martedì 7 ottobre 2014

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier - Motets avec Symphonies

13 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 66Mb

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Contains most of the surviving sacred music by Boismortier: one grand motet with trumpets and drums and 8 petits motets for soprano. Like J-M Leclair, some Boismortier movements are more purely Italian than anything I've heard by Rameau, Mouret, Mondonville or Royer. In particular, a da capo aria for soprano in the grand motet on this disk is not recognizably French. But for the French pronunciation of Latin, it could easily by mistaken for an aria by a leading Italian composer around the turn of the 18th Century. Unfortunately, the most popular sacred work by Boismortier in his own lifetime, a grand motet that was performed by the Concert Spirituel for 25 years, has not survived intact. The superb performance of the petits motets by Véronique Gens is one of the highlights of recorded French sacred music.


Motet à grand choeur: Exaudiat te Dominus
Motet pour le Saint Sacrement
Motet pour Saint Pierre
Motet pour l'Ascension
Motet pour le Saint Sacrement
Motet pour le Roy
Motet à la Sainte Vierge

Véronique Gens, soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, haute-contre
Peter Harvey, baritone
Loureiro de Sà, baritone

Le Concert Spirituel
Kevin Mallon, first violin
dir. Hervé Niquet

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