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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 23 november 2018 | Erato

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 2 november 2018 | Ricercar

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - 5 étoiles de Classica
Given that he wrote about 115 operas (of which at least 70 have survived to this day), 800 cantatas of all kinds, shedloads of symphonies and serenades, and dozens of the most varied kinds of liturgical works, Alessandro Scarlatti remains under-played today. The album concentrates on a few of these innumerable cantatas which are almost all preserved in their original manuscript form and quite a few of which belong to the Arcadian genre. This is to say that they deal with the bucolic mythology of nymphs and shepherds from Arcadia (in the Peloponnese in Greece) developed during the Renaissance. Love, betrayal and reunions are all displayed here, some in solo cantatas – soprano or baritone – and other cantatas in dialogue for two voices. Some have nothing but a continuo for an accompaniment, others have two violins with continuo. Everything seems to indicate that at the time of writing these pieces were meant to entertain nobles in their palaces, especially during the many periods of the year when the Church forbade public performances. Without a doubt these pieces were played once or twice and then forgotten... And here they are, rescued from oblivion by the soprano Deborah Cachet and the baritone Nicolas Achten, who, as well as singing, conducts his ensemble Scherzi Musicali and plays the theorbo, the triple harp and the organ. © SM/Qobuz
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 9 september 2016 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 28 januari 2014 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 26 januari 2018 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica
The son of one of the Twenty-four Violins of the King, Nicolas Clérambault was born in Paris in 1676. He was a precocious child: he is credited with a large choral motet, composed when he was just thirteen years old. His education was provided by excellent masters and he was a close friend of Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers, whom he eventually replaced in 1714 at the tribune of Saint-Sulpice and the Maison Royale de Saint-Louis in Saint-Cyr. In addition to a book for harpsichord, and another for the organ, Clérambault composed numerous motets, but during his lifetime already, his French Cantatas were the works that solidified his reputation: five books featuring twenty cantatas in addition to five single cantatas. They highlight his evolution, from a craft similar to his masters of the 17th century to the pure, classical style that soon became his. Apollon, Cantatte sur la paix, à voix seule, et simphonie écrite pour le Roy (Apollo, Cantata for Peace, single voice, and Symphony written for the King) dates back to the very end of Louis XIV’s rule, which was marked by war and famine; in it, Clérambault glorifies the King, often portrayed as Apollo, while echoing the overall feeling among the population: peace! His 1710 cantata Le Jaloux (The Jealous) departs from the standard framework: no action, no lauding or flattery, simply a delicious tableau of jealousy! The album’s centrepiece remains 1713 Pyrame et Thisbé (Pyramus and Thisbe), derived from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Pyramus and Thisbe love each other, but their parents are opposed to their union. A beautiful instrumental prelude precedes the first recitative, which introduces and frames this tragedy. The melody closing the cantata is in a way the moral of the story. Between these two ends, Clérambault strings together recitatives, melodies, symphonies, as if in a lyric tragedy. The A Nocte Temporis ensemble – flute, violin, viola de gamba, harpsichord – accompany tenor Reinoud van Mechelen who performs these intense moments of great French classicism with perfect conviction and diction – crucial for this kind of textual works – while respecting the pronunciation specific to that era. For instance, “l’espoir de se revoir” turns into “l’espouêr de se revouêr”! © SM/Qobuz
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 april 2016 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 15 maart 2019 | Glossa

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
In a new recording of music by Alessandro Scarlatti, Josetxu Obregón’s La Ritirata parades its dazzling vocal and instrumental talents in presenting the four cantatas which involve recorders and violins, together with an additional standalone soprano aria, for a further Glossa Neapolitan-flavoured release. Drawn from his well over 800 secular cantatas these works combine fully-integrated, imaginative recitatives, expressive and dramatic arias and colourful and exacting instrumental sinfonias and ritornelli into elegant and compact wholes, and featuring poetic texts which typically followed the aspirations of the Accademia degli Arcadi literary circle initiated in Rome around the turn of the eighteenth century. The scene for Scarlatti’s prolific creativity is set by Stefano Russomanno in his booklet essay. The vocal duties are assigned to three leading interpreters of today, mezzo Giuseppina Bridelli, countertenor Filippo Mineccia and soprano Alicia Amo. Rising here to the instrumental challenges set by Scarlatti are long-standing members of La Ritirata, Tamar Lalo (recorder) and Hiro Kurosaki (violin), who are joined on their respective instruments by Michael Form and Pablo Prieto. With cellist Obregón, Lalo and Kurosaki had been the leading soloists for La Ritirata’s recent “Neapolitan Concertos for various instruments“ release. © Glossa
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 november 1993 | Chandos

Booklet Onderscheidingen The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 7 december 2018 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 26 mei 2014 | harmonia mundi

Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 september 2014 | naïve classique

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 5 november 2013 | Arcana

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Hi-Res Audio
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 23 maart 2015 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 september 2017 | CapriccioNR

Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
This is the three-part version of Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied that the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra brought us. It’s worth pointing out that the composer rearranged his piece many times. The original writing dates from 1880, when he was a proud twenty-year old; after a several refusals, he rewrote the partition in 1883 (considerably reducing the initial orchestral headcount which, admittedly, required titanic forces, and deleting the first act) then again in 1899, proof that he was holding it in some regard. It was only in 1901, when he was finally famous, that he managed to give this work in concert—but in the two-part version—, without much success, as it would seem. And yet, all of Mahler is already in this musical discourse and we shouldn’t be surprised to find many turns from this work in the symphonies and orchestral Lieder. The present recording offers a “hybrid” version, which is actually the most performed, that is to say: the first part Waldmärchen (Forest Legend) in the 1880 writing, then the two following parts Der Spielmann (The Minstrel) and Hochzeitsstück (Wedding Piece), in the 1899 rewriting. © Qobuz
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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 5 juli 2011 | Glossa

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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 22 maart 2004 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 25 juni 2013 | BIS

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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 mei 2000 | Chandos

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Cantates (wereldlijk) - Verschenen op 1 januari 1993 | Chandos