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Montéclair – Cantates à voix seule

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Catalogue numberBIS-CD-1865
Release date2011-07-26
Discs1
Orig. sample rate44100Hz

An almost exact contemporary of François Couperin and only some 15 years older than Rameau, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair taught the children of the first-named and debated music theory with the latter. He is credited with introducing the new contrabass to the Paris opera orchestra of which he was a member, wrote a treatise on teaching, Petite méthode pour apprendre la musique, and in 1721 opened a music shop. But he 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. During his lifetime 24 such works were published in three different collections, dealing mainly with subjects from classical history or mythology. The texts are anonymous, the large majority being in French with four Italian ones, including La Morte di Lucretia, recorded here. One of the challenges for the composer in these mini-operas with their restricted instrumentation is to provide an effective backcloth for the action with the limited means at his disposal. Thus a violin in one cantata first imitates Diana’s hunting horns, and then, by being fitted with a mute, Pan’s newly cut pipe. The trumpets celebrating The Return of Peace are quite satisfactorily suggested by unison violins, and the shepherd's bagpipes are alluded to by two bass viols in Le Triomfe de la Constance. Emma Kirkby and London Baroque have previously demonstrated their grasp of the format, with recordings of solo cantatas by Handel that have met with great acclaim, for instance in BBC Music Magazine ('Emma Kirkby's virtuosity is splendid, but so is her characterisation... London Baroque lends admirable support… Outstanding') and in the German magazine Fono Forum ('Emma Kirkby performs the pieces with profound insights into human thought and emotions… and her interaction with London Baroque demonstrates in an impressive manner how a common musical understanding has matured and strengthened during years of collaboration.')
 
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  Le Retour de la Paix 15:00
01 Vivement 01:47 $ 0.37 USD
02 Air. Tendrement 04:08 $ 0.87 USD
03 Légèrement 01:49 $ 0.38 USD
04 Lent et détaché 03:10 $ 0.67 USD
05 Leger et doux 01:07 $ 0.23 USD
06 [Récitatif] 01:14 $ 0.26 USD
07 Air des Trompettes 01:45 $ 0.37 USD
 
  Pan et Syrinx 17:33
08 Récitatif 00:22 $ 0.08 USD
09 Air 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
10 Récitatif 00:36 $ 0.13 USD
11 Air. Lent et mesuré 00:40 $ 0.14 USD
12 [Symphonie]. Modéré 00:49 $ 0.17 USD
13 Récitatif 00:23 $ 0.08 USD
14 Air. Gai 02:10 $ 0.46 USD
15 Récitatif 02:08 $ 0.45 USD
16 Air. Lentement et tendrement 04:53 $ 1.03 USD
17 Air. Gai 03:17 $ 0.69 USD
 
  Le Triomfe de la Constance 11:41
18 [Récitatif] 01:32 $ 0.32 USD
19 Tendrement et un peu de mouvement 02:22 $ 0.50 USD
20 [Récitatif] 00:30 $ 0.11 USD
21 Tendrement 03:14 $ 0.68 USD
22 [Récitatif] 01:43 $ 0.36 USD
23 [Air] 02:20 $ 0.49 USD
 
  La Mort de Didon 12:08
24 Lent, marqué et detaché 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
25 Air. Lent 04:04 $ 0.85 USD
26 Récitatif 00:44 $ 0.15 USD
27 Vivement 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
28 [Récitatif] 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
29 Air 01:20 $ 0.28 USD
 
  La Morte di Lucretia 12:18
30 Presto 00:16 $ 0.06 USD
31 Recitativo 00:33 $ 0.12 USD
32 Aria. Largo et affettuoso 03:38 $ 0.76 USD
33 Recitativo 00:53 $ 0.19 USD
34 Aria. Vivace – Adagio 03:05 $ 0.65 USD
35 Recitativo – Adagio 03:13 $ 0.68 USD
36 Recitativo 00:40 $ 0.14 USD
 
  Album total 68:40
Baroque ensembleLondon Baroque
SopranoKirkby, Emma

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