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Volume 8 Issue 8 - May 2003

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) NEW AND RECENT RELEASES Monteverdi - Vespro della Beata Vergine Tragicomedia; Concerto Palatino; Stephen Stubbs ATMA Baroque ACD2 2304/05 Carissirrii - Historia di Jephte; Damnatorum; Lamento Le Parlement de Musique; Martin Gester Opus 111 OP 30296 Here are two exceptional discs featuring repertoire of the first half of the .17th Century. The first, Tragicomedia's performance of Claudio Monteverdi's famed 1610 Vespers, recorded in the Pieterskerk in Leiden, The Netherlands. The second recording, performed by Le Parlement de Musique is centred around Giacomo Carissimi 's most moving oratorio, Jephte. Both of these recordings are spartan in terms of vocal forces, wisely adhering to the aesthetic of one voice per part. This creates a clarity that allows the emotive qualities of the compositions to clearly shine through. And nowhere are these "affects" so moving as in the final chorus of Jephte, a lament mourning the imminent death of the ruler's beloved daughter as the unexpected sacrifice for his victory in war. Framing this work on the disc are two more of Carissimi' s oratorios, polar opposites Damnatorum (Damnation) lamentatio and Felicitas beatorum (The Happiness of the Blessed). Also included are motets by Girolamo Fresi;obaldi and sinfonias by Lelio Colista. · The Concerto Palatino comets and trombones join forces· with Tragicom ed ia for the Monteverdi Vespers. Otherwise the ensembles Tragicomedia led by Stephen Stubbs & Le Parlement de musique' led by Martin Gester have almost identical instrumentation. In the Carissimi disc, we have the opportunity to hear a solo partita for baroque harp by Frescobaldi. Included on the Vespers disc are organ works by Heinrich Scheidemann, a North German con- temporary of Monteverdi and pupil of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The works by Scheidemann, a composer known for his "cheerful sweetness" are admirably performed by Leo Van Doeselaar. And speaking of sweetness, the Vespers' "Pulchra es" is · performed at its sweetest by Suzie LeBlanc and Barbara Borden. Dianne Wells Concert Note: Monteverdi concens: May 10, 4 pm/Toronto Chamber Choir; May 10, 8 pm/Burlington Civic; May 11, 3 pm/Christ Church Deer Pdrk/Calvin .perform the Vespers. Le Mozart Noir Music of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Sain~-Georges Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon Melsted is the featured soloist in the Violin Conceno in D Major, op. 3, no. I by the "black Mozart", and Genevieve Gilardeau in the excerpt from Leclair's Violin Conceno in F Major, op.JO, no.4. . It's not hard to imagine what a fine player this Chevalier was, and how his extraordinary technical gifts must have guided his writing, particularly for the solo violin. The ardent listener is rewarded with many moments of exquisite beauty. Frank T. Nakashima Conc(!rt Note: Tafelmusik performs Vivaldi 's L 'Estro Armonico May 21 thru 25 at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre and May 27 at George Weston RH. Berlioz: Arias Roberto Alagna EMI 557433-2 CBC Records SMCD 5225 ,Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ · Already the soundtrack of an inter- La Chapelle Royale national film, Le Mozan Nair, pro- Collegium Vocale duced by Toronto-based M.edia Orchestre des Champs Elysees Headquarters in collaboration with Philippe Herreweghe, conductor Tafelmusik, this story of one Joseph Harmonia Mundi Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georg- HMX2901632.33 es, a composer and violinist work- These two recordings offer a great ing at the time of Mozart, a black way to celebrate the 200th anniverman in the aristocratic society of 18th- sary of the birth of Hector Berlioz - century France, is one that might a disc (the first,. to my knowledge) easily be converted into a Hollywood devoted solely to arias from Berlioz's film script. Considered to be one of · operas and concert works, sung by the most important musicians in Paris one of the leading t\!nors of our day, during the pre-Revolutionary period, Roberto Alagna, as well as the realso the finest swordsman in Europe, release of Philippe Herreweghe's it is not a coincidence that his com- radiant recording of Berlioz's only positions are compared to Mozart's. oratorio, L 'Enfance du Christ. This recording offers ample evidence Aeneas' s first appearance in Berof his skill, particularly when per- lioz's five-and-a-half hour masterformed by of Tafelmusik. piece Les Troyens, ".Du peuple et Le Mozan Nair includes both of des soldats", has to be one of the Saint-Georges' two extant sympho- most unusual and demanding ennies and works by two of his men- trances of a lead character in an opto rs, Jean-Marie Leclair and era. 'Alagna describes Laocoon's Frarn;:ois-Joseph Gossec . Linda death with convincing horror. In the NAXOS DISC OF THE MONTH v., .. "~h( -q ~f~ {',~~ ~. nm.~ t

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