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Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Oh, ma belle brunette (2022)

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Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Oh, ma belle brunette (2022)

Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Oh, ma belle brunette (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 315 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 167 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:11:07
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

The term ‘brunette’ refers not only to a young woman with brown hair, but also to a musical form that was highly fashionable from the late seventeenth century to the early eighteenth. The genre evolved from the air de cour, extremely popular in France since the beginning of the seventeenth century. The compositional process, however, remained very similar: to write a short, tender song, dealing with themes of love or nature, which could be sung alone or accompanied by a harmonic instrument. The late seventeenth century also saw the appearance of an instrument that soon became a favourite of composers and amateur musicians: the German flute, now called the traverso or Baroque flute.

Reinoud Van Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis - Dumesny: Haute-Contre de Lully (2019)

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Reinoud Van Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis - Dumesny: Haute-Contre de Lully (2019)

Reinoud Van Mechelen, A Nocte Temporis - Dumesny: Haute-Contre de Lully (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 407 Mb | Total time: 77:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 554 | Recorded: 2018

Who was Louis Gaulard Dumesny? Dumesny was not the first haute-contre historically speaking, but he was the first to have become famous in his lifetime. Sources agree that he was a cook when Lully discovered him. He made his debut in 1677 and everyone was amazed by his acting, the power of his voice and also his ability to learn everything by ear, since he could not read music. A few centuries later, Reinoud Van Mechelen, star tenor of the international Baroque scene, has decided, with his ensemble A Nocte Temporis, to pay tribute to this ‘haute-contre’ register, a high tenor voice (not to be confused with the countertenor!), by devoting three recordings to it, paying tribute in turn to Lully, Rameau and Gluck.

Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau (2021)

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Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau (2021)

Reinoud Van Mechelen & A Nocte Temporis - Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 448 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 205 Mb | 01:29:27
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classica, Outhere Music

Reinoud Van Mechelen and his ensemble A Nocte Temporis continue their ‘Haute-Contre Trilogy’ with Rameau’s favourite singer, Pierre de Jéliote, probably the finest haute-contre in history. (Reminder: this is a high tenor voice, not to be confused with the countertenor!) Rameau wrote an enormous amount of music for Jéliote, who was not only a singer but also a guitarist, a cellist and even a composer. The album pays tribute to this native of the Béarn region, who was born in 1713 and died at the ripe old age of eighty-four, with a selection of airs by Rameau (from Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Fêtes d’Hébé, Platée, Castor et Pollux, Les Boréades) but also by Dauvergne, Colin de Blamont, Mondonville, Rebel and Francoeur. Though some are well known, others are much more rarely performed today.

A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)

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A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)

A Nocte Temporis, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Vox Luminis, Lionel Meunier - Charpentier: Orphée aux enfers (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 405 MB | Tracks: 32 | 82:06 min
Style: Classical | Label: Alpha

The Orpheus myth was as important for the birth of opera in France as it had been in Italy. In 1684, Charpentier composed a work for three voices, Orphée descendant aux Enfers. With this piece, remarkable for its style and concision, he showed how well he had assimilated Carissimi's art. It is a dramatic scene, similar to the sacred histories of the Roman master. The text, by an unknown author, narrates Orpheus quest for his beloved in the Underworld. The hero's haute-contre gives him an elegiac timbre this was the vocal register in which Charpentier, himself a singer, excelled. In 1687 he created his second illustration of the myth, La Descente d Orphée aux Enfers. In its two acts can be discerned the outline of a possible complete opera the manuscript has reached us shorn of the third act in which Orpheus would presumably have lost Eurydice before being devoured by the Maenads.