Marc-Antoine Charpentier ‎– Te Deum + Messe De Minuit Pour Noël (1989)

FrontCover1Marc-Antoine Charpentier composed his grand polyphonic motet Te Deum (H. 146) in D major probably between 1688 and 1698, during his stay at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, where he held the position of musical director. The work is written for the group of soloists, choir, and instrumental accompaniment.

Charpentier authored six Te Deum settings, although only four of them have survived. It is thought that the composition was performed to mark the victory celebrations and the Battle of Steinkirk in August, 1692.

Charpentier considered the key D-major as “bright and very warlike”. The instrumental introduction, composed in the form of rondo, precedes the first verset, led by the bass soloist. The choir and other soloists join gradually. Charpentier apparently intended to orchestrate the work according to the traditional exegesis of the Latin text. The choir thus predominates in the first part (verset 1-10, praise of God, heavenly dimension), and individual soloists in the second part (verset 10-20, Christological section, secular dimension). In subsequent versets, nos. 21-25, both soloists and choir alternate, and the final verset is a large-scale fugue written for choir, with a short trio for soloists in the middle.

The composition is scored for five soloists (SSATB) and choir (SATB), accompanied with an instrumental ensemble of 2 nonspecified recorders or flutes, 2 oboes, 2 trumpets (second trumpet in unison with timpani), timpani, 2 violins, 2 violas (“haute-contres de violon” and “tailles de violon”) and basso continuo.

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Typical continuo instruments used in French baroque music are “basses de violon” (a cello-like, large scaled instrument often replaced by the cello in modern performances), organ, harpsichord, theorbo, bass viol and bassoon or “basse de cromorne” (a kind of bass oboe). Furthermore, serpents were frequently used to double the bass line of vocal choirs in 17th century France.

Since the instrumental ensemble is mostly constricted to 4 parts only (wind instruments and violins playing the same line), it is very easy to reduce the instrumentation if needed.

After the work’s rediscovery in 1953 by French musicologist Carl de Nys, the instrumental prelude, Marche en rondeau, was chosen in 1954 as the theme music preceding the broadcasts of the European Broadcasting Union. After over sixty years of use notably before EBU programs such as the popular Eurovision Song Contest and Jeux Sans Frontières, the prelude, as arranged by Guy Lambert and directed by Louis Martini, has become Charpentier’s best-known work. (by wikipedia)

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Probably composed in 1690, the Messe de Minuït pour Noël, H 9, is perhaps Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s best-known composition after the Te Deum, H 146. The special appeal of this “Mass for the Midnight Service on Christmas Eve” lies in its use of no fewer than ten traditional French carols while impressively revealing Charpentier’s mastery of the concertante style.

The eight solo vocalists (SSAATTBB) can easily be taken from the chorus. They are divided into three groups – one group of two sopranos and two groups each comprising alto, tenor and bass – which interact with the chorus and instruments. This new edition represents the current state of scholarship and offers a completely revised Urtext of Charpentier’s masterpiece. (by musicroom.com)

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Personnel:

Te Deum:
Charles Brett (alto)
Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano)
Felicity Lott (soprano)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
Stephen Roberts (bass)
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Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Philip Ledger
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Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge

Messe De Minuit Pour Noël:
James Bowman (alto)
April Cantelo (soprano)
Helen Gelmar (soprano)
Christopher Keyte (bass)
Ian Partridge (tenor)
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English Chamber Orchestra conducted by David Willocks
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Choir Of King’s College, Cambridge conducted by David Willocks
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Andrew Davis (organ)

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Tracklist

Te Deum (recorded 1977):
01. Prélude 1.45
02. Te Deum Laudamus 1.18
03. Te Aeternum Patrem 1.55
04. Pleni Sunt Coeli Et Terra 2.20
05. Te Per Orbem Terrarum 3.19
06. Tu Devicto Mortis Aculeo 1.07
07. Judex Crederis 0.51
08. Te Ergo Quaesumus 2.08
09. Aeterna Fac Cum Sanctis 3.12
10. Dignare Domine 2.03
11. Fiat Misericordia 1.51
12. In Te Domine Speravi 3.21

Messe De Minuit Pour Noël (recorded: 1967):
13. Kyrie 6.27
14. Gloria 6.11
15. Credo 11.25
16. Offertoire 4.45
17. Sanctus 2.49
18. Agnus Dei 2.54

Music composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields / Sir Neville Marriner ‎– Amadeus (W.A. Mozart) (Special Edition For Montblanc) (2003)

FrontCover1 What better way to be introduced to the wonders of Classical Music than to listen to this superb selection of mostly Mozart works?
The film Amadeus does very well in capturing emotions expressed by Mozart’s diverse compositions. This soundtrack in turn succeeds in making the listener conjure up scenes from Amadeus as well as images of 18th century Vienna.
From melancholic to playful and romantic to firey, it will be difficult to match the prefection with which Sir Neville Mariner and The Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields have assembled this compilation. (by Nikaeigo)

The Soundtrack of “Amadeus” presents the whole genius, master work of the great composer of all time. It is hard to say which music is the best, but all we can say is that it is music to listen, love, and appreciate forever, during your entire life. And the next, and the next, and the next! A truly pleasure to listen to.(by an amazon customer)

MoviePic02This is a slection from the original soundtrack recording  and it´s a special edition for Montblanc:
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The company was acquired by Dunhill in 1977, following which lower price pens were dropped and the brand was used on a wide range of luxury goods other than pens.[2]

Today Montblanc forms part of the Richemont group. Its sister companies include luxury brands Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloé, and Baume et Mercier. Montblanc is owned, through Richemont, by the South African Rupert Family.

MontblancA trademark identified with Montblanc is the white stylised six-pointed star with rounded edges, representative of the Mont Blanc snowcap from above, the symbol being adopted in 1913. The number “4810,” the mountain’s height in metres, is also a commonly recurring theme.

The CD has a thick booklet with a picture of 4 Montblanc pens on the inside cover. Other than that the rest of the booklet is made up of stills from the movie and detailed text about each track on the CD

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Personnel:
Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields + Academy Chorus  conducted by Sir Neville Marriner
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Ambrosian Opera Chorus (background vocals on 02.)
Imogen Cooper (piano on 04.)
Louisa Kennedy (soprano pn 09.)
Felicity Lott (soprano) on 03.)
Ecco la Marcia (piano on 05.)
Ivan Morravec (piano on 05.)
Suzanne Murphy (soprano on 02.)
Anne Queffelec (piano on 04.)
Christian Zaccharias (piano on 08.)

Booklet02ATracklist:
01. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade), K. 525: 1st Movement 5.37
02. The Abduction From The Seraglio, K.384; Turkish Finale 1.24
03. Mass In C Minor, K. 427; Kyrie 6.24
04. Concerto For Two Pianos, K. 365; 3rd Movement 7.09
05. Piano Concerto In E-Flat, K. 482; 3rd Movement 11.04
06. Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), K. 492; Act III, Ecco La Marcia 2.28
07. Don Giovanni, K. 527; Act II, Commendatore Scene 6.55
08. Piano Concerto In D Minor, K. 466; 1st Movement  12.15
09. The Magic Flute, K. 620); Aria (No. 14), “Queen Of The Night” 2.54
10. Requiem, K. 626; Lacrimosa (Mournful Day) 3.46

composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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