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Charpentier: Te Deum / Messe de Minuit de NoŽl

Marc-Antoine Charpentier , Philip Ledger , David Willcocks , Academy of St. Martin in the Fields , English Chamber Orchestra , King's College Choir Audio CD
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  • Performer: King's College Choir
  • Orchestra: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Philip Ledger, David Willcocks
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005NPJ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 1. Prťlude
2. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 2. Te Deum laudamus
3. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 3. Te aeternum Patrem
4. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 4. Pleni sunt coeli et terra
5. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 5. Te per orbem terrarum
6. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 6. Tu devicto mortis aculeo
7. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 7. Judex crederis
8. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 8. Te ergo quaesumus
9. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 9. Aeterna fac cum sanctis
10. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 10. Dignare Domine
11. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 11. Fiat misericordia
12. Te Deum, motet for 8 voices, chorus & orchestra, H. 146: 12. In te Domine speravi
13. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 1. Kyrie
14. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 2. Gloria
15. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 3. Credo
16. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 4. Offertoire
17. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 5. Sanctus
18. Messe de minuit, for 5 voices, chorus, instruments & continuo, H. 9: 6. Agnus Dei

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5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan April 28, 2007
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MARC-ANTOINE: 'OF YOU I AM FOND!'

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704) was the most distinguished French religious composer of his era. His output includes eleven Masses and numerous motets, psalms and oratorios, many of them extended works rich in texture, color and harmony, and contrpuntally resourceful.

Melodically he derived a distinctive style, imposing French embelishments and phrase structure on a basically Italian idiom. His 30 or so theater pieces reveal wit and facility. However, he is still in danger of being known for only one or two works, the famous 'Te Deum in D ' and the delightful 'Messe de Minuit' which are the selections on this disc.

The date of the 'Te Deum' is not clear, but most likely it was written for the celebrations of the French victory at Steinkerque in 1692. Thus the adding of trumpets and drums to the usual orchestra of woodwind, strings and organ; choir and soloists to denote a joyous occasion. The more intimate 'Messe de Minuit' is scored simply for strings and organ and flutes. This Midnight Mass was composed for performance on Christmas Eve and is actually based on old French carols which is no doubt responsible for creating a composition of charm and enchantment, and that it is.

This recording has two different dates and conductors that are 10 years apart. The 'Te Deum' was recorded in 1978 under the leadership of Sir Philip Ledger with soloists: Felicity Lott (soprano), Eiddwen Harrhy (soprano), Charles Brett (alto), Ian Partridge (tenor, par excellence!), Stephen Roberts (bass). The 'Minuit' was recorded in 1967 under the direction of Sir David Willcocks with soloists: April Cantelo (soprano), Helen Gelmar (soprano), James Bowman (alto), Christopher Keyte (bass).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choral masterpiece of baroque music January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've known about the Charpentier Te Deum since I bought an old vinyl copy in the mid 1960s when I was a college student. This Te Deum is one of the towering masterpieces of the baroque. It is energetic, colorful and filled with the lavish orchestration Charpentier is known for. I have in my collection around 10 Te Deums by baroque composers, and the Charpentier has always been my favorite. The recording here is excellent, and the fine ensemble led by Christopher Keyte is right on with the pacing. A superb masterpiece -- well done by all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great rendering of Baroque French choral music October 3, 2013
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I've always enjoyed music from the French Baroque, and this performance of these two choral works has all the needed pipes and panache. It isn't at all the newer "historically informed performance" style, but rather the grand old manner, but it works very well in that way. I listen to it frequently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charpentier's Midnuit Mass February 12, 2011
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Difficult to find around here. Not my favorite version of the Mass , but very good and well recorded. Delivery was excellent and very quick. Thank you again
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