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Charpentier: NoŽls & Christmas Motets [CD]

Marc-Antoine Charpentier , Kevin Mallon , Aradia Ensemble Audio CD

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Listen  1. Messe de minuit pour Noel, H. 9: Noel: A minuit fut fait un reveil, H. 9Kevin Mallon 6:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 3 Noels, H. 531: Noel: A la venue de Noel, H. 531Kevin Mallon 1:23£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Ou s'en vont ces gais bergers?, H. 534Christopher Dawes 1:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Joseph est bien marie (I orch. II org.), H. 534Kevin Mallon 5:32£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 314, "Quem vidistis pastores": In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 314Kevin Mallon 4:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Or nous dites Marie, H.534Christopher Dawes 7:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Vous qui desirez sans fin, H. 534Kevin Mallon 2:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: O Createur, H. 531Kevin Mallon 2:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Canticum in nativitatem Domini, H. 393Kevin Mallon 8:42Album Only
Listen10. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Laissez paistre vos betes. H. 534Kevin Mallon 2:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Une jeune pucelle (I soloist, II orch III org), H. 534Kevin Mallon 4:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Noels sur les instruments, H. 534: Noel: Les bourgeois de Chatres, H. 534Kevin Mallon 2:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416, "Usquequo avertis faciem tuam Domine": Chanson, from In nativitatem Domini canticum, H. 416Christopher Dawes 2:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. In nativitatem D(omini) N(ostri) J(esu) C(hristi), H. 414, "Frigidae noctis umbra": In nativitatem D(omini) N(ostri) J(esu) C(hristi), H. 414Christopher Dawes16:13Album Only

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The French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier wrote a large amount of church music, including 34 oratorios, six setting text from Luke's Gospel in celebration of Christmas. Besides these were several Christmas motets, three of which are featured here, together with a chanson from a fourth and 10 noëls. The music spans approximately a decade from the early 1670s. The most extensive work is In Nativitatem Domini, effectively an oratorio itself, a sophisticated representation of the Nativity story with chorus, sopranos and baritone solos. The remaining motets are miniature gems, while the noëls are instrumental arrangements of traditional carols. Such arrangements were popular in Charpentier's time, though as the composer himself reworked some of the pieces into vocal forms in his Angus Dei and Messe de Minuit, the Aradia Ensemble has restored the original texts to certain pieces, making this concert an imaginative reconstruction of a Christmas long past. Mixing baroque dance music with, lavish arrangements on period instruments and fine choral and solo singing, this seasonal celebration is as delightful as it is unexpected. Full texts and notes are provided. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Christopher Dawes, orgue

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Danger Will Robinson, Danger... 20 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This disc is well recorded and well played but it is not Charpentier. Rather, it is a disc of arrangements of Charpentier done by Kevin Mallon of the Aradia Ensemble. The Aradia Ensemble is a period instrument group, so one expects authenticity. One does not find it, however.
What I find most troubling is that Naxos did not feel the need to inform its potential consumers (somewhere on the outside of the package) that these discs are inauthentic adaptations. All they would have needed to do is list the composer as Charpentier-Mallon or to note that Mallon arranged and adapted these pieces adding new instrumentation and, in some instances, expanding the texts.
Why do record companies continue to issue product in this way? Not only is it historically perverse, it is unethical. Anyway, what I have learned from all this is that you stay with those who brought you, at least in this repertoire. In other words, stay away from the nouveau Stokowskian perversions of Mallon and stick with Christie and Minkowski.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really deserves a rating better than listed by one reviewer only! 15 Dec 2007
By Giradman - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, this is a delightful listening at the holiday season - the voices (both solo & together) are well recorded, as are the period instruments. The liner notes explain the changes made explicitly - I guess this does not really upset me as much as the one other 'poor' (and unjustified) review of this recording. Baroque music is often left open to interpretation, embellishments, etc., esp. w/ borrowings from other literary sources or in the use of carols (noels). Below is another review found elsewhere which simply confirms my own thoughts - take a chance, this is still lovely music which is very well done, and at a Naxos price!

"For early music lovers, this is a delightful collection of Christmas motets and arrangements of popular French carols played on period instruments, performed with distinction by the Canadian Aradia Ensemble under the direction of Kevin Mallon. The solo singing is uniformly strong, and the recorded sound in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto, is atmospheric but not overly reverberant. And at the Naxos bargain basement prices, this is hard to resist."
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 30 Nov 2008
By lutefan - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this disc to be unexpectedly delightful. The music is full of charming tunes and the adaptations are tastefully done--Charpentier would doubtless have approved. (As another review has noted, the changes the ensemble has made are in fact mentioned in the liner notes). It's also very well recorded--not always the case with Naxos. The Aradia Ensemble came out with a second disc of Charpentier Christmas music (http://www.amazon.com/Noels-Christmas-Motets-Vol-2/dp/B00006L3VT/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1228085618&sr=1-4), which is good, but if you have a choice buy this one, vol. 1.
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