Nicholas Scott Alto
Maïlys de Villoutreys, Virginie Thomas Soprano
François Joron Tenor
David Witczak Ground Bass
Ensemble Marguerite Louise Choir and orchestra
Gaétan Jarry Conductor
In European baroque music, the grand motets are one of the most representative forms of French music. Originally developed for the King's Chapel by Du Mont and Lully and brought to an apex by Delalande during his four decades in the service of Louis XIV, these works, which were sung every day at the King's Mass, were then the mainstay of the programmes of the Concert Spirituel created in 1725. It was then that two new masters in this style emerged: Rameau and Mondonville.
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) composed his grand motets before he arrived in Paris. They are an exception in the genre: they were not written for the King's Chapel, but around 1720, when Rameau was organist of Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral! Their resemblance to the master's future operas is, however, obvious, so exceptional and subtle is the musical flavour that emerges from them. His two masterpieces are the motets In Convertendo and Quam Dilecta presented here.
Mondonville (1711-1772) learned from Lalande as well as from Rameau and was a real star of the Concert Spirituel with his motets, whose success earned him a position at the Chapelle Royale! The inventiveness and expressiveness of his compositions, in which dramatic effects and colours enrich a perfect mastery of the choral forces and the orchestra, make them real jewels and the last masterpieces of so powerfully French genre... Celebrated in their time by multiple interpretations, the two motets Dominus Regnavit and In Exitu Israel are true masterpieces, comparable to the great choral compositions of Bach or Handel.
Bringing together accomplished soloists and the choristers and musicians of his Ensemble Marguerite Louise, Gaétan Jarry imbues these composition with his enthusiastic interpretation and his passion for French music, for a splendid programme recorded in our record collection!
Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Marguerite Louise, La Cité de La Voix de Vézelay
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 – 1764)
In convertendo Dominus
Quam dilecta tabernacula
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1711 – 1772)
In exitu Israel
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