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Prague Chamber Orchestra|Carmen Saeculare

Carmen Saeculare

François-André Danican Philidor

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Like Chevalier de Saint-Georges, François-André Danican Philidor gained fame both as a composer and a sportsman. In addition to his facility as a composer of opera and as a pioneer in the field of opéra-comique, Philidor was the most famous chess master of his era, celebrated for his ability to win games while blindfolded. While this has kept Philidor's great chess playing manual Analyse du jeu des échecs in print for more than two and a half centuries, very little of his music has been recorded. This is due to the fact that, outside of his operas, not much of it survives -- not a single one of his sacred compositions has come down to us, and his set of six quartets, L'art de la modulation (1755), appears to be Philidor's only contribution to instrumental music. Nevertheless, this Naxos issue of Philidor's big secular oratorio Carmen Saeculare is the second recording made of this work, and it is interesting to note that the same conductor, noted early music specialist Jean-Claude Malgoire, leads both recordings. As the first one was made for the "Musifrance" imprint belonging to the long-gone French Erato label, Malgoire is in little danger of competing with himself in this work; he was probably happy to have a second chance at it, this time with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, its chorus, and four vocal soloists. As the work runs a little over single-CD length, Naxos has stretched it out by adding three of Philidor's overtures with the Prague Chamber Orchestra under Christian Benda. Of the three overtures included, "Le sorcier" is the most effective; Philidor introduces a half-time fragment of a rhythmic idea drawn from the opening figure and includes it within the main theme; a highly unusual and arresting effect. Carmen Saeculare contains many interesting musical features despite its hopelessly pompous libretto, compiled from Odes of Horace by Italian critic, literary gadfly, and murder suspect Giuseppe Baretti. Ostensibly, Carmen Saeculare is about an assembly in ancient times to venerate an Olympics-styled ceremony lasting three days; however, the text winds up being a laundry list of invocations to various Greek and Roman gods, celebrating their sometimes rather bloodthirsty deeds. Thanks to Philidor's music, such unpromising material does wind up being rather dramatically satisfying, but all of that excitement comes from the music, not the tale told. Philidor makes wonderful use of musical text painting, evoking the sunrise in an effective bass solo invoking Apollo, and there is a sneaky, mysterious minor-key set piece between soloists and chorus in the second part that evokes masked marauders in late-night, seventeenth century London streets -- the kind of predator that Baretti is said to have killed in defending himself. The recordings of Philidor's overtures, conducted by Benda, are crisp, up front, and very clear. Carmen Saeculare, being an older recording (from 1998), is a little less focused and more distant, but adequate. Musically, there is nothing in Philidor that is comparable to Mozart or Haydn; though the string parts are appropriately galant in slow movements and brisk in fast movements, the handling of winds is reminiscent of Handel -- stylistically Philidor is what Rameau may have sounded like if he had composed Classical music instead of in a Baroque style. As such, Philidor represents an earlier generation of musician than that exemplified by the First Viennese School. If such rare, exploratory, and unfamiliar Classical era music is of appeal to you, then Naxos' Philidor: Carmen Saeculare is definitely something to investigate.
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Le marechal ferrant, Overture, "Symphony No. 27 in G Major"

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I. Allegro
Prague Chamber Orchestra
00:05:48

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christian Benda, Conductor - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

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II. Andante con spirito
Prague Chamber Orchestra
00:03:42

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christian Benda, Conductor - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

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III. Presto
Prague Chamber Orchestra
00:03:19

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christian Benda, Conductor - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Carmen Saeculare

4
Ouverture
Veronica Cangemi
00:04:24

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

5
Prologue: Odi profanum vulgus (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:01:15

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

6
Pt. I: Spiritum Phoebus mihi (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:02

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

7
Pt. I: Deliae tutela Deae fugaces (tenor, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:00:50

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

8
Pt. I: Nupta iam dices (tenor, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:29

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

9
Pt. II: Dive, quem proles Niobea magnae (chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:05:01

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

10
Pt. II: Ceteris maior, tibi miles impar (bass)
Veronica Cangemi
00:00:58

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

11
Pt. II: Ille, mordaci velu icta ferro (bass, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:57

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

12
Pt. II: Ni tuis flexus Venerisque gratae (soprano)
Veronica Cangemi
00:04:39

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

13
Pt. II: Doctor argutae fidicen Thaliae (chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:30

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

14
Pt. III: Dianam tenerae dicite virgines (soprano, mezzo-soprano)
Veronica Cangemi
00:05:13

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

15
Pt. III: Vos laetam fluviis et nemorum coma (tenor, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:04:27

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

16
Pt. III: Hic bellum lacrimosum (soloists, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:00

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

DISCO 2

1
Pt. IV: Phoebe silvarumque potens Diana (soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:42

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

2
Pt. IV: Alme Sol, curru nitido diem (bass, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:59

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

3
Pt. IV: Rite maturos aperire partus (soprano)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:46

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

4
Pt. IV: Certus undenos decies per annos (chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:59

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

5
Pt. IV: Vosque veraces cecinisse, Parcae (bass)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:08

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

6
Pt. IV: Fertilis frugum pecorisque Tellus (soprano, mezzo-soprano, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:10

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

7
Pt. IV: Conditio mitis placidusque (soloists, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:27

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

8
Pt. IV: Roma si vestrum est opus (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:01:23

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

9
Pt. IV: Di probos mores docili iuventae (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:40

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

10
Pt. IV: Quaeque vos bobus veneratur albis (bass, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:03:25

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

11
Pt. IV: Iam mari terraque manus potentes (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:00:36

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

12
Pt. IV: Iam Fides et Pax et Honos Pudorque (tenor)
Veronica Cangemi
00:01:24

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

13
Pt. IV: Augur et fulgente decorus arcu (mezzo-soprano)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:34

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

14
Pt. IV: Quaeque Aventinum tenet Algidumque (soloists)
Veronica Cangemi
00:02:19

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

15
Pt. IV: Haec Iovem sentire Deosque cunctos (soloists, chorus)
Veronica Cangemi
00:01:55

Antonio Abete, Artist - Donald Litaker, Artist - Jean-Claude Malgoire, Conductor - Veronica Cangemi, Artist, MainArtist - Nora Gubisch, Artist - Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Choir - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer - Orchestra della Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Le Sorcier

16
Overture
Prague Chamber Orchestra
00:08:48

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christian Benda, Conductor - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Tom Jones

17
Overture
Prague Chamber Orchestra
00:07:51

Prague Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Christian Benda, Conductor - Francois-Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

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Like Chevalier de Saint-Georges, François-André Danican Philidor gained fame both as a composer and a sportsman. In addition to his facility as a composer of opera and as a pioneer in the field of opéra-comique, Philidor was the most famous chess master of his era, celebrated for his ability to win games while blindfolded. While this has kept Philidor's great chess playing manual Analyse du jeu des échecs in print for more than two and a half centuries, very little of his music has been recorded. This is due to the fact that, outside of his operas, not much of it survives -- not a single one of his sacred compositions has come down to us, and his set of six quartets, L'art de la modulation (1755), appears to be Philidor's only contribution to instrumental music. Nevertheless, this Naxos issue of Philidor's big secular oratorio Carmen Saeculare is the second recording made of this work, and it is interesting to note that the same conductor, noted early music specialist Jean-Claude Malgoire, leads both recordings. As the first one was made for the "Musifrance" imprint belonging to the long-gone French Erato label, Malgoire is in little danger of competing with himself in this work; he was probably happy to have a second chance at it, this time with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, its chorus, and four vocal soloists. As the work runs a little over single-CD length, Naxos has stretched it out by adding three of Philidor's overtures with the Prague Chamber Orchestra under Christian Benda. Of the three overtures included, "Le sorcier" is the most effective; Philidor introduces a half-time fragment of a rhythmic idea drawn from the opening figure and includes it within the main theme; a highly unusual and arresting effect. Carmen Saeculare contains many interesting musical features despite its hopelessly pompous libretto, compiled from Odes of Horace by Italian critic, literary gadfly, and murder suspect Giuseppe Baretti. Ostensibly, Carmen Saeculare is about an assembly in ancient times to venerate an Olympics-styled ceremony lasting three days; however, the text winds up being a laundry list of invocations to various Greek and Roman gods, celebrating their sometimes rather bloodthirsty deeds. Thanks to Philidor's music, such unpromising material does wind up being rather dramatically satisfying, but all of that excitement comes from the music, not the tale told. Philidor makes wonderful use of musical text painting, evoking the sunrise in an effective bass solo invoking Apollo, and there is a sneaky, mysterious minor-key set piece between soloists and chorus in the second part that evokes masked marauders in late-night, seventeenth century London streets -- the kind of predator that Baretti is said to have killed in defending himself. The recordings of Philidor's overtures, conducted by Benda, are crisp, up front, and very clear. Carmen Saeculare, being an older recording (from 1998), is a little less focused and more distant, but adequate. Musically, there is nothing in Philidor that is comparable to Mozart or Haydn; though the string parts are appropriately galant in slow movements and brisk in fast movements, the handling of winds is reminiscent of Handel -- stylistically Philidor is what Rameau may have sounded like if he had composed Classical music instead of in a Baroque style. As such, Philidor represents an earlier generation of musician than that exemplified by the First Viennese School. If such rare, exploratory, and unfamiliar Classical era music is of appeal to you, then Naxos' Philidor: Carmen Saeculare is definitely something to investigate.
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