Michel Pignolet de Montéclair
Monteclair was a French composer, theorist and teacher. He, along with Fedeli, introduced the double bass to The Opera Monteclair. He was a distinguished teacher who held the belief that learning must be fun in order to be effective. He co-founded a music shop in Paris, which became the most successful of its time. Monteclair remained a bachelor throughout his life. He did not produce a great body of work, although he wrote for nearly every genre of the 18th century except keyboard. He was influential in the development of the composer Rameau and was known as one of the most eclectic composers of the generation preceeding Rameau. His stage works are characterized by very clear directions for instruments and singers, perhaps as a result of his desire to control the dramatic color of these elements. His theoretical works are concerned for the most part with the practical application of theory. His =Principes de musique= contains an important section of 18th-century French vocal ornamentation.
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Cantatas (secular) - Released December 8, 1988 | harmonia mundi
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Morality and passion, or the "cantate françoise". The cantata did not make its appearance in France until 1706, with Jean-Baptiste Morin. But the genre had already had a skilful precurseur in the person of Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, who did not wait for the 18th century before publishing (in 1695) a "scène avec récitatif". Midway between the classicism of the Grand Siècle of Louis XIV and the Italian model, the cantata was one of his favourite forms. This predominantly orchestral composer, who became famous with his opera Jephté — which made a deep impression on Rameau —, wrote no fewer than twenty-four cantatas of remarkable interest, five of which may be heard on this record.
Opera - Released March 6, 2020 | Glossa
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In Jephté by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, György Vashegyi directs – with style and energy – another riveting account of a neglected French Baroque opera. The work, based on the Biblical tale of a conquering general obliged, by a sacred vow, to sacrifice his own kin, became an immediate success in 1732, indeed a fixture in opera life in France, receiving over a hundred performances at the Opéra alone in the three decades following its première. Montéclair and his librettist Pellegrin were open to preparing revised versions of the opera and it is the third and conclusive edition which has been worked on by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and recorded by Vashegyi and his musicians. The central and demanding role of Iphise here is taken by Chantal Santon Jeffery, who is joined by Tassis Christoyannis as the unfortunate but successful-in-war title character, Judith van Wanroij as the bewildered but resolute mother and Thomas Dolié as the relayer of divine messages, Phinée. There is an imaginative and individual flair to Montéclair’s music, nurtured by his extensive orchestral pit experience at the Paris Opéra – and Jephté is a work of his maturity. As well as the tautness of the third edition, the fruits of all this experience are to be heard here with the Orfeo Orchestra showing its paces in zesty airs, minuets, marches and a chaconne, but also with a musettetinged pastoral celebration – this last also allows the Purcell Choir opportunities to excel; elsewhere, the choir is called on variously to represent warriors, Israelites, and companions of Iphise. © Glossa