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Mondonville - Grand Motets / Daneman, Wieczorek, Agnew, Piolino, Konigsberger, Bazola, Les Arts Florissants, Christie Import


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  • Performer: Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie, Sophie Daneman, Maryseult Wieczorek, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 27, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B000005E5D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dominus Regnavit - Dominus Regnavit
2. Dominus Regnavit - Et Enim Firmavit
3. Dominus Regnavit - Parata Sedes
4. Dominus Regnavit - Elevaverunt Flumina
5. Dominus Regnavit - Testimonia Tua
6. Dominus Regnavit - Gloria Patri
7. In Exitu Israel - Marche Et Chur "In Exitu"
8. In Exitu Israel - Mare Vivit
9. In Exitu Israel - Jordanis Conversus Est Retrorsum
10. In Exitu Israel - Montes Exsultaverunt
11. In Exitu Israel - Quid Est Tibi, Mare
12. In Exitu Israel - a Facie Domini
13. In Exitu Israel - Qui Timent Dominum
14. In Exitu Israel - Non Mortui Laudabunt
15. De Profundis - de Profundis Clamavi
16. De Profundis - Fiant Aures Tuae
17. De Profundis - Quia Apud
18. De Profundis - a Custodia Matutina
19. De Profundis - Quia Apud Dominum
20. De Profundis - Et Ipse Redimet Israel
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Not to be missed, this must be one of the towering achievements of 18th century choral music.
Discophage
Comments not about Mondonville... he is a truly great composer, worthy of his predecessors in the field of the Grand motet (Delalande especially).
Diwonusoio
These works were a very pleasant surprise, and every bit as exhilarating as everyone else here has described.
James Rockhill

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on August 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
...why everybody hasn't become a rabid fan of French Baroque music, especially in the last decade with performers of the quality of Bill Christie's Les Arts Florissants! It's lively, it's direct to the senses, it's rich in variety, and even when it's deeply spiritual it's never lugubrious or ponderous. If YOU are one of the unconverted, this CD of the Grands Motets of Jean-Joseph de Mondonville (1711-1772) might be the performance that will open your ears. In addition to the usual charms of French Baroque, Mondonville's music is at times brilliantly colorful, fall-down funny, gracefully balletic, sensual, and staunchly noble, all in good turn.

Mondonville was always a crowd pleaser by choice, far more popular in his time than more "elite" composers like Rameau, but these Grands Motets are not fluff by any means. They are as deeply rooted in the theory and tradition of the music of the French royal chapel as any of the scores of Grand Motets stretching back to the youth of Louis XIV and continuing to the French Revolution. Essentially, to be a "Grand Motet", the sacred Latin text had to be set in grand style, with chorus, orchestra, and soloists, almost always in six or more contrasting sections avoiding the repetition of da capo forms. The text was supreme and had to be set intelligibly as well as expressively. The great model was always Lully, even 100 years later. The orchestra of Les Arts Florissantes has been augmented for this recording, with 13 violins, 6 violas, 6 cellos, 2 double basses, flutes, oboes, bassoons, organ, and harpsichord - grand forces indeed for music to be performed in a chapel! The six vocal soloists, led by soprano Sophie Daneman, are all Christie stalwarts and singers of superb technique.
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Until recently, my knowledge and appreciation of late 17th-early 18th Century choral music was more or less limited to the works of the Holy Trinity, Bach-Haendel-Vivaldi, and I thought no other composer of the era approached it, with a question mark on Purcell which I promised myself to explore more seriously when I found the time. But something had always bothered me with the French side of it or what I had heard of it, music written for or during the reign of Louis the 14th, through various samples by Lully, Charpentier, Campra or Jean Gilles, what sounded to me like a majestic stiffness maybe suited to the ideological image the Sun-King wanted to hear conveyed but... sounding very stiff to me, lacking the jubilation of Haendel or Bach, the sunny colors of Vivaldi, the Italianate melismata of their solo vocal writing. And there is also always that cliché of French 17th-18th century vocal writing, the phrases systematically appogiaturing on the lower semi-one, something that is probably related to the accenting of the French language on the last syllable, but which rapidly taxes my patience and has kept me away from the operas of Lully to Rameau, as much as I enjoy the orchestral suites excerpted from them.

Then I listened to the 20-CD survey of Music at the Palace of Versailles under the four King Louis 13-16, 200 Years of Music at Versailles, and discovered, among other things, the motets of Mondonville, excerpted from this commercial recording, made by William Christie and Arts Florissants for Erato in 1996. Wow.

In truth, Mondonville (1711-1772) is a composer of the Age of Louis 15. He composed seventeen grand motets between 1734 and 1758, of which nine are extant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Mondonville is quite unknown, but he became one of my favorite composers because of Grands Motets. If you like Mozart's requiem or Brahms' German requiem this is an absolute must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Cecil on August 28, 2003
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Christie once said in an interview that he was no great admirer of Mondonville's operas. However, he was full of praise for these Grand Motets and his enthusiasm for this fine music is reflected in a superlative performance. There's plenty of drama and exquisite beauty to be heard on this CD and, if you know and like Christie's wonderful recording of Rameau's motets, you'll surely be happy to discover this CD. The vocal performances are particularly strong and the instrumental work reflects Christie's invariably fine taste perfectly.
Not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
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If you want a short exemplary performance of a typical French baroque composition, look no further. The singing, especially the solo singing, is truly exceptional. Paul Agnew's fluid high tenor fills the alto line with the beauty and nuance that no countertenor could possibly muster. You may have never heard of Mondonville, but his music will surprise you with unforgettable melodies.
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