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Charpentier: At the Chapel Royal, Versailles [2CD plus DVD (PAL)] Box set, CD+DVD, Hybrid SACD, SACD


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  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Audio CD (28 July 2014)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B00KWPS2QM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the foundation of Le Concert des Nations by Montserrat Figueras and myself in 1989, we are now delighted to be able to release on the Alia Vox label an SACD version of Charpentier s 'Canticum ad Beatam Virginem Mariam' in what was the ensemble s first recording. This re-release is accompanied by a DVD (PAL format) of the recording of the concert given on 9th October, 2004, at the Royal Chapel at Versailles, and a second SACD featuring the live recording of 'Missa Assumpta est Maria' at that concert, as well as the instrumental interlude 'Nuit' taken from the 'Pastorale In nativitatem Domini canticum' and the new recording of the 'Concert pour quatre parties de Violes' at the collegiate church of Cardona on 7th May, 2013. This is also an opportunity for us to pay homage to one of the greatest musicians of his generation on the occasion of the 310th anniversary of his death. Let us not forget that, together with Purcell in England, Charpentier brought about the transition from modality to tonality, enriching his works with poignant chromaticism, false relations and dissonances, which more often than not arose from that very conflict between tonality and modality. Thus, the genius of Charpentier retains its relevance and eloquence today, thanks to his highly individual way of incorporating certain transalpine influences into the French tradition; all this, together with his profound spirituality, makes his music a perfect example of the 'goûts réunis.' JORDI SAVALL, Seoul, 29th April, 2014

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***** 'Rarely have I seen and heard such a beautifully performed collection of French baroque vocal and instrumental works … Savall directs all from the dessus de viole effortlessly.' --David Ponsford, Choir & Organ Magazine, September October 2014

9/10 (Recording) 8/10 (Music) 'the playing of Savall s instrumentalists is sensitive and communicative ... thoroughly authentic ... The overall effect is one of polish and professionalism and is a fine addition, especially when considering the amount of music you get here for your money.' --Stephen Priest HiFi Magazine, October 2014

A treasure map is needed to find one s way through this release. The CDs and DVD, exquisitely encased in a beautiful book full of facsimiles, photographs and essays as well as vocal texts in innumerable translations contain performances of some of the most beautifully crafted, deeply spiritual music Charpentier ever wrote ... The performances are all carefully honed and representative of Savall s wider approach to historical music, which is to create versions possibly even more beautiful than originally envisaged. --Juile Anne Sadie Gramophone

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Loverofbooks on 3 Sept. 2014
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This is truly a magnificent bargain.
The cover and booklet are well produced with notes and texts, together with numerous illustrations - truly sumptuous to look through and read.
Both the CD's are wonderfully ethereal and exciting to listen to and will transport any listener. The DVD of the Missa Assumpta est Maria filmed and recorded in la Chapelle Royale de Versailles is equally wonderful to listen to. There may be the perfectionists who prefer a studio recording to bring out the different layers of sound with all the nuances that a composer might hope for as well, but to hear music in the setting it was composed for is a far more true sound that a composer wanted. The depth and reverberation of the sound, both musicians and singers, placed in different parts of the chapel, make for a very extra-ordinary and more impressive sound.
A beautiful collection of music and singing made all the more exquisite by its setting.
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The sound quality for the items recorded in 2004 (DVD and SACD 2) is unsatisfactory, compressed and not such as to benefit from SACD remastering. The singing is not of a of a high quality either. The remastered recording from 1989 is far better in terms of both recording quality and standard of singing. The Suite for Viols and 'Nuit' is beautifully recorded in 2013.
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By george29 on 12 Jan. 2015
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A baroque masterpiece performed with Savall's usual sensitivity
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By Stephen H on 7 Feb. 2015
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Great performances and the dvd is an excellent bonus
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter. D Granville-Edmunds on 4 Sept. 2014
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A beautifully presented edition.The buy of the season! Wonderful music on both cd`s and action on the DVD. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole performance, the singers, players, instruments, beautiful sounds and surrounds. A rare bargain.
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