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Marc Mauillon, Myriam Rignol, Thibaut Roussel & Marouan Mankar-Bennis - Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres (2018)

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Marc Mauillon, Myriam Rignol, Thibaut Roussel & Marouan Mankar-Bennis - Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres (2018)

Marc Mauillon, Myriam Rignol, Thibaut Roussel & Marouan Mankar-Bennis - Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres (2018)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:44:33 | 242 Mb
Classical, Baroque, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi

None of us knew what to expect when we took the plunge into the first cycle of the Leçons de Ténèbres by Lambert. The secular work of this great master of the French XVII Century – one of the great singers and pedagogues of his time – was known to us, each one of us having performed many times his wonderful court airs. We thereupon thought that we were on known territory and able to adapt ourselves to suit his religious music, even though it seemed odd to us that these Leçons were not better known or often performed and even less recorded – this first cycle being the very first recording. But from the first working session, we understood why. It took a good three hours just to read the first Leçon – for about ten minutes worth of music! Indeed, the vocal line, abundantly ornamented with Gregorian ‘plainchant ’, is not rhythmically rigorously organised in relation to the basso continuo line. We therefore had to put in place both parts, melodic and harmonic, with a very careful and well thought out approach. Nonetheless, once we got over these initial hurdles, the music revealed itself to us in all its beauty and its singular depth, the sobriety and the expressivity of the plain-chant comes through almost as a kind of watermark behind the genius and endlessly renewed inventiveness of the ornamentation. We took on the huge task of adapting this score, which had always remained a puzzle for musicologists who in actual fact were very interested in hearing our interpretation in the light of the latest research. Several stages were necessary in order to find the best solution for performing this work whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the original source. Faced with ornamentation both prolific and virtuosic, equally precise as it is mysterious, conserving moments of unexpected liberty in the middle of a very restrained form, one of the major challenges was to find a specific vocality and an adapted continuo, taking us back to the very heart of our artistic research. It is rare, that as a musician we are to such a point interrogated by a score and each one of us by bringing his stone to the edifice, truly lived this adventure as a gift. According to witnesses at the time, we know that these Leçons by Michel Lambert were performed by three singers during the Tenebrae services but we chose the option in this recording of providing a version for male voice, to take into account the fact that our composer himself must have sung these pieces – the score, even if we know that it is not autographed, leads us to believe that it is more of an ‘aide-mémoire’ rather than a ready to be performed version – and that he sang his own court airs, even though they were written for soprano. He also played the accompaniment, probably on the theorbo – in the company of the gambist and theorbist Nicolas Hotman, of whom we have chosen a few instrumental pieces made use of as preludes, postludes, meditations and phrases in between these Leçons, which at the time were placed in the middle of liturgical services, three days before Easter… If the experience suggested here differs from that which was originally anticipated for these pieces, it’s nevertheless worth being listened to notably for the meditative state into which it plunges us. Now we can share with you our gift!'
Tracklist:
Michel Lambert (1610 - 1696): Première Leçon du premier jour:
1Première Leçon du premier jour: Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiæ - Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola02:35
2Première Leçon du premier jour: Beth. Plorans ploravit in nocte02:39
3Première Leçon du premier jour: Gimel. Migravit Judas02:18
4Première Leçon du premier jour: Daleth. Viæ Sion lugent eo02:07
5Première Leçon du premier jour: He. Facti sunt hostes02:52
6Première Leçon du premier jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum02:00

Seconde Leçon du premier jour:
7Seconde Leçon du premier jour: Vau. Et egressus est02:04
8Seconde Leçon du premier jour: Zain. Recordata est Jerusalem02:11
9Seconde Leçon du premier jour: Heth. Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem01:31
10Seconde Leçon du premier jour: Teth. Sordes ejus in pedibus01:29
11Seconde Leçon du premier jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum01:05

Troisième Leçon du premier jour:
12Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Jod. Manum suam misit hostis01:38
13Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Caph. Omnis populus ejus02:19
14Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Lamed. O vos omnes01:29
15Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Mem. De excelso misit ignem01:39
16Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Nun. Vigilavit jugum iniquitatum mearum 01:38
17Troisième Leçon du premier jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum01:46

Prélude non mesuré pour viole seule:
18Prélude non mesuré pour viole seule01:56
Première Leçon du second jour:
19Première Leçon du second jour: De Lamentatione Jeremiæ - Heth. Cogitavit Dominus02:41
20Première Leçon du second jour: Teth. Defixæ sunt in terra01:26
21Première Leçon du second jour: Jod. Sederunt in terra01:34
22Première Leçon du second jour: Caph. Defecerunt præ lacrimis01:39
23Première Leçon du second jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere01:44

Seconde Leçon du second jour:
24Seconde Leçon du second jour: Lamed. Matribus suis dixerunt 02:16
25Seconde Leçon du second jour: Mem. Cui comparabo te02:08
26Seconde Leçon du second jour: Nun. Prophetæ tui viderunt01:48
27Seconde Leçon du second jour: Samec. Plauserunt super te manibus01:52
28Seconde Leçon du second jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere01:22

Troisième Leçon du second jour:
29Troisième Leçon du second jour: Aleph. Ego vir videns02:36
30Troisième Leçon du second jour: Beth. Vetustam fecit03:09
31Troisième Leçon du second jour: Gimel. Circumedificavit adversum02:45
32Troisième Leçon du second jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere01:03

Nicolas Hotman (1613 - 1663): Allemande:
33Allemande02:36
Première Leçon du troisième jour
34Première Leçon du troisième jour: De Lamentatione Jeremiæ - Heth. Misericordiæ Domini04:20
35Première Leçon du troisième jour: Teth. Bonus est Dominus sperantibus03:13
36Première Leçon du troisième jour: Jod. Sedebit solitarius02:36
37Première Leçon du troisième jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum00:51

Seconde Leçon du troisième jour:
38Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Aleph. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum02:04
39Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Beth. Filii Sion inclyti01:46
40Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Gimel. Sed et lamiæ nudaverunt mammam02:00
41Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Daleth. Adhesit lingua lactentis01:53
42Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: He. Qui vescebantur voluptuose01:39
43Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Vau. Et major effecta est01:31
44Seconde Leçon du troisième jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum01:00

Courante:
45Courante02:38

Troisième Leçon du troisième jour:
46Troisième Leçon du troisième jour: Incipit Oratio Jeremiæ01:53
47Troisième Leçon du troisième jour: Pupilli facti sumus02:06
48Troisième Leçon du troisième jour: Servi dominati sunt01:54
49Troisième Leçon du troisième jour: Mulieres in Sion00:52
50Troisième Leçon du troisième jour: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, convertere ad Dominum01:08

Ennemond Gaultier (1575 - 1651): Tombeau de Mezangeau:
51Tombeau de Mézangeau (04:44)