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Cantatas (secular) - Released December 8, 1988 | harmonia mundi

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica
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Classical - Released August 28, 2020 | Naxos

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Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667–1737), a noted basse violon player in Paris, composed a small but exquisite body of innovative works in a variety of forms, including an opera-ballet. He was also an important figure in the composition of music for flute at a time when innovations in design brought it to prominence as a solo instrument. This album traces his earliest published pieces through to his mature works of the 1730s. They show how Montéclair’s use of vocalised writing, and his ornate and complex obbligati in the cantatas proved to be pivotal in the development of the transverse flute. © Naxos
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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Accent

Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Cantatas (secular) - Released August 2, 2011 | BIS

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Dynamic

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | CPO

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Cantatas (secular) - Released December 8, 1988 | harmonia mundi

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.