Charpentier, M-A: Concert pour quatre parties de violes H. 545
This page lists all recordings of Concert pour quatre parties de violes H. 545, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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Les Escapades du Roi
Plaisirs et intrigues à la cour de Versailles
Monika Mauch (soprano)
Viol Consort ‘Les Escapades’
An invitation to experience music played in the court of Versailles – for Louis XIV and his successors. An imaginary story gives it its framework: A young provincial beauty comes to the court, is presented to the King and becomes his favourite, falls into disgrace through the intrigues of her rivals, but finally retrieves her honour.
In general this CD follows the hypothetical idea that music is the mirror of daily life – and even of the Baroque concept of always looking for a hidden sense beneath the surface of a work of art.
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Le Concert des Violes
Ensemble Mare Nostrum, Andrea De Carlo
Whilst Italian composers had taken up the ‘modern’ form of the sonata and adapted it to the violin at the beginning of the 17th century, French composers remained faithful to the principles of polyphonic music with their fantaisies that were still intended for ensembles of viols; the role of the violin in France at that time was still limited to providing music for dancing. Such knowledge of polyphony was demanded not only from composers of vocal music but also from organists, one of whom was Louis Couperin and who was also dessus de viole de la chambre du Roi. Our recording comes to a fitting conclusion with the last French work to be written for ensemble of viols: Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Concert à quatre parties de violes.
“Only a tiny proportion of this repertoire has been recorded, so this wider survey from Ensemble Mare Nostrum is long overdue...The recording ends magnificently with Louis Couperin's rhetorically powerful five-part fantaisies, drawing from the musicians their best playing.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2010
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