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Campra: Messe de Requiem Import

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André Campra (1660-1744) is considered to be one of the major figures in the French music revival. Known primarily for his operas, this program focuses on his Requiem which is an unjustly neglected masterpiece of the sacred repertoire. Here the piece is accompanied by one of his important motets, In convertendo. This music helped pave the way for French composers such as Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé. K617 has brought together a talented group of performers for this disc, led by conductor Olivier Schneebeli. The result is a benchmark recording.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude- Requeim aeternam (Requiem)
  2. Te decet hymnus in Sion (gracieux)
  3. Da capo - Requiem aeternam
  4. Kyrie (gracieux)
  5. Graduel - Requeim aeternam
  6. Et lux perpetua (plus lent)
  7. In memoria aeterna (rondement)
  8. Offertoire-Dominne Jesu Christe (lent)
  9. Libera eas
  10. Sed signifer santus Michael (gracieux et leger)
  11. Hostias et preces (lent)
  12. Sanctus (leger)
  13. Agnus Dei (lent)
  14. Lux aeterna (leger)
  15. Requiem aeternam
  16. Et lux perpetua (gracieux)
  17. Symphonie - In convertendo (In convertendo)
  18. Tunc repletum
  19. Tunc dicent (gracieusement)
  20. Magnificavit Dominus
  21. Converte Domine (gravement)
  22. Qui seminant
  23. Venientes autem
  24. Agnus Dei (extrait du Requiem, version pour taille)


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestre des Musiques Ancienne
  • Conductor: Olivier Schneebeli
  • Composer: Andre Campra
  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: K617 Records
  • ASIN: B004GB38LW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stephen Midgley on April 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Campra's Messe de Requiem is a beautiful work, one of the great masterpieces of French sacred music. It has already been well served on disc, with fine performances under Gardiner, Herreweghe, Niquet, Malgoire and Janssens - the latter being my own favourite until now, at least of the ones I know. So the present CD, recorded at a live performance by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles under conductor Olivier Schneebeli, faces stiff competition.

The very first notes of the orchestral prelude, strongly coloured by the deep sound of the serpent, tell us that this is going to be an interpretation of profoundly serious character; and so it proves, for Schneebeli's approach to the work is both earnest and searching. The Orchestre des Musiques Anciennes et à Venir play with grace, sensitivity and a lovely instrumental texture. The choir, les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles who include boy and girl trebles, are also well up to their demanding role in the work, and all these musicians perform with total commitment as well as impeccable baroque style. The trio of soloists - countertenor Robert Getchell, tenor Jean-François Novelli, and baritone Marc Labonnette - are superb, as good a solo team as any I have heard in this work.

Altogether this is a beautiful and moving version of Campra's Requiem, surely equal to the best available. The "grand motet" In Convertendo is a worthy and substantial filler, once again finely performed, with especially good solo work including the young trebles who sing their demanding passages with both skill and confidence. The conductor's own booklet notes are excellent, underlining still further his passionate commitment to the work, and their translation into English is impeccable.
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I heard this on a radio program, Millennium of Music, and was engrossed immediately. On Youtube there are a number of performances of this music, but they all paled to the truly in-depth performances here. The tightness of the musicians, playing together in perfect control and measure, is a notable accomplishment.

The Agnus Dei is unspeakably tenderly sung and sweet.

And the libretto is included! I'd tried to look up the lyrics to some of the more moving sections, but no luck.
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