri Primo & Secondo (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 365 Mb | Total time: 81:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HAF 8905307.08 | Recorded: 2019

Having thoroughly explored the madrigals of Monteverdi, Paul Agnew returns to the genre, this time focusing on the work of Gesualdo, whose mastery of chromaticism and dissonance eventually turned these expressive devices into a defining feature of his musical style. A fascinating repertoire that Paul Agnew and his team delight in offering here.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Campra: Cantates françaises (1986/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 291 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 138 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:06
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie triumphs; nobody does French Baroque with an Italian accent better and with his ensemble Les Arts Flos, he has made some of the finest recordings of French baroque music, including these French cantatas by André Campra (1660-1744). Campra is usually regarded as the most important French composer between Lully and Rameau and a transitional figure in French opera. Curiously, many of the musicans of Les Arts Florissants back in 1986 were American or British: violinist John Holloway, flautist Robert Claire, theorbist Stephen Stubbs, and the superlative American soprano Jill Feldman. However, to hear quintessential French vocal technique, listen to Dominique Visse singing the cantata 'La Dispute de l'Amour et de l'Hymen.' Jean-François Gardeil, the baritone on this CD, also contributes a pure French inflection to the performance. Recorded in 1986, in Arles.

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

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Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)

Les Arts Florissants & William Christie - Moulinié: Cantique de Moÿse (1980/2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 121 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:48:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: harmonia mundi

William Christie directs the singers and period-instrument musicians of Les Arts Florissants in a recording of works by Etienne Moulinié (c1600-c1669). Recorded June 1980, Eglise du Bon Secours, Paris with notes in English, French, and German and texts with English translations.

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)

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Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)

Paul Agnew, Les Arts Florissants - Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (2017)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 104 min | 3,80 Gb (DVD5)
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Sub: Italiano, Francais, English, Deutsch | Recorded: 2017

Following on logically from his complete cycle of Monteverdi madrigals, Paul Agnew – here both conductor and stage director – presents his intimate and ‘sacred’ version of the composer’s first opera (and the first great opera in musical history). In a fine collective spirit, the singers and instrumentalists of Les Arts Florissants participate in the drama on equal terms, mingling in a single set that gives increased prominence to the (masterly) lighting and to the protagonists (overwhelmingly moving in their restrained movements and expressions): we are transported to the very heart of Monteverdi’s masterpiece, as if we had fallen into a painting by Nicolas Poussin, caught up in the mystical adventure of two lovers more mythical than ever.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Luigi Rossi: Oratorios (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 274 Mb | Total time: 48:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 1901091 | Recorded: 1982

When I founded my ensemble Les Arts Florissants in 1979, I knew at once that I wanted the battle I was launching to make the baroque repertory popular again to be fought not only in the concert hall but also through that wonderful weapon of seduction, recordings.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Médée (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 955 Mb | Total time: 61:17+74:36+58:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato ‎| 4509-96558-2 | Recorded: 1994

Charpentier’s Médée is one of the glories of the Baroque. Medea’s betrayal by Jason, her comprehensive revenge and the plight of those caught up in this epic tragedy prompted Charpentier to compose music of devastating power. Transcending the constraints of the Lullian tragédie lyrique, he produced characterisations of astonishing complexity and invested vast stretches of music with a dramatic pace and a harmonic richness rivalled among contemporaries only by Purcell. The electrifying exchanges of the third act, mingling pathos with extreme violence, alone put Charpentier on the same imaginative level as Rameau and Berlioz. The machinations of the fourth act and the dénouement in the fifth maintain the same captivating impetus.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Nativitatem Domini Canticum, Messe de Minuit (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 276 Mb | Total time: 57:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 8573-85820-2 | Recorded: 2000

This is a disc of Christmas music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), all the works written during the 1690s possibly for performance at the Jesuit church of Saint-Louis where the composer was Master of the Music. The wide variety of mood, colour and style underlines the extraordinary versatility and originality of this composer, upon whom Carissimi was the strongest influence during his student days in Rome in the 1660s. He was highly prolific (there are no less than 35 works in the oratorio style) and wrote a great deal of both moving and dramatic music.

]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

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]William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Charpentier: In Divertissements, Airs et Concerts (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 342 Mb | Total time: 73:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | 3984-25485-2 | Recorded: 1998

This is a mixed bag, but it is a mixture of wonderful stuff put together with considerable expertise. Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a major composer of the French Baroque, served at the Sainte-Chappelle in Paris, and wrote much music of solemnity and grandeur, but was also principal composer for the Comedie Française where he wrote music of a lighter nature. What we get here is mainly the latter, more directly entertaining Charpentier, and we get it in the forms of airs serieux, which are refined songs intended for court circles, and airs a boire, in a more popular style.