Charpentier: Musique sacrée Choir of New College Oxford

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Label: Novum

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Choir of New College Oxford, Oxford Baroque & Edward Higginbottom

Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1636-1704)

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  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1636-1704): Psalm 15, H. 230, Conserva me, Domine
  • 1Conserva me, Domine05:16
  • 2Dominus pars haereditatis meae04:39
  • 3Notas mihi fecisti03:35
  • Caecilia virgo et martyr octo vocibus, H. 397, Est secretum, Valeriane
  • 4Part I Praeludium01:32
  • 5Part I Est secretum Valeriane quod tibi volo dicere (Caecilia, Valerianus)03:20
  • 6Part I Et aquis lustralibus initiatus (Chori Fidelium)01:51
  • 7Part I Acceptis autem ab angelo flosculis (Historicus I, Caecilia, Valerianus, Tiburtius)04:49
  • 8Part I O Christi fidem profitentium caelestis harmonia! (Chorus)02:04
  • 9Part II Praeludium01:25
  • 10Part II Cum autem Valeriani et Tiburtii (Historicus II, Almachius, Caecilia)03:50
  • 11Part II In his dabit mihi Christus dulce refrigerium (Caecilia, Almachius)03:45
  • 12Part II Heu, nos dolentes! (Chorus, 2 Angels)03:56
  • 13Part II Nolite flere fideles (Angels)03:45
  • 14Part II Eya ergo Caecilidae, cantemus, jubilemus, et exultemus in victoria Caeciliae! (Chorus)04:14
  • De profundis, H. 189
  • 15Prelude01:38
  • 16De profundis clamavi05:03
  • 17Fiant aures tuae05:11
  • 18Quia apud te03:00
  • 19A custodia matutina02:21
  • 20Et ipse redimet01:26
  • 21Requiem aeternam05:41
  • Total Runtime01:12:21

Info for Charpentier: Musique sacrée

Marc-Antoine Charpentier has been hailed as France's greatest seventeenth-century composer. This latest release by New College Choir shows you why. In the oratorio Caecilia virgo et martyr (H397), the composer tells in vivid emotional detail the story of St Caecilia, her faith and martyrdom. With an equal level of intensity he marks the death of Queen Marie-Thérèse in the grand motet De profundis clamavi (H189). And at the end of his life, as music master at La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, he sets the psalm Conserva me Domine (H230) with a rare ingenuity. Three large-scale works from three different phases in Charpentier's life reveal with eloquence his range and accomplishment – we need to hear more of his music!

„Higginbottom's immersion in and passion for French Baroque music comes through clearly and the quality and professsionalism of these young singers (the trebles especially) is striking.“ (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3)

“The small string ensemble of Oxford Baroque plays the Praeludium with a juxtaposition of sensuousness and decorum...The choir's interjections are fantastically articulate - with gentle use of inégales, gorgeously shaped ornamental cadences and sincere delivery of the texts.” (Gramophone)

„With masterly direction Edward Higginbottom draws a remarkable range of tone colour from his Choir of New College Oxford with the voices blending together quite gloriously to compelling reverential effect. Since the François Couperin release the group of trebles may have lost the outstanding voice of Jonty Ward but their quality of vocal character still remains strong. Praise too is due to the players of the Oxford Baroque for their unfailing support. Recorded at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford the Novum engineers are to be congratulated for providing first class sound quality being crisp, clear and well balanced. I must emphasise the booklet notes penned by Edward Higginbottom which are as comprehensive as one has come to expect complete with full Latin texts and English translations. Stunningly performed by the immaculately prepared Choir of New College Oxford this Novum release of sacred choral music from Marc-Antoine Charpentier is of the highest quality and deserves significant praise.“ (Michael Cookson, MusicWeb International)

Choir of New College Oxford
Oxford Baroque
Edward Higginbottom, conductor

Recorded at St Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford, July 2012

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