Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released October 14, 2016 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama
Since the dawn of Christianity, Christmas has been celebrated with festive singing. In the Baroque era numerous composers such as Charpentier, Delalande, Balbastre, Dandrieu and Daquin created masterpieces out of these simple tunes. When Sofi Jeannin told me of her wish to get her ‘Maîtrise’ choir to sing Christmas music, I was delighted. For a long time I had been gathering French sources of the 17th and 18th centuries with the intention of working on baroque carol arrangements with Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien. I wanted to create something quite different from what had been done before, by treating this repertoire with proper respect: being faithful to the old sources, yet re-working the musical material to make our own personal version. The different languages, regional dialects and accents illustrate the extraordinary diversity and cultural richness of France – as well as of ‘New France’ – at that historical period.

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released June 10, 2015 | INA Mémoire vive

Distinctions 4F de Télérama
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released October 6, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 26, 2013 | naïve classique

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This lovely release presents some little-known works by Leos Janácek, whose known oeuvre grows more impressive with each passing year. The title Brumes d'enfance (Mists of Childhood) is not the name of a work (although one short piano suite is called "In the Mists"), nor even a general mood title, but rather a thematic indicator: most of the music involves childhood in one way or another. One wishes for more recitals of this kind, combining works for various forces in a single idea, and the format would have been familiar to Janácek's own audiences. The ingenious little Rikadla (Nursery Rhymes) of 1926 are settings of children's verses that appeared in a Czech newspaper. The Elegie na Smrt Dcery Olgy (Elegy on the Death of My Daughter Olga) carries the emotional weight of the program: two of the composer's children died before reaching adulthood. Several of the works are from Janácek's own youth, and although they don't specifically treat childhood they are choral works rooted in folk song and storytelling. The French chorus Accentus, known for its virtuoso vocal arrangements of instrumental repertory, applies its celestial sound effectively to more down-to-earth stuff. These early works are particularly interesting: they sounded little like Dvorák's interpretation of musical folklore, which would have been Janácek's model at the time, and instead have a dramatic conception that points the way toward Janácek's own operas. The only work that doesn't readily fit the theme of childhoood is the impressionistic little piano suite V Mlhách (In the Mists), but it's clear why it was included: it seems to fit spiritually with the rest of the music, which shows a more lyrical side of this great composer. The entire album reflects his distinctive voice, and it is highly recommended indeed.

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released June 19, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Choc de Classica
Did Michelangelo Rossi (1601-1656) know Gesualdo's madrigals? One might well ask how much the composer-murderer influenced Rossi, who also pushed chromatism, dissonance, and wild modulations to the limit: a kind of musical mannerism which could be mistaken for the work of a 21st-century composer who had turned their hand to old-style madrigals using avant-garde composing techniques. Once again, it's the Huelgas Ensemble who bring us this beautiful handful of exceptional madrigals, recorded in public concert – it's a testament to the quality of the ensemble that we don't hear a single bum note, a real tour de force. The selection takes in some of the most excessive pieces in terms of deviant harmonies, outlaw dissonances, and all manner of delicious and stupefying incongruities. Frankly, it would be no exaggeration to say that Rossi is the worthy heir and equal of Gesualdo. But note: don't confuse this Rossi with Salomone Rossi or Luigi Rossi, both from the same baroque era, and absolutely not with one Tino… © SM/Qobuz

Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released April 14, 2009 | Troba Vox

Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 4 étoiles de Classica
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