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Classical - Released March 29, 2019 | L'Encelade

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Following their first recording of music by Giovanni Bassano, The Guild of Mercenaries, led by Adrien Mabire, are back with a virtuoso programme of 17thcentury Venetian music. Voices and instruments converse with the Renaissance organ of Saint-Amant de Boixe, bringing the golden age of the Basilica of San Marco back to life! © L'Encelade
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Classical - Released January 25, 2019 | L'Encelade

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The mythological world of antiquity has fascinated us for millennia without pause, and its densely woven tales of gods, goddesses, legendary creatures and mortals continues to entreat us to this day. It is ultimately for the reader to decide whether these myths provide explanations for the incomprehensible, offer allegories of our human experience, or are simply just fascinating tales. This recording gathers baroque program music together in which each work recounts a tale from the world of mythology. The broad sonic spectrum able to be elicited from the marvelous harpsichord made by Pascal Taskin is commensurate with the varied abundance of mythological creations depicted in this program’s collection. Form, musical structure and narrative style are also multifaceted herein, from works that best seem to resemble landscape portraits to dramatic opera scenes in miniature. The range of composers included begins nearly at the inception of French harpsichord artistry and ends near its swansong: from d’Anglebert’s arrangements of Jean-Baptiste Lully’s compositions (the latter is credited with having “discovered” French baroque music), to towering harpsichord greats such as François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, further still with the singer, opera composer and keyboard virtuoso Pancrace Royer, and ending with Jacques Duphly. The latter’s music represents a final culmination before the abrupt break made by the French Revolution; indeed, Duphly’s death on the day after the storming of the Bastille tragically emblemizes the loss of significance of the harpsichord, which would become recognized as a symbol of the Ancien Regime. […] With their special sound characteristics, historical instruments can approach an almost mystical, even mythical aura. The Taskin harpsichord in Hamburg is an unbelievably colorful and beautifully sounding example; it is in every regard a unique instrument that I found richly rewarding as a player. When deciding to record upon such an instrument, one accepts small technical or mechanical imperfections as a precondition. © Anne Marie Dragosits/L'Encelade
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Classical - Released October 19, 2018 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released May 6, 2018 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released April 13, 2018 | L'Encelade

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For the benefit of those listeners who think that one harpsichord is pretty much like another, and that they all sound the same, we strongly recommend this album from Marouan Mankar-Bennis – a follower of Olivier Beaumont, Bob van Asperen and Pierre Hantaï, and who is now performing with Vincent Dumestre and his Poème Harmonique, amongst many other projects – which is dedicated to Jean-François Dandrieu (1682 - 1738). This is an imaginary suite, concocted by Mankar-Bennis and based on the four Livres for harpsichord, respectively published in 1705 ("Livre de jeunesse"), 1724 ("Premier livre"), 1728 and 1734, whose individual movements he has arranged into a great fresco, in the manner of a lyrical tragedy à la Lully: aPrologue of five pieces form a suite, and then five acts, each considered like a suite in its own right. The richness of the instruments here is extraordinary – they were picked out personally by Mankar-Bennis, of course – a copy of a Flemish harpsichord from the 17th century made by Joannes Couche, and a copy of a French instrument from the mid-18th century. By playing with the registers and the lute stops (the entire Prologue is played on the lute stops, although a listener would hardly expect that that's the only string to that particular bow), he draws out an incredible richness from his instruments, running from cannon blasts on Caractères de la guerre played "with the flat of the hand" as per Dandrieu's instructions (an ancestor to the cluster, then), to the songbird chirruping of the harpsichord's upper range on Le Concert des oiseaux, a foretaste of Messiaen if ever there was one. This is one for anyone not yet sold on the harpsichord...© SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released February 8, 2018 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released January 19, 2018 | L'Encelade

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Chamber Music - Released October 13, 2017 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released May 12, 2017 | L'Encelade

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Throughout this first album, harpsichordist Yannn Moulin (a disciple of Olivier Beaumont, Kenneth Weiss, Pierre Hantaï, Skip Sempé and Blandine Verlet - a group with a range of knowledge and experience of immense breadth and depth), offers us the chance to discover the richness and diversity of the languages that Frescobaldi mastered over the course of his life's work. He has chosen two quite different instruments: a harpsichord inspired by the Italian design, created by Philippe Humeau in 2012, and a virginal from Jean-François Brun, a direct copy of an unsigned Italian instrument from 1626. In terms of the Humeau harpsichord, the manufacturer himself explains that this is by no means a simple copy, but a wholly modern work, a sort of pure extrapolation, based on some typically Italian traditions but above all a work of his own imagination - fed by forty years of experience in the field! In this extravagant music, light and dark alternate, with lively and cheery dances, while the composer is developing an ever-more chromatic, ever-more dissonant language, with an evocative power which keeps the listener hooked, as they lose themselves in harmonic meanders which are full of surprises for contemporary Romans, Tuscans and Florentines. Yoann Moulin's performance does full justice to this feast. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released October 14, 2016 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released February 12, 2016 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released November 15, 2015 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released September 15, 2015 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released November 1, 2011 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released January 20, 2014 | L'Encelade

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Classical - Released October 20, 2014 | L'Encelade

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