This French label specializes in 'early music' and classical ensembles, and their catalog includes some marvelous marriages of art-music and folk, performed by some of Europe's best classical and revival musicians.
Storie Di Napoli - Accordone, Marco Beasley, Guido Morini
This programme of Neapolitan music, covering a vast historical span (from the Renaissance to the 20th century) is a 'manifesto' of the musical influences that have nurtured Marco Beasley. Guido Morini's arrangements, written especially for him, make the programme particularly appealing. In addition, it offers an original coherence by setting up 'bridges' between genres that are sometimes opposed from a musicological point of view but which have continued to provide food each other. For the first time, the musician explores the paths of crossover in the broadest sense and without complex: here, Marco Beasley confirms his nickname of 'the Baroque crooner' con brio. He also opens up new ways, proposing original orchestrations and making his a part of the colossal heritage that has influenced the modern cultures of the western world.
Cantate Deo - A voce sola, in dialogo - Marco Beasley, Accordone, Guido Morini
Marco Beasley offers us an original way to discover the Italian religious repertoire for two tenors of the nascent Baroque. In fact, his fantastic experience as a singer allowed him to record these 'sacred concerts for two voices' alone, thanks to the technique of re-recording. A new dimension opens up to the listener thanks to the astonishing artistic coherence offered by this technique. And beyond technique, this disc attests to the emotion, both double and unique, guiding the musical gesture. In addition, this recording will allow to discover numerous unjustly forgotten composers such as Donati, Caprioli, Giamberti, Sances et al., whose qualities of writing are comparable to those of the great Monteverdi (represented here by the Salve Regina and Jubilet tota civitas). The programme is judiciously rounded off by three magnificent sonate da chiesa by Castello, Marini and Fontana.
Nueva España - Ensemble Mare Nostrum and Nora Tabbush
Ensemble Mare Nostrum (directed by Andrea De Carlo) and Nora Tabbush (a worthy heir to Montserrat Figueras) revive some pure treasures of Spanish music. Combining early instruments with traditional ones, they bring out all the colors of these songs and dances that were to be heard in New Spain, the Spanish viceroyalty (1535–1821) that stretched from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah to Costa Rica, with Mexico City as its capital. It administered not only the territory within those limits, but also the Philippines and various small islands in the Pacific, such as Guam.
La Veillée imaginaire: Airs populaires harmonisés, de Chopin à Canteloube - Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Françoise Masset, François Lazarevitch
The composers of the 19th and 2th centuries were often passionate about popular musical traditions. Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957), Maurice Emmanuel (1862-1938), or Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894) who said from himself: « I rhythm my music with my 'Auvergnat's clogs » gave tribute to those popular melodies, by harmonising them with creativity, taste and respect. Listen
Alla Napoletana, Villanesche & mascherate - Suonare e cantare, Jean Gaillard
Inspired by the work of Gian Domenico del Giovane da Nola (1510-1592), organist and later master of the church of the Annunciation in Naples. In addition to a number of madrigals and motets, he left a rich collection of Canzoni Villanesche (1545). These Canzoni Villanesche (or Napolitane) were songs on popular themes, originally written for three voices in the Neapolitan dialect. The texts are characterised by their burlesque or erotic inspiration, usually containing metaphors, popular proverbs, malicious or saucy puns, distorted words and various types of comical or meaningless onomatopoeia. The programme is enriched by a selection of varied instrumental pieces, featuring not only instruments that were fashionable during the Renaissance (recorders, post horns, reed instruments, violas, luths, guitars, percussions and bagpipes), but also typical Neapolitan instruments as colascioni, tammorri, tromba degli zingari and more.
La Passion de Clermont: Hora vos dic vera raizun - Brice Duisit
The turn of the first millennium was experienced by people of that time not with fear that the world was coming to an end, but rather with hope that the world would be renewed, as 'the promise of a new Spring'. Thus, Christ's Passion came to symbolise the resurrection of the Church; a great reformation began. Seen in that context the lyric poem La Passion de Clermont takes on its full meaning. Brice Duisit performs vocals and vièle à archet.
L'engrenage - Louis Sclavis and Quatuor Habanera
The composers Alexandros Markeas, Alain Berlaud and Yassen Vodenitcharov, long-standing associates of the Quatuor Habanera, thought out a program of works that would enable the jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis to contrast and compare his world with that of the Quartet. Each of the scores was created with the idea of enabling him to extemporize his part above those of the four saxophonists.
Une Messe pour la Saint-Michel et tous les saints anges - Freddy Eichelberger, Michel Godard and Ludus Modalis
This recording recreates the 'Ordinary' of a seventeenth-century Catholic Mass, during which the organ and the choir continuously respond, with parts entirely improvised by the choir as well as the organ.Freddy Eichelberger, orgue; Michel Godard, serpent and the vocal trio Ludus Modalis
Plaisir d'Amour: Chansons and romances de la France d'autrefois - Le Poème Harmonique - Vincent Dumestre
The French ensemble explores works from the end of XVIII and the beginning of XIX centuries, marked by a renewed interest in pastoral instruments and popular songs of the period.
La bella Noeva - Marco Beasley with Guido Morini
Italian singer Beasley and accordionist Morini interpret 17th and 18th century 'broadsides,' popular songs of the time that often competed with opera in terms of popularity and success. Accompanied by a small ensemble of violin, viola, théorbe and archiluth (lutes) and Baroque guitar.
La Votz Deus Anjos - Balaguera
Polyphonies du Béarn and des Pyrénées Gasconnes - Heirs to a long oral tradition, the nine singers of the vocal ensemble Balaguèra dedicate themselves to the Pyrenean interpretation of the polyphonies of Gascogne. All songs are performed unaccompanied.
Aux Marches du Palais - Romances et complaintes de la France d'autrefois - Le Poeme Harmonique
This record explores the "hazy" boundaries between written and oral traditions, as well as the complex links that unite them. It provides a moving experience for the twenty first-century listener who can imagine the distance travelled and the paths taken by the simple melodies we still hum today.