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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 417 Mb | Total time: 81:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Éditions Arts Florissants | # AF002 | Recorded: 2013

With Le Jardin de Monsieur Rameau, William Christie invites us to take a pleasant walk in the beautiful garden of French vocal music from the XVIIIth Century. Featured composers include Rameau and his contemporaries, and the repertoire ranges from opera highlights and profane cantatas to instrumental interludes. Christie's program presents a vivid overview of the music that was played in Versailles at the peak of its splendor. The album's vocal soloists are young singers who took part in Le Jardin des Voix (The Garden of Voices) - a biannual musical academy led by William Christie and Paul Agnew that is designed to unveil the most promising talents of the coming generation.

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

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Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617134 | Recorded: 2001

Gloire au Centre de musique baroque de Versailles qui nous a fait redécouvrir Henry Desmarest, l'un des plus étonnants compositeurs du règne de Louis XIV. À vingt ans à peine, il osa braver Lully sur son propre terrain, en montant un opéra et un divertissement à la cour du Roi-Soleil. Plus tard, avec son aîné Marc-Antoine Charpentier, il fut l'un des principaux acteurs du renouveau d'un opéra français en manque de vrais succès depuis la mort de Quinault et Lully. On croyait indûment tout savoir de ce maître de musique. C'était compter sans le talent de défricheur du label français K.617, qui a trouvé en Nouvelle-Orléans les traces d'un baroque français "exporté", estampillé du nom de Desmarest, entre autres.

Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)

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Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)

Barthold Kuijken, Wieland Kuijken, Robert Kohnen - French and Italian Flute Music of the 18th Century (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 579 Mb | Total time: 128:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accent | # ACC 30009 | Recorded: 1979, 1991

Germany's Accent label has released a series of twin-CD sets featuring the Baroque flute recordings made by Barthold Kuijken, sometimes (as here) accompanied by his cello-playing brother Wieland. The originals date back to the late '70s, when Kuijken was one of the Dutch specialists who brought historical performance out of the too-precious phase, and they still sound good. This release pairs a 1979 set of French flute sonatas from the middle eighteenth century with a 1991 group of Italian works of the same period. The two discs, both recorded in Belgian churches, don't have exactly the same ambiance, but the pairing is an intelligent one, making this a good pick from among the various discs available.

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

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Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)

Emma Kirkby, London Baroque - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Cantatas à Voix Seule (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 70:11 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1865 | Recorded: 2010

Emma Kirkby and London Baroque here return to BIS with a disc of music from the French composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair. An almost exact contemporary of François Couperin and only some 15 years older than Rameau, Montéclair was also a composer working in all the genres current at the time, including that of the chamber cantata for one or two voices and strings, dealing mainly with subjects from classical history or mythology. The large majority used French texts with four Italian ones, including La Morte di Lucretia, recorded here.

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Montéclair: Jephté (2020)

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György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Montéclair: Jephté (2020)

György Vashegyi, Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir - Montéclair: Jephté (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 767 Mb | Total time: 66:10+76:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 924008 | Recorded: 2019

In Jepht by Michel Pignolet de Montclair, Gyrgy Vashegyi directs with style and energy another riveting account of a neglected French Baroque opera. The work, based on the Biblical tale of a conquering general obliged, by a sacred vow, to sacrifice his own kin, became an immediate success in 1732, indeed a fixture in opera life in France, receiving over a hundred performances at the Opra alone in the three decades following its premire. Montclair and his librettist Pellegrin were open to preparing revised versions of the opera and it is the third and conclusive edition which has been worked on by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and recorded by Vashegyi and his musicians.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Mort de Didon (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 310 Mb | Total time: 75:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMF 8901280 | Recorded: 1988

The French cantata had a brief, but vibrant life during the first three decades of the 18th century. Beginning with Morin's first book in 1706, there followed dozens of books of cantatas by a number of French composers. Clerambault, Boismortier, Rameau and Monteclair all published cantatas during this period. Monteclair may by relatively unknown, but he was a composer of undoubted talent if judged by the works on this recording…If you like the French baroque, do yourself a favor and try to buy this recording. It is a high point in the art of the cantata, and in the musicianship of William Christie and his colleagues.

Florilegium - Fatale Flame: Music from 18th Century France: Montéclair, Morel, Naudot, Leclair, Rameau (2000)

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Florilegium - Fatale Flame: Music from 18th Century France: Montéclair, Morel, Naudot, Leclair, Rameau (2000)

Florilegium - Fatale Flame: Music from 18th Century France: Montéclair, Morel, Naudot, Leclair, Rameau (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 346 Mb | Total time: 63:48 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Channel Classics | # CCS 16898 | Recorded: 2000

While the music offered in this recording spans only thirty-two years, it best exemplifies the development of French musical style and taste in the eighteenth century. By the middle of the century the unification of both the Italian and French styles of music composition termed by Franois Couperin as les gots-runis had been realised. This disc of chamber music modestly charts the journey through this change from Montclair and Morel through Leclair and Naudot to Rameau.

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Jephté (2002)

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William Christie, Les Arts Florissants  - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Jephté (2002)

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Jephté (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 629 Mb | Total time: 70:09+79:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | HMX 2901424.25 | Recorded: 1992

"Jephte" was Monteclair's second and final stage work, a lyric tragedy written when he was 65 and apparently the first Biblical opera produced in France since the mystery plays. The influences on Rameau's stage works music are readily apparent: the canny use of orchestral color for dramatic purposes, vivid musical characterization, infectiously lively dance music, and, above all, inspired and stirring choral writing.