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Reinoud Van Mechelen|Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau

Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau

Reinoud Van Mechelen and A Nocte Temporis

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The haute-contre voice has these days faded from general musicological discussion to such a degree that it doesn’t even get an entry in the big-name music dictionary sitting on this particular critic’s shelf. Yet in the French Baroque and Classical period, from Lully and Rameau to Gluck, this high tenor voice – sitting in the alto range, but unlike the countertenor voice appearing to have been achieved largely without employing falsetto – was the one for which many of the leading heroic and amatory roles were penned, and could perhaps be seen as an important stepping stone towards the tenor voice eventually pinching the lead roles being from countertenors. All of which makes tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen’s “Haute-Contre Trilogy” a fascinating addition to the catalogue.

This second volume of the trilogy (following a first devoted to Louis Gaulard Dumesny, for whom Lully created many of his main roles) sees him and his ensemble turn their attentions to Rameau’s favourite singer, Pierre de Jéliote (1713-1797), who made his sung stage debut in 1733 at the Concert Spirituel, before retiring from singing in 1765 to instead join the King’s Orchestra as a violinist and guitarist. Repertoire-wise, there’s all sorts to enjoy. Inevitably, Rameau’s operas feature strongly, with offerings from Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux, Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Fêtes d’Hébé and Platée.

However we’ve very much been given the full 360-degree tour of de Jéliote’s landscape, with Dauvergne, Colin de Blamont, Mondonville, Rebel and Francoeur also on the bill. Van Mechelen himself is clear-toned and agile, bringing gentle poetry to the clearly amatory airs; and while it’s a light voice, it’s not without its power when he chooses, and you’ll by turns hear it all across Rebel’s multi-faceted Muses, je viens encor. That particular air equally showcases the sensitive, crisply light and fleet-footed support from A Nocte Temporis, with some especially enjoyable woodwind playing, across both their tutti and chamber-textured moments; and indeed the icing on the programming cake overall are the solo ensemble moments punctuating the album at regular intervals – not least the overture to Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie with which it begins. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau

Reinoud Van Mechelen

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Hippolyte et Aricie (Jean-Philippe Rameau)

1
Ouverture
00:02:03

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Countertenor - A Nocte Temporis, Ensemble - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

2
Air. "Plaisirs, doux vainqueurs"
00:03:56

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Countertenor - A Nocte Temporis, Ensemble - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

Les fêtes grecques et romaines (François Colin de Blamont)

3
Air. pur les coureurs "Le prix que la gloire présente"
00:04:37

Reinoud Van Mechelen, Countertenor - A Nocte Temporis, Ensemble - François Colin de Blamont, Composer - Jean-Louis Fuzelier, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

4
Scandeberg: Air. "Muses, je viens encor"
00:06:29

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - François Rebel, Composer - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Jean-Louis-Ignace de La Serre, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

5
Nitétis: Air. "Fleuve fécond"
00:02:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Charles-Louis Mion, Composer - Jean-Louis-Ignace de La Serre, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

6
Dardanus, RCT 35: Air. "Lieux funestes"
00:04:47

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruere, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

7
Platée, RCT 53: Ouverture
00:02:20

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

8
Platée, RCT 53: Air. "Que ce séjour est agréable"
00:03:46

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Jacques Autreau, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

9
Platée, RCT 53: Marche pour la danse
00:01:24

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

10
Zelisca: Air. "Ici les ris et les jeux"
00:04:26

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Pierre de Jéliote, Composer - Jean Baptiste Delanoue, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

11
Le temple de la gloire, RCT 59: Air. "Ces oiseaux par leur doux ramage"
00:04:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Voltaire, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

12
Scylla et Glaucus: Symphonie pour la descente de Vénus
00:02:15

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Marie Leclair, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

13
Les amours de Tempé: Air. "Prés fleuris"
00:02:58

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Louis de Cahusac, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

14
Les amours de Tempé: Musette en rondeau - 1er et 2ème rigaudon
00:03:20

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Antoine Dauvergne, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

15
Castor et Pollux, RCT 32: Air. "Séjour de l'éternelle paix"
00:03:42

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Pierre-Joseph Bernard, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

16
Daphnis et Alcimadure, Op. 9: Air. "Hélas ! Qui me raméno"
00:02:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondoville, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

17
Daphnis et Alcimadure, Op. 9: Menuet
00:01:07

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondoville, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

18
Daphnis et Alcimadure, Op. 9: "Poulido pastourélo" / Air du pays
00:03:06

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondoville, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

19
Erosine: Air. "Ce n'est pas un crime en aimant"
00:02:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Pierre-Montan Berton, Composer - François-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

20
Ismène et Isménias: Air. "Pourquoi cruel amour"
00:03:49

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Pierre Laujon, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, Composer

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

21
Les Boréades, RCT 31: Air. "Charmes trop dangereux"
00:02:39

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Louis de Cahusac, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

22
Les Boréades, RCT 31: Rigaudon
00:00:33

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

23
Les Boréades, RCT 31: Entrée des muses
00:05:07

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

24
Les Boréades, RCT 31: Air. "Que l'amour embellit la vie"
00:05:44

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Louis de Cahusac, Lyricist - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

25
Hippolyte et Aricie, RCT 43: Entrée des habitants de la forêt
00:02:17

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

26
Les fêtes d'Hébé, RCT 41: Air. "L'objet qui règne dans mon âme"
00:05:36

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer - Reinoud Van Mechelen, MainArtist - A Nocte Temporis, MainArtist - Antoine-César Gautier de Montdorge, Lyricist

2021 Alpha Clasics / Outhere Music France 2021 Alpha Classics / Outhere Muisc France & A Nocte Temporis

Album Description

The haute-contre voice has these days faded from general musicological discussion to such a degree that it doesn’t even get an entry in the big-name music dictionary sitting on this particular critic’s shelf. Yet in the French Baroque and Classical period, from Lully and Rameau to Gluck, this high tenor voice – sitting in the alto range, but unlike the countertenor voice appearing to have been achieved largely without employing falsetto – was the one for which many of the leading heroic and amatory roles were penned, and could perhaps be seen as an important stepping stone towards the tenor voice eventually pinching the lead roles being from countertenors. All of which makes tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen’s “Haute-Contre Trilogy” a fascinating addition to the catalogue.

This second volume of the trilogy (following a first devoted to Louis Gaulard Dumesny, for whom Lully created many of his main roles) sees him and his ensemble turn their attentions to Rameau’s favourite singer, Pierre de Jéliote (1713-1797), who made his sung stage debut in 1733 at the Concert Spirituel, before retiring from singing in 1765 to instead join the King’s Orchestra as a violinist and guitarist. Repertoire-wise, there’s all sorts to enjoy. Inevitably, Rameau’s operas feature strongly, with offerings from Les Boréades, Castor et Pollux, Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Fêtes d’Hébé and Platée.

However we’ve very much been given the full 360-degree tour of de Jéliote’s landscape, with Dauvergne, Colin de Blamont, Mondonville, Rebel and Francoeur also on the bill. Van Mechelen himself is clear-toned and agile, bringing gentle poetry to the clearly amatory airs; and while it’s a light voice, it’s not without its power when he chooses, and you’ll by turns hear it all across Rebel’s multi-faceted Muses, je viens encor. That particular air equally showcases the sensitive, crisply light and fleet-footed support from A Nocte Temporis, with some especially enjoyable woodwind playing, across both their tutti and chamber-textured moments; and indeed the icing on the programming cake overall are the solo ensemble moments punctuating the album at regular intervals – not least the overture to Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie with which it begins. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

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