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Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble|Charpentier: Actéon, Orphée descendant aux enfers & La pierre philosophale

Charpentier: Actéon, Orphée descendant aux enfers & La pierre philosophale

Stephen Stubbs, Paul O'Dette, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier was neglected for centuries after his death, but by the late 20th century increased frequency of performances and recordings revealed him as one of the geniuses of the Baroque. He had a distinctive, individual voice and a gift for subtle emotional expression capable of evoking the most profound grief, as well as a loopy humor rarely associated with music of his era. Musical directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead the vocal and chamber ensembles of the Boston Early Music Festival in characteristically expert performances of Charpentier's 40-minute pastoral opera Actéon, the brief cantata Orphée descendant aux enfers, and incidental music for the play La Pierre Philisophale. The musically polished performances shimmer with life and dramatic urgency. The cast of young soloists sings Charpentier's graceful, yearning melodies with naturalness and a sure grasp of the middle Baroque French style. Their ornamentation sounds entirely spontaneous, as expressions of emotion rather than merely the fulfillment of a formulaic stylistic requirement. The singers are so consistently first-rate, singing with sweet tone, flawless intonation, and technical mastery, that it seems almost unfair to single any out for special commendation over the others. Tenors Aaron Sheehan and Jason McStoots and soprano Teresa Wakim shine in the most prominent roles. The sound of CPO's 2009 recording is clean, clear, and nicely present. This is an album that should interest any fans of Baroque vocal music.
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Charpentier: Actéon, Orphée descendant aux enfers & La pierre philosophale

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

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Actéon, H. 481 (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

1
Ouverture
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
00:03:04

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

2
Allens, marchons, courons, hâtons nos pas
Aaron Sheehan
00:01:56

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Aaron Sheehan, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

3
Déesse par qui ie respire
Aaron Sheehan
00:01:35

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Aaron Sheehan, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

4
Vos vceux sont exaucés, et par le doux murmure
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
00:01:43

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

5
Nymphes, retirons-nous
Teresa Wakim
00:04:40

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

6
Loin de ces lieux, tout cœur profane
Teresa Wakim
00:01:29

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist, MainArtist - Mireille Lebel, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

7
Ah! Qu'on évite de langueurs
Amanda Forsythe
00:03:25

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Amanda Forsythe, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

8
Amis, les ombres raccourcies
Aaron Sheehan
00:03:58

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Aaron Sheehan, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

9
Mais quel objet frappe ma vue?
Aaron Sheehan
00:02:46

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist - Aaron Sheehan, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

10
Vante-toi maintenant, profane
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
00:00:47

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

11
Mon cœur autrefois intrépide
Aaron Sheehan
00:01:23

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Aaron Sheehan, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

12
Plainte
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
00:04:15

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

13
Jamais troupe de chasseurs
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
00:01:44

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

14
Chasseurs, n'appelez plus qui ne vous peut entendre
Mireille Lebel
00:02:45

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Mireille Lebel, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

15
Hélos, est-il possible
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
00:05:23

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

Orphée descendant aux enfers, H. 471 (Excerpts) (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

16
Prélude
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
00:04:11

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

17
Effroyables enfers où je conduis mes pas
Jason McStoots
00:06:25

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Jason McStoots, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

18
Quelle douce harmonie a frappé mon oreille
Jason McStoots
00:01:00

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Douglas Williams, Artist - Jason McStoots, Artist, MainArtist - Aaron Sheehan, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

19
Vos plus grands criminels
Jason McStoots
00:03:37

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Jason McStoots, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

20
Ne cherchons plus d'où vient cette tendresse - Hélas, Rien n'est égal au bonheur des amants
Jason McStoots
00:02:20

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Douglas Williams, Artist - Jason McStoots, Artist, MainArtist - Aaron Sheehan, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

La pierre philosophale, H. 501 (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)

21
I. Les Sages, par un choix heureux
Teresa Wakim
00:01:32

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist, MainArtist - Lydia Brotherton, Artist - Zachary Wilder, Artist - Olivier Laquerre, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

22
II. Ce bel âge
Teresa Wakim
00:01:21

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

23
III. Je suis d'un élément léger
Zachary Wilder
00:02:21

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Zachary Wilder, Artist, MainArtist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

24
IV. Le spectacle est assez beau
Lydia Brotherton
00:00:46

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Lydia Brotherton, Artist, MainArtist - Olivier Laquerre, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

25
V. Les Sages, par un choix heureux
Teresa Wakim
00:01:27

Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Composer - Stephen Stubbs, Conductor - Paul O'Dette, Conductor - Teresa Wakim, Artist, MainArtist - Lydia Brotherton, Artist - Zachary Wilder, Artist - Olivier Laquerre, Artist - Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble - Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble

(C) 2010 CPO (P) 2010 CPO

Album review

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was neglected for centuries after his death, but by the late 20th century increased frequency of performances and recordings revealed him as one of the geniuses of the Baroque. He had a distinctive, individual voice and a gift for subtle emotional expression capable of evoking the most profound grief, as well as a loopy humor rarely associated with music of his era. Musical directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead the vocal and chamber ensembles of the Boston Early Music Festival in characteristically expert performances of Charpentier's 40-minute pastoral opera Actéon, the brief cantata Orphée descendant aux enfers, and incidental music for the play La Pierre Philisophale. The musically polished performances shimmer with life and dramatic urgency. The cast of young soloists sings Charpentier's graceful, yearning melodies with naturalness and a sure grasp of the middle Baroque French style. Their ornamentation sounds entirely spontaneous, as expressions of emotion rather than merely the fulfillment of a formulaic stylistic requirement. The singers are so consistently first-rate, singing with sweet tone, flawless intonation, and technical mastery, that it seems almost unfair to single any out for special commendation over the others. Tenors Aaron Sheehan and Jason McStoots and soprano Teresa Wakim shine in the most prominent roles. The sound of CPO's 2009 recording is clean, clear, and nicely present. This is an album that should interest any fans of Baroque vocal music.
© TiVo

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