Noel Baroque: Baroque Christmas

Noel Baroque: Baroque Christmas

by Ensemble Masques
     
 

A delightful excursion into Christmas music of the 17th and early 18th centuries, Noël Baroque will be many listeners' first introduction to Masques, a young and talented early music ensemble based in Montreal. If the title leads you to expect a French-focused program, you'll be surprised to find music from Italy, Ireland, Spain,…  See more details below

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A delightful excursion into Christmas music of the 17th and early 18th centuries, Noël Baroque will be many listeners' first introduction to Masques, a young and talented early music ensemble based in Montreal. If the title leads you to expect a French-focused program, you'll be surprised to find music from Italy, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal as well, all of it elegantly performed and setting a refined but festive mood. Just over half the disc is strictly instrumental, including the charming noëls by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Michel Richard Delalande, based on popular carols of the period. These often evoke a pastoral mood, as does a concerto for strings by Gaetano Maria Schiassi. Soprano soloist Catherine Webster adds her attractive and versatile voice (in four different languages) to the remainder of the program, among which the most substantial work comes from the best-known composer here, Alessandro Scarlatti. In his Cantata pastorale, the shepherds are urged to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and a present-day listener can't help but notice the coincidental resemblance to "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" that often occurs in the string accompaniment. Here, Webster's voice is that of the angel addressing the shepherds; she switches roles for the album's final selection, Antonio de Salazar's villancico "Tarara tarara qui yo soy Antóniyo," where she sings the part of a young shepherd inviting his listeners to visit the manger. Anyone who hears this CD will find it hard to resist her beckoning tones -- and will want to follow the further adventures of the Masques ensemble as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2005
Label:
Analekta
UPC:
0774204990824
catalogNumber:
29908

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Tracks

  1. Noëls (6) sur les Instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 534: Joseph est bien marié

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Joseph est bien marié  (01:50)
  2. Noëls (6) sur les Instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 534: Or nous dites Marie

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Or nous dites Marie  (02:28)
  3. Noëls (3) sur les instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531: Laissez paître vos bêtes

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Laissez paître vos bêtes  (00:59)
  4. Noëls (3) sur les instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531: Vous qui désirez sans fin

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Vous qui désirez sans fin  (02:06)
  5. Noëls (6) sur les Instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 534: À la venue de Noël

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. À la venue de Noël  (01:54)
  6. Noëls (3) sur les instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 531: O Créateur

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. O Créateur  (02:06)
  7. Noëls (6) sur les Instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 534: Une jeule pucelle

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Une jeule pucelle  (02:01)
  8. Noëls (6) sur les Instruments, for 2 flutes, strings & continuo, H. 534: Où s'en vont ces gais bergers?

    • Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Où s'en vont ces gais bergers?  (01:45)
  9. Christmas Day Is Come (Irish, Cty. Wexford), carol  - Christmas Traditional  - Mario Labbe  - Lise Greffard  (05:53)
  10. Oh di Betlemme altera povertà, chamber cantata for soprano & strings ("Cantata pastorale per la natività di Nostre Signore")

    • Alessandro Scarlatti
    • Mario Labbe
    • Catherine Webster
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Introduzione  (01:46)
    2. Recitativo. "O di Betlemme altera"  (00:40)
    3. Aria. Dal bel seno d'una stella  (02:16)
    4. Recitativo. Presa d'uomo la forma  (00:48)
    5. Aria. L'autor d'ogni mio bene  (04:57)
    6. Recitativo. Fortunati pastori  (00:42)
    7. Aria. Toccò la prima sorte a voi  (08:49)
  11. Sinfonia pastorale per il santissimo natale di nostro Jesu (Christmas Symphony in D major)

    • Gaetano Maria Schiassi
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Adagio  (01:39)
    2. Allegro  (02:41)
    3. Largo spiccato  (01:05)
    4. Andante (pastorale)  (03:06)
  12. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: 1re Simphonie

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. 1re Simphonie  (01:38)
  13. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: Où s'en vont ces gais bergers?

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Où s'en vont ces gais bergers?  (03:00)
  14. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: 2e Simphonie

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. 2e Simphonie  (01:21)
  15. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: Ritournelle

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Ritournelle  (00:30)
  16. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: Une Jeule Pucelle

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Une jeule pucelle  (02:20)
  17. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: 3e Simphonie

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. 3e Simphonie  (00:22)
  18. Symphonies des Noëls (23), for orchestra, S. 130: Elle allait au temple

    • Michel-Richard Delalande
    • Mario Labbe
    • Lise Greffard
    1. Elle allait au temple  (01:20)
  19. Noel nouvelet  - Christmas Traditional  - Mario Labbe  - Lise Greffard  (03:48)
  20. Tarara qui yo soy Antón  - Antonio de Salazar  - Mario Labbe  - Catherine Webster  - Lise Greffard  (03:11)

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