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Charpentier - Te Deum; Messe de Minuit pour NoŽl [CD]

Esteban Cambre , Giles Tomkins , Marc-Antoine Charpentier , Kevin Mallon , Aradia Ensemble , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kevin Mallon
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000DJEM5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Te Deum, H. 146Jane Archibald22:07Album Only
Listen  2. Psalm 109, H. 204, "Dixit Dominus": Dixit Dominus, H. 204Jane Archibald 8:58Album Only
Listen  3. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: (Kyrie) Noel: Joseph est bien marie - Kyrie eleison - Noel: Et sy je la revoy - Christe eleison - Une jeune pucelle - Kyrie eleisonJane Archibald 7:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: GloriaJane Archibald 4:29£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: CredoJane Archibald 9:07Album Only
Listen  6. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Noel: Laissez paitre vos betesJane Archibald 1:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Sanctus and BenedictusJane Archibald 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Agnus DeiJane Archibald 2:19£0.89  Buy MP3 


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Te Deum H. 146 - Messe de Minuit pour Noël, H. 9 - Dixit Dominus, H. 204 / Ensemble Aradia, dir. Kevin Mallon

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Messe de Minuit' with a Canadian Twist 29 April 2004
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I was particularly pleased to get this CD because I had just sung in apresentation of Charpentier's 'Messe de Minuit pour NoŽl' this pastChristmas season and had been really knocked sideways by the piece. I'dnever heard it before but it was love at first run-through, largelybecause it is so unpretentious, so joyous, so bewitching that it wouldtake a heart of stone to dislike it.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) probably wrote the Messe forChristmas 1694 - three hundred years ago! - using several French carols asits basis. Most of those carols are not well-known to us (although thefirst one used, 'Joseph est bien marié') is pretty familiar), but I canonly imagine that for parishioners of the time the parade of beloved tunesmade the mass a joy to hear. And it is possibly with that in mind that inthis recording the Canadian choral group Aradia inserted into the 'Christeeleison' a substitution that would particularly have appealed to theirCanadian audiences. What they did was take Charpentier's treatment of theFrench carol 'Une jeune pucelle' ('A Young Virgin') and replace the usualFrench words with a text from the Huron language ('Estennialon detsonwe'), a version known in Canada simply as 'The Huron Carol.' What adelightful touch! It does not alter Charpentier's music, but it gives aregional cast to the performance that I found puzzling at first(particularly since Keith Anderson's booklet notes make absolutely nomention of the substitution) but then utterly charming. I gather there isa tradition of doing this sort of thing in this populist mass. The musicof the mass itself is quintessentially French baroque: transparency, lotsof dotted rhythms, homophonic textures mingling with limpid counterpointand, most of all, a lack of stolidity so common to German baroque sacredmusic of the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Messe de minuit 26 Oct 2011
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I was a bit surprised that this CD isn't just the Charpentier but includes the peasant songs it was based on.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really qualified to comment 26 Oct 2013
By A. Joy
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I bought this to practice with for Choral society I have joined. As I have not heard of this before purchasing, i don't really know if it's a good recording. However, it does sound very nice indeed if that helps. Delivery was good, as usual from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Messe de Minuit' with a Canadian Twist 5 Feb 2004
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was particularly pleased to get this CD because I had just sung in a presentation of Charpentier's 'Messe de Minuit pour NoŽl' this past Christmas season and had been really knocked sideways by the piece. I'd never heard it before but it was love at first run-through, largely because it is so unpretentious, so joyous, so bewitching that it would take a heart of stone to dislike it.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) probably wrote the Messe for Christmas 1694 - three hundred years ago! - using several French carols as its basis. Most of those carols are not well-known to us (although the first one used, 'Joseph est bien marié') is pretty familiar), but I can only imagine that for parishioners of the time the parade of beloved tunes made the mass a joy to hear. And it is possibly with that in mind that in this recording the Canadian choral group Aradia inserted into the 'Christe eleison' a substitution that would particularly have appealed to their Canadian audiences. What they did was take Charpentier's treatment of the French carol 'Une jeune pucelle' ('A Young Virgin') and replace the usual French words with a text from the Huron language ('Estennialon de tsonwe'), a version known in Canada simply as 'The Huron Carol.' What a delightful touch! It does not alter Charpentier's music, but it gives a regional cast to the performance that I found puzzling at first (particularly since Keith Anderson's booklet notes make absolutely no mention of the substitution) but then utterly charming. I gather there is a tradition of doing this sort of thing in this populist mass. The music of the mass itself is quintessentially French baroque: transparency, lots of dotted rhythms, homophonic textures mingling with limpid counterpoint and, most of all, a lack of stolidity so common to German baroque sacred music of the time. I can tell you that when the choir I belong to was first preparing it we broke down into giggles more than once. It's that light-hearted. I do not know any other recordings of the work and thus can make no comparisons; I see that it has been recorded by Les Arts Florissants and others. I will only say that I found this performance entirely satisfying.
Also included on the disc are the 'Te Deum' which is filled with ceremonial flourishes from trumpets and drums, and one of Charpentier's settings of the 'Dixit Dominus,' listed as H. 204. (The H. denotes the listing of Charpentier's works by the distinguished American musicologist, H. Wiley Hitchcock.) The performances are beguiling.
Aradia, a group of singers and period instrumentalists based in Toronto, specializes in early music and is under the expert direction of Kevin Mallon.
Recommended.
Scott Morrison
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Midnight Mass 25 Dec 2012
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Heard the mass on the radio and searched for it. Amazon had a version that is affordable and complete. Sets the season.
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