LALANDE: Tenebrae / Le Poème Harmonique / Vincent Dumestre 2CD
Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)
Le Poème Harmonique
In 1680, Francois Chaperon, maître de musique of the Sainte-Chapelle, entrusted the setting of some verses from the Lamentations of Jeremiah to Michel-Richard de Lalande and Jean-Féry Rebel, his brother-in-law. The name Tenebrae ('darkness') derives from the spectacular ritual of gradually extinguishing all the candles - fifteen, set in a great triangular chandelier a - as the service unfolded, as a reminder of the gradual abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the darkness that covered the earth at the time of the Crucifixion. Beautifully packaged with extensive liner and full libretto, Le Poème Harmonique, Vincent Dumestre in association with the Centre de Musique Baroque, Versailles, present us with a magnificent production. Another ALPHA production masterpiece!