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Fruits de la Passion: Festival Montréal Baroque 2005
     

Fruits de la Passion: Festival Montréal Baroque 2005

 
Fruits de la Passion is a sampler disc, presenting music that was heard at the Montreal Baroque Music Festival in 2003 and 2004. It's not clear why it is labeled with the date 2005. Perhaps it was intended to be sold at the 2005 festival but was released later for general sale. In any event, it's an invitation to the festival, held in the Old Montreal

Overview

Fruits de la Passion is a sampler disc, presenting music that was heard at the Montreal Baroque Music Festival in 2003 and 2004. It's not clear why it is labeled with the date 2005. Perhaps it was intended to be sold at the 2005 festival but was released later for general sale. In any event, it's an invitation to the festival, held in the Old Montreal neighborhood near the St. Lawrence River. Should you go? The answer is a qualified yes. The mostly Canadian musicians on this disc do not quite deliver state-of-the-art Baroque performances. They're never unpleasant to listen to, but in the main we do not hear the immersion in historical playing techniques that really give music of the seventeenth century, especially, its bite. This reservation is more than counterbalanced, however, by the festival's worthwhile overall concept. It is an indoor-outdoor event, with church music, garden concerts, ceremonial pieces, street music, and perhaps other genres; the selection, of course, varies from year to year. Churches, taverns, and historical houses all participate, and while Old Montreal doesn't go back quite as far as the music played here, it has the right size and atmosphere for this enterprise. The key point is that the distinction between indoor and outdoor music was an important one in the early Baroque era, and this event thus offers a Baroque cross-section rarely sliced anywhere else. This disc opens with a couple of very attractive Acadian songs performed by a small ensemble; if future festivals likewise focus on unusual New World repertories, so much the better. If you plan vacations around musical events, by all means pick up this disc. The varied yet unified sequence of music on the disc also makes it useful for general social-gathering listening, although the inclusion of Arvo Pärt's "Summa" (the festival is not restricted to Baroque music) breaks the mood somewhat.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Atma Classique
UPC:
0722056238625
catalogNumber:
22386
Rank:
242987

Tracks

  1. Work(s): Valses Benoit
  2. Joli bois
  3. Summa, for string orchestra
  4. Cantata No. 7 "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam," BWV 7 (BC A177): Choeur
  5. Cantata No. 7 "Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam," BWV 7 (BC A177): Cantate Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 7. Ar
  6. Cantata No. 167, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe," BWV 167 (BC A176): Choral
  7. Entrée de Luth for lute
  8. Me, me, and none but me, for 4 voices & lute (Third Book of Songs)
  9. La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Acte II. Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi
  10. Galliard Battaglia, for brass ensemble ("Battle Suite")
  11. O quam suavis, motet for 7 voices
  12. Messe à quatre choeurs, for 12 voices, quadruple chorus, strings & continuo, H. 4: Sanctus
  13. Messe à quatre choeurs, for 12 voices, quadruple chorus, strings & continuo, H. 4: Agnus Dei
  14. Pavane et Gaillarde de la Guerre à 4 (Troisième Livre de danseries, Paris, 1557)

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