- Conductor: William Christie
- Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
- Audio CD (25 Oct. 2004)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: ERATO
- ASIN: B0002ZBSGS
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Box set
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This enticing set showcases the music of the French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) through works ranging from tuneful airs and chansons to the delightful Messe de minuit to his brilliant opera La descente d’Orphée aux enfers .
The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned and respected early music groups. Dedicated to the performance of Baroque Music on original instruments, the ensemble was founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie
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If you are unfamiliar with Marc-Antoine Charpentier, he was probably the greatest of the French Baroque composers. Jean-Baptiste Lully was his rival and had all the appointments and privileges given to him by the King that Charpentier lacked, so Charpentier was obliged to compose for musical genres that Lully would not or could not forbid. These genres included instrumental chamber music and religious solo and choral music. Charpentier's sole opera, Médée, is a masterpiece and better than any of Lully's many operas, but Charpentier was only able to compose one because of Lully's rivalry. The two best recordings of Médée are in fact both conducted by... William Christie! If you enjoy Baroque music, you will certainly enjoy this 4-CD box set and the opera, too, if you choose to buy it also. I highly recommend both.
The recordings are very good,
and the price is a bargain.
If you don't know the music of Charpentier,
you'll not find a better set to acquaint yourself with it.
If you know his music, you certainly know that you should buy it.
I do not feel qualified to review the performances.
Most of this is new to me; I do love the set.
In the past, have found that boxed sets of re-issues like this (as I think this is)
contain abbreviated booklets without texts.
These booklets were great, with texts in French, German, English, Italian where appropriate.
I appreciate that when I am learning new music.