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Image Music in Europe at the Time of the Renaissance (8C
Jérôme Lejeune continues his History of Music series with this boxed set devoted to the Renaissance. The next volume in the series after Flemish Polyphony (RIC 102), this set explores the music of the 16th century from Josquin Desprez to Roland de Lassus. After all of the various turnings that music took during the Middle Ages, the music of the Renaissance seems to be a first step towards a common European musical style. Josquin Desprez's example was followed by every composer in every part of Europe and in every musical genre, including the Mass setting, the motet and all of the various new types of solo song. Instrumental music was also to develop considerably from the beginning of the 16th century onwards. The musical excerpts that we have chosen include works by the most important composers of France, Italy, Germany, England, Spain and the Netherlands active during the 16th century. This boxed set is released in collaboration with the Château d'Écouen (Musée national de la Renaissance) in connection with the exhibition devoted to Renaissance music that will open there in September 2013.

449 kr (599 kr)
Image Music In Germany From Schütz To Bach (8 CD + Book)
After exploring the evolution of Italian and French music in the seventeenth century, Jerôme Lejeune devotes a new volume in his History of Early Music to Germany. During this century in which the Lutheran musical tradition developed further, Germany lived through a particularly enthralling period, bringing the musical world a highly original language, but also assimilating Italian and French models with talent and imagination; all of this unquestionably prepared the way that leads to Johann Sebastian Bach.

447 kr (596 kr)
Image 7CD-BOX: German Sacred Baroque Music
Here already is the second set of LES PLEIADES, the intelligent collection of RICERCAR re-releases. Again devoted to the German Baroque religious repertoire, this appropriate release focuses on the Nativity repertoire, extending from the early 17th century to the generation of Johann Sebastian Bach who is represented here by a few very beautiful Christmas cantatas. Alongside Schützs Christmas Oratorio and lovely Yuletide cantatas by Bachs contemporary Christoph Graupner, we will find in this set the evocation of Nativity scenes, from the Annunciation up to the Presentation in the Temple, as well as the reconstruction of a Lutheran Christmas service. The compositions by Praetorius, Selle, Tunder, Lübeck, Buxtehude, Scheidt, Hammerschmidt, Schütz and Bruhns will tell you the Christmas story with tenderness and joy.


220 kr (439 kr)
Image Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Luther and the Mus
A two-CD set devoted to the Lutheran liturgical repertory from Martin Luther himself to Heinrich Schu¨tz. The first disc comprises compositions specific to the Lutheran liturgy: Deutsche Messe, Deutsches Magnificat, Deutsche Passion (the first German polyphonic Passion, by Joachim von Burck) and even a reconstruction of a Deutsches Requiem drawn from polyphonic works that set the same texts as those Brahms was later to use for his Deutsches Requiem. The second disc presents a selection of motets arranged according to the liturgical calendar, from Advent to Trinity. These polyphonic pieces were written by a wide range of composers including Martin Luther, Andreas Hammerschmidt, Michael Praetorius, Joachim von Burck, Christoph Bernhardt, Heinrich Schu¨tz, Thomas Selle, Melchior Franck, Caspar Othmayr, Michael Altenburg, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein and Johann Walter. The orga- nist Bart Jacobs completes the programme with a few organ pieces by seventeenth-century composers.

115 kr (229 kr)
Image Grands Motets
Ricercar Consort / Philippe Pierlot



35 kr (69 kr)
Image Organ Works (5CD)
"What better way to mark the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude's death in 1707 than with this wonderful box-set? Its 77 tracks reaffirm what a central figure Buxtehude was to subsequent generations..."
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

239 kr (477 kr)
Image Stabat Mater
"The singing is particularly beautiful or impassioned… in Stabat mater… the group's voices gloriously expressive while retaining clarity and immaculate coherence…"
Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Think Subtilior
The Ensemble Santenay invites us on an enthralling journey through the French Ars Subtilior repertory of the fourteenth century. These pieces with their often esoteric texts are presented here as a genuine sound project. Just as works of art are framed with the greatest care, the musicians have devised sound frames for the compositions on this album, in order to introduce them, link them with each other, take them further than usual, and above all make sure our ears and our consciousness are alert at the moment when the art makes its appearance. These sonic atmospheres are realised with the aid of sounds produced by instruments, scraps of pieces of music, sometimes a single voice.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Dialoghi Amorosi
"Giovanni Felice Sances published his collections of cantade in Venice around 1640. Their music, poetic, lively, rhythmic and sensual, is placed at the service of a rich palette of amorous sentiments: innocence, desire, seduction, jealousy and despair all make their appearance. Sances also left us a number of ‘amorous dialogues’, miniature operas depicting Ruggiero and Angelica (who, to safeguard her virginity, makes herself invisible and flees the doughty knight who has just saved her from a monster’s clutches) and the naughty frolics of Tirsi and Filli, who want at all costs to ‘die’ together. "

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Fancies for the Viols
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) was one of the most complete musicians of the Elizabethan era. He made talented contributions to every genre of vocal and instrumental music. In the domain of the fantasia for viols, he wrote for numerous combinations of between two and six instruments and elaborated endlessly inventive formal structures, in which traces of Italianism are by no means absent. L’Achéron offers us a wide selection from this repertory, which it has recorded on viols based on early seventeenth-century English models.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image La Belle Veilleuse
In the time of Madame de Pompadour, the hurdy-gurdy, like the musette, enjoyed a great success. It was considered to be on a level with other instruments and, as can be seen in various paintings, was highly regarded by the ladies of the aristocracy. Several books of instruction for the instrument were published, one of which was Michel Corrette’s La belle vielleuse; virtuoso players such as Danguy and Dupuits extended its playing techniques to their limits. The instrument’s charm was sung by various poets whose words were then set as cantatas. The unknown works that constitute this recording place it firmly in the French court of the time with its stylised pastoral diversions.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Sonatas & Trios
An agreeable musician, clever, sociable, a shaper of verse, a man of wit whose sallies were greatly appreciated and whose fertile pen was guaranteed to turn out another volume of works every month, Boismortier was the perfect man of his time, courteous, cultured and able to adapt to his surroundings. In this, their first recording, Le Petit Trianon have chosen pieces from his immense body of work that felicitously blend the sonorities of the flute, violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Secret Consolations
If Johannes Tinctoris (1435-1511) is today widely recognised as one of the most renowned music theorists of his time, he was also a perceptive observer of the musical practices of the Renaissance. After studying in Orléans, he held several positions in Cambrai, Liège and finally Naples. Here his gifts as a composer could flourish at the court of King Ferrante of Aragon as a chaplain, legal advisor and music tutor of Ferrante’s daughter Beatrice. This programme retraces his career through his extremely varied output: French and Italian songs, Mass movements, and instrumental pieces.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Premier Livre des Pièces de Viole (4 CD)
Here is the start of a great adventure: the complete recording of the five books of pièces de viole of Marin Marais. The First Book, published in 1686, contains a dozen suites, two of which are scored for two bass viols and continuo. It also features a very moving Tombeau for ‘Monsieur Méliton’, probably one of Marais’s teachers, and a set of variations on a theme given to the composer by an ‘estranger’, which foreshadows one of the principal compositions of his Second Book, the Couplets des Folies d’Espagne.

180 kr (359 kr)
Image Passio secundum Johannem
Alessandro Scarlatti’s St John Passion was the first Passion setting written in seventeenth-century Italy. Scarlatti treats the role of the Evangelist (composed in the mezzo-soprano register) in highly unusual fashion, giving his narrative numerous emotional passages. The Voice of Christ (bass) is invariably haloed by a string accompaniment. The version presented by Leonardo García Alarcón inserts meditations assigned to the chorus; these are taken from Scarlatti’s Responsories for Holy Week, polyphonic settings that reveal a little-known genre practised by this composer.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Balli & Sonate
When Claudio Monteverdi arrived at the court of Mantua, he was initially engaged as a viol player. This is an aspect of his musical personality that is too often forgotten. Yet his brother Giulio Cesare reminds us in a letter that his improvisations on the viol alla bastarda were remarkable. At the time of his arrival, instrumental music played an important role at the court, which was dominated by the personalities of several musicians, chief among them the violinist Salomone Rossi. This programme illustrates the richness of the instrumental repertory at the Mantua court with the compositions of this virtuoso. But Monteverdi too was a master in the domain of instrumental music, which he handled with exceptional skill, as may be heard in the ballets of L’Orfeo, in the Ballo delle ingrate and in certain madrigals, such as Tempro la cetra, where the concertante role of instruments is fundamental. This evocation of music in Mantua at the time of Monteverdi also includes the irresistible Ballo di Mantova, a popular song that went through countless instrumental arrangements.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Telemann - A Portrait (8 CD)
Georg Philipp Telemann is one of the composers whose cause Ricercar has always championed with fervour. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of his death, Ricercar now presents a reissue of its vast repertory, which makes up a complete portrait of the output of this inspired contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach: his sonatas, trios, fantasias, concertos and suites written for all sorts of instruments are accompanied by several sacred compositions, cantatas, and a St Matthew Passion which, like a number of other works in the set, is released on disc for the first time.

220 kr (439 kr)
Image The Heritage of Monteverdi (7 CD)
These seven discs recorded between 1995 and 2000 make up a fabulous anthology of early seventeenth-century Italian music. A large number of composers are gathered round the central figure of Claudio Monteverdi; while some of them, like Salomone Rossi, Biagio Marini and Dario Castello, are among the musicians with whom he worked in Mantua or Venice, others illustrate the extraordinary musical creativity of the period, whether it be Sigismondo d’India, Tarquinio Merula, Francesco Cavalli, Alessandro Grandi, or so many other lesser-known personalities, each of whom helped to build the rapidly growing edifice of Italian Baroque music.

220 kr (439 kr)
Image Ouvertures
Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749) is a relatively unknown member of the Bach family. He is more widely known by association to his famous first cousin once removed, Johann Sebastian. A disciple of Pachelbel, Johann Bernhard was in the service of the court of Eisenach and left us only instrumental music. His four Ouvertures for orchestra constitute the obvious link between French music of the Grand Siecle and the compositions that Johann Sebastian would write in Weimar and Cothen. This release is an interesting missing link to be rediscovered.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Organ Works
Although Girolamo Frescobaldi's organ works draw on the polyphonic tradition of the Renaissance, few virtuosos of the early 17th century tackled with as much originality the expressive movement that opened the way for what we consider 'Baroque music'. He transposed for the keyboard this sense of the affect and virtuosity that, in the sphere of opera, overturned all the conventions of vocal music. He recommended flexible playing, freed of any overly strict constraints, insisting on the fact that the musician must play 'con affetti cantabili' (with the affects of singing).

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Madrigali Diminuiti
In 1535 Sylvestro Ganassi published in Venice the first treatise developing the technique of the art of ornamentation at an unprecedented level of rhythmic complexity and virtuosity. Playing the recorder, the instrument to which Ganassi devoted his work, Denis Raisin Dadre applies the rules of the treatise to the repertoire that Ganassi practiced, frottole and, above all, the madrigals of Philippe Verdelot. With the ornaments, the music proves to be a living art that practices a constant rhythmic shift, the exuberant virtuosity of improvisations and a 'swing' that would be typical of jazz in the 20th century.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Canticum Canticorum
The music of Orlande de Lassus was exceedingly popular during the height of the Renaissance. His work combines the emotion of secular music with the text and intention of sacred works. + The texts of The Song of Songs are a perfect merging ground for these two worlds, with their biblical origin and their erotic connotations. The sacred and profane feelings mix perfectly in these works. + This release also includes de Lassus’s Magnificat as well as his Missa super Susanne un jour a.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Complete Works (5CD)
Bernard Foccroulle, organ
Siebe Henstra, harpsichord
Ricercar Consort & Ensemble La Fenice

Matthias Weckmann is doubtless the most fascinating Hamburg composer of the mid-17th century. A disciple of Schütz, nurtured on Italian music and, in particular, that of Claudio Monteverdi, he shone in all genres, achieving an impressive blending of these two worlds. His concerts spirituels are characterised by the important role they give to the instruments, veritable accomplices of the singers. His sonatas espouse the Venetian models with their original instrumentation uniting violin, cornett, trombone and bassoon. His organ music constitutes the veritable transition between the generations of Sweelinck and Buxtehude. And in his harpsichord pieces, he also tries his hand at the French suite style. Over the years, Ricercar has recorded his complete works, and the year of the 400th anniversary of his birth imposed itself for bringing together the first complete release of these recordings.

150 kr (299 kr)
Image Requiems
Two Austrian requiems are featured on this release, each of an entirely different character. + Johann Joseph Fux’s Requiem was composed for the funeral of Eleonora von Neuburg, widow of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II, in 1720. Fux was known for his theoretical skill, and the rich instrumentation and polyphonic writing create a lush and virtuosic atmosphere. + Johann Casper Kerll’s Requiem is much more intimate. As he has stated, his requiem was written for his “soul’s peace.” The influence of his Roman master, Giacomo Carissimi, can be clearly heard in the writing.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image The Love Songs Of Jehan De Lescurel
Ensemble Celadon / Paulin Bungden

Many mysteries surround the life of Jehan de Lescurel, beginning with his date of birth. Probably the son of middle-class Parisians, cleric, musician and poet, he was most likely trained at Notre-Dame. His oeuvre consists of some thirty songs written in the waning tradition of the art of the Parisian troubadours and even broaches polyphony. In them, he describes several amorous situations, sometimes depicting the emotions of the rejected suitor, sometimes those of the beautiful misunderstood lady, in a game of love and feelings that range from nostalgia to ecstasy, and not excluding humour. In this complete recording, the three voices of Céladon are backed up by richly coloured instruments.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Secular Works
Le Miroir De Musique / Baptiste Romain

The composers Arnold and Hugo de Lantins were natives of the diocese of Liège, but it was in Italy, principally in Pesaro and Venice that their presence is confirmed between the years of 1420 and 1430. As with the works of Johannes Ciconia, a fellow native of Liège whose time in Italy had preceded theirs, their secular and sacred compositions are preserved in manuscripts copied in Italy. Closely rubbing shoulders with their illustrious contemporary Guillaume Dufay, the Lantins brothers combined archaic traits with the earliest characteristics of the Renaissance. Le Miroir de Musique presents a large selection of French and Italian chansons which enriches our view of the cultural sophistication of the Italian courts at the start of the 15th century.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image Pièces Favourites


François Joubert-Caillet, viola da gamba
L'Acheron

"Intet instrument kommer så tæt på den menneskelige stemme, sagde den franske filosof Rousseau. Kun ordene mangler." Læs mere om P2s anbefaling HER

Som et prelude til den store opgave, nemlig at udgive Marin Marais' 5 komplette samlinger af musik for gambe foreslår François Joubert-Cailletdenne denne antologi af nogle af de mest kendte stykker, som den hæderkronede gambist fra La Chambre du Roi skrev til Solkongens private koncerter.
François Joubert-Caillet studerede Gambe ved Schola Cantorum Basiliensis hos Paolo Pandolfo, med hvem han også studerede tidlig improvisation.
Han har vundet både første pris og publikumspris ved Bruges Internationale kammermusik konkurrence og han holder både koncert og masterclass i Europa, Asien og Latinamerika. François Joubert-Caillet er desuden dirigent for L'Achéron - et ensemble hvor han også selv optræder.


80 kr (159 kr)
Image Temple de la Gloire (Le)
2 CD + Book

Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur / Guy Van Waas

Le Temple de la Gloire is the only opera with a libretto by Voltaire that was performed during the 18th century, first in Versailles and later at the Opéra in Paris. Voltaire altered the intention of his commission somewhat, which was to celebrate Louis XV's military victory at Fontenay in 1745: he transformed the Temple of Glory into a Temple of Public Happiness.

Voltaire's intention was to reform French opera, giving it less love affairs and more spectacle. Rameau aided him brilliantly in this and, using his large orchestra to the full, composed some of his most original and most beautiful music-even though he was to reintroduce some love interest and lyricism for the work's Parisian revival in 1746.



159 kr (318 kr)
Image Virtuoso Ophicleide (The)
Patrick Wibart, ophicleide
Trio Aenea

Following the two volumes of the Guide des Instruments, RICERCAR goes further into the knowledge of several instruments and their specific repertoire. It was in 1817 that the instrument maker Halary invented this instrument whose low register prefigures the tuba.

Integrated into the orchestra by Berlioz, the ophicleide was also used in church to accompany the plainchant and quite present in military bands. But it also benefitted from a solo repertoire in the concerto genre as well as in chamber music. Patrick Wibart impresses with his total mastery of the instrument and the flexibility of his playing. To be discovered imperatively.




80 kr (159 kr)
Image The Vienna Concert
On March 23, 1783, an important concert took place in Vienna, playing a considerable role for Mozart’s reputation in the imperial capital, where he had resided since 1781. It is obvious that Mozart wanted to be herad in both what he had composed prior to his move to Vienna, as well as I his more recent works. From the Salzburg repertoire, he borrowed the ‘Haffner’ Symphony. To this he added the long concertant movement for wind instruments from the ‘Posthorn’ Serenade. Here we also find two piano concertos, one from Salzburg and one which was composed likely for this specific occasion. Several arias are also included from his earlier operas. The Millenium Orchestra with Jodie Devos and Sebastian Wienand have painstakingly recorded this release to mimic this historic concert, so that the listener can rediscover this monumental night as if they were there.

115 kr (229 kr)
Image Ludi Musici
L'Achéron / François Joubert-Caillet

Samuel Scheidt was one of the most complete composers of his generation. Organist, he composed sacred music and instrumental music that is at a crossroads, combining the Lutheran polyphonic tradition and all the influences of Italian music and the style of Monteverdi.

The dances and canzone contained in his Ludi Musici (1621) do not avoid this mixture of styles, being both the legacy of late-Renaissance models and the reflection of the new virtuosity initiated by the Italians. These pieces are indeed intended for viola da gamba, which still enjoyed considerable success in Germany at that time.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image Heroines of the Venetian Baroque
Mariana Flores, soprano
Anna Reinhold, mezzo-soprano
Cappella Mediterranea / Leonardo Garcia Alarcon

The opening of Venice's first opera house, the Teatro di San Cassiano, in 1637, was one of the major events in the history of opera. The protagonists of these new operas henceforth represented all the social categories making up this public and who, in fact, had to be able to find themselves onstage. The gods were no longer the only ones to lay down the law, challenged by the Vices and Virtues who preached in the Prologues. The new heroes are kings, emperors, dictators, courtesans, as well as nurses, valets, soldiers, philosophers, and, above all, lovers. Whoever they might be, we find them sympathetic or antipathetic - all are glorified, all are ridiculed.

With his 27 existing operas, Francesco Cavalli gives us a fascinating version of this theatre of life. A single main thread runs through the excerpts drawn from each of them by Leonardo García Alarcón: the expression of human passions. They are all there, from ingenuousness to ecstasy, joy to anger, passionate love (and its erotic, sensual expression) to despair.

This fascinating programme represents a new contribution to the knowledge of Cavalli's operas and helps unveil part of the mystery still surrounding his works.

160 kr (319 kr)
Image Velazquez and The Music of His Time
On the occasion of the exhibition that the Grand Palais in Paris is devoting to Diego Velazquez, this disc proposes an evocation of the music that one could have heard at the court of Spain under the reigns of Philip III and Philip IV.Heirs to the tradition of the Flemish polyphonists, the sacred and secular repertoires increasingly assimilated the influences of the melodies and rhythms of folk music. As attest the painter's stays in Italy, Spanish composers were also charmed by the novelties of the Italians' Baroque language.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image The Parisian Symphony (7CD)
It was at Le Concert Spirituel that the Germanicstyle symphony made its appearance in Paris. This story began in the 1750s with the arrival of musicians from Mannheim, including Johann Stamitz, in the French capital. Subsequently, various composers such as the Belgian François-Joseph Gossec appeared as the creators of the earliest French symphonies before Haydns symphonies enjoyed a very particular success there. This set, released on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Les Agrémens, takes up most of the recordings conducted by Guy Van Waas in a repertoire bringing together composers played in Paris at the end of the 18th century (Gossec, Grétry, Haydn, Krauss), and announcing the beginnings of the Romantic symphony with two recording premieres: a symphony by Hérold and Beethovens Second Symphony.


350 kr (699 kr)
Image Sonate & Balletti
Clematis

After Carlo Farina and the Vitalis, Clematis continues its exploration of the Italian Baroque instrumental repertoire with Giovanni Legrenzi. The Sonatas taken from the collections he published in Venice between 1655 and 1673 feature highly diverse forms ranging from the trio sonata up to larger forms for 4, 5, or 6 parts and even double choir. His final collection of instrumental music, Balletti e Correnti, published in 1691, offers us a very different view of instrumental music in which certain French influences cannot be denied. Here, Clematis gives us the first complete anthology of his instrumental works. The variety of forms and forces ensures this disc with a fine diversity of styles from sonatas still close in spirit to those of Biagio Marini up to those for four violins foreshadowing the generation of Vivaldi. Recorded in two different locations, this anthology lets us discover these compositions in the sonority either of the church with its choir organ or, more intimate, the chamber.

80 kr (159 kr)
Image Ancor Che Col Partire
80 kr (159 kr)
Image Sulla Lira
Le Miroir de Musique is an ensemble specialised in the music of the late middle ages and Renaissance, from the golden age of the troubadours to the humanist movements of the 16th century. The ensemble is based in Basel (CH) and brings together the most prolific of early music performers, many of whom are graduates of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The image of a 'Mirror of Music' is borrowed from Jacques de Liege's treatise (Speculum Musicae), and reflects our goal of painting a vivid picture of medieval and Renaissance music, in a spirit of fidelity to the original sources.This project was first conceived for the Festtage Alter Musik in Basel in 2013, at the suggestion of Peter Reidemeister. The programme was developed in close collaboration between the five musicians and the musicologist Martin Kirnbauer.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image Rubens and the Music of His Time
Peter Paul Rubens lived precisely within one of the most exciting periods of the history of music, one that stretched from the summit of Renaissance polyphonic style to the beginnings of the Baroque period and of opera. Released in connection with the exhibition Rubens and his Heritage (Bozar, Brussels from 29 September 2014 to 4 January 2015), this CD presents examples of the major musical genres that Rubens would have heard during his visits to Brussels, London, Rome, Venice, Mantua, Madrid and Paris.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image 8CD-BOX: Complete Works
Philippe Hirshhorn (violin), Philippe Koch (violin), Luc Dewez (cello), Marie Hallynck (cello), Luc Devos (piano), Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden (piano), Bernard Foccroulle (organ), Greta De Reyghere (soprano), Philippe Huttenlocher (baritone)

Quatuor Camerata, Trio Grumiaux, Domus, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Choeur Symphonique De Namur, Pierre Bartholomee

In 1994, Ricercar released a boxed set bringing together nearly all the works of Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894), the prodigious Belgian composer who died prematurely at the age of 24.

Admirer of Beethoven and Wagner, disciple of Franck, and protégé of Ysaÿe, Lekeu had, in his last compositions, opened a new way that was neither French nor Germanic. It is to this journey that this new edition invites you, starting with the earliest works, written at 15, to the masterpieces of 1893. On this occasion, Jérôme Lejeune has completely revised and expanded the introductory text, which proposes a chronological analysis of the works.

Listening to the compositions in this order helps to understand the way the composer's talent developed, and the quotations from his abundant correspondence give an even better idea of the state of mind of this fascinating, highly moving young man who had put this simple phrase as an epigraph to his Adagio for quartet and string orchestra: 'The pale flowers of memory'.



185 kr (369 kr)
Image Concerts En Sextuor
Ricercar could not help but participate in celebrating Rameau Year. It is Florence Malgoires ensemble LES DOMINOS that pays this tribute with a very rarely played repertoire. This is what Camille Saint-Saëns called Concerts en Sextuor in the edition of Rameaus works that he undertook at the end of the 19th century. To carry out this monumental project, he started from a manuscript executed, it would seem, by a certain Monsieur Decroix in 1768, i.e., four years after the composers death. These Concerts de Monsieur Rameau are, in fact, transcriptions in six parts of the Pièces de Clavecin en Concert that Rameau had conceived at the outset from his harpsichord pieces with accompaniment by violin or flute and bass viol. This adaptation by M. Decroix is quite enigmatic, and Les Dominos give us a colourful reading of it, combining with the strings two emblematic instruments of Rameaus orchestra: flutes and bassoon.



80 kr (159 kr)
Image Gesamte Orgelwerk
After Buxtehude, Tunder, Reinken, Bruhns, Scheidemann and Böhm, Bernard Foccroulle pursues his exploration of the repertoire of the organists of northern Germany before Bach, with the works of Matthias Weckman. Trained in the entourage of Schütz and having perfect mastery of the profession of Sweelincks heirs and all aspects of the Italian style, this composer compels recognition as the keystone in the generation preceding Buxtehudes. The repertoire tackles the free forms of the new stylus fantasticus but also proposes different forms of pieces inspired by chorale tunes, including two monumental fantasias in several sections. BernardFoccroulle made this recording on three historic organs: in Hollern, Stade, and primarily on the recently restored organ of the Katharinen Kirche in Hamburg. This constitutes an event that will enchant enthusiasts!Let us recall that, with this double album, Ricercar can offer its faithful public the complete works of Matthias Weckman, the cantatas having been recorded by the Ricercar Consort (RIC 216), and the instrumental music by La Fenice and the harpsichordist Siebe Henstra (RIC 282).



145 kr (289 kr)
Image Elena
Recorded live during the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2013,Cavalli's Elena had not been performed for more than 350 years.The international press hailed this rediscovery as one of the major events on the lyric scene.With Jean-Yves Ruf's imaginative staging,served by an exceptional cast made up of young singers brought together by the Academy of the Aix Festival,this work is also sublimated by the talent of the instrumentalists of the Cappella Mediterranea and the theatrical talent of Leonardo García Alarcón.Elena relates the first adventures of Helen,the most beautiful woman in the world,coveted by numerous men including Menelaus,who disguises himself as an Amazon to approach her,and Theseus,who abducts her and tries to seduce her to the great displeasure of his legitimate fiancée,Hippolyta.Numerous colourful or tragic characters come to complicate the situations in this mythological farce.



220 kr (439 kr)
Image Caravane Du Caire
Premiered in 1784 at the Académie Royale de Musique, where it ensured the institutions fortune, La Caravane du Caire was oneof Grétrys most famous operas, its popularity continuing into the 19th century.After the recording made under the direction of Marc Minkowski in 1991, Guy Van Waas proposes an energetic new version that enables us to discover a few variants in relation to the previous version. This production, realized by the Palazzetto Bru Zane of Venice, benefits from a fascinating musicological presentation by Alexandre and Benoît Dratwicki. The libretto is typical of the oriental subjects that were so highly prized in the late 18th century. Here, the beautiful Zélime, sold as a slave to a pasha, is rescued from the seraglio thanks to the courage of her beloved Saint-Phar and the loyalty of another Frenchman, Florestan.



159 kr (318 kr)
Image Ulisse all’Isola di Circe
159 kr (318 kr)
Image A Tribute To Sax
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Image The Fruit of Love
Anthony Holborne published an important collection of works in five parts for viola da gamba and other instruments in 1599; this was the first publication of instrumental dances in England. A skilled lute player himself, he was also known for his mastery of the bandora and the cittern. The dances are mostly pavanes, galliards and allemandes, although they are all linked by titles that either suggest a particular musical character or that are deliberately more enigmatic…

After the recording of Johannes Schenk’s Le Nymphe di Rheno with Wieland Kuijken, we now present the first recording of François Joubert-Caillet with his Achéron ensemble. The ensemble’s viol players have here made a point of using copies of English violas da gamba from the beginning of the 17th century, for the extra length of the strings on these instruments gives them a truly remarkable depth and weight of sound. A few of these viols were made especially for this project. Accompanied by lutes, cittern, pandora, virginal and ottavino (a small spinet sounding an octave higher than notated), this highly individual consort of viols gives a new and exceptional timbre to the works here recorded.

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Image Pour Un Reposoir
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Image Thésée
Thésée
Tragédie lyrique en 4 actes
créée à l'Académie royale de musique à Paris en 1782

2 CD + BOOK

Frédéric Antoun: tenor (Thésée)
Virginie Pochon: soprano (Églé)
Jennifer Borghi: mezzo-soprano (Médée)
Tassis Christoyannis: baritone (le Roi Égée)
Katia Velletaz: soprano (la Grande Prêtresse / Minerve)
Caroline Weynants: soprano (Dorine / 1e Prêtresse)
Aurélie Franck: soprano (2e Prêtresse)
Bénédicte Fadeux: mezzo-soprano (3e Prêtresse)
Mélodie Ruvio: mezzo-soprano (Cléone / une Vieille)
Philippe Favette: bass (Arcas / 2e Vieillard)
Thibaut Lenaerts: tenor (1er Vieillard / 2e Suivant du roi)
Renaud Tripathi: tenor (un Coryphée / 1er Suivant du roi)

Les Agrémens
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
Guy Van Waas: direction

"The father of the symphony"; "bard of the Revolution": these two phrases sufficed to describe Gossec from the beginning of the 19th century onwards and created a reputation for him that musicographers and music historians of the following century made almost unalterable. Gossec had, however, always been interested in the operatic stage, as can be seen from his works in the more modern genre of opéra comique as well as in the more traditional tragédie en musique. Appointed to provide music for the largest musical institutions of his time, Gossec created more than twenty theatrical works; these enjoyed varying degrees of success but nonetheless reveal a dramatic composer of the first water. They were inspired by various sources, the diversity of which can be seen by their titles: Le Périgourdin, Le Tonnelier, Le Faux Lord, Les Pêcheurs, Toinon & Toinette, Le Double Déguisement (opéra comique), Alexis & Daphné, Philémon & Baucis, La Fête de Village (operas in one act), Berthe, Rosine ou l'Épouse abandonnée (opera semiseria), Les Scythes enchaînés (an addition to Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride), Les Petits Riens, Mirza (ballets in collaboration with Gardel and Noverre), intermezzi for Racine's Athalie and, when the moment arrived, operas of the Revolution such as L'Offrande à la Liberté and Le Triomphe de la République. His operatic masterpieces, however, are indisputably the two tragédies lyriques Sabinus (1773) and Thésée (1782). Thanks to a superb cast and the talent of Guy Van Waas in this repertoire, Gossec's tragedy here reveals its full dramatic power.



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Image Le Nymphe de Rheno
Born in Amsterdam and based in Germany, Johannes Schenk blended the musical influences of the English viol school and of Marin Marais. Each volume of his works has its own individual character: the volume entitled Le Nymphe di Rheno contains twelve sonatas for two bass viols without figured bass. Schenk here makes use of the Italian sonata form, as he does in the church sonatas as well as the chamber sonatas with their dance movements. French influences can also be felt in the various rondeaux and minuets and above all in the monumental Chaconne of the Sonata in G major.Two splendid musicians here meet face to face. Wieland Kuijken, one of the pioneers of the viola da gamba revival and the teacher of dozens of today's most talented musicians, needs no further introduction. François Joubert-Caillet belongs to the new generation: a pupil of Paolo Pandolfo, he performs with many ensembles including Leonardo Garcia Alarcon's Cappella Mediterranea and Clematis. This CD was recorded in the wonderful atmosphere of the superb Romanesque church of Notre-Dame de Centeilles in the Minervois region of France.

François Joubert-Caillet is now embarking upon projects in collaboration with Ricercar not only as a soloist but also together with his viol ensemble L'Achéron; the ensemble's first CD will be recorded in August 2013.



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Image Obras de Música
Ensemble Doulce Mémoire
Denis Raisin Dadre, conductor

Works by ANTONIO DE CABEZON, ADRIAEN WILLAERT, PHILIPPE VERDELOT, ROLAND DE LASSUS,
THOMAS CREQUILLON, CLAUDIN DE SERMISY, CIPRIANO DE RORE and others.



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