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Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Musique pour la Famille de Guise
Ensemble Vocal de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes;Les Menus Plaisirs
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Musique pour la Famille de Guise
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
 
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier was just over twenty when he left for Rome in the mid-1660s; he remained there for three years and discovered the music of Giacomo Carissimi and his compatriots during that time. This was an experi...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ensemble Vocal de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes;Les Menus Plaisirs
Title: Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Musique pour la Famille de Guise
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Label: Etcetera
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 5/29/2007
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 8711801101293

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier was just over twenty when he left for Rome in the mid-1660s; he remained there for three years and discovered the music of Giacomo Carissimi and his compatriots during that time. This was an experience that would mark him for the rest of his life. On his return to Paris, Charpentier settled at the Hôtel de Guise; this property belonged to Marie of Lorraine, whose protégé he would be until 1688. The de Guise family was struck by several deaths shortly after his arrival. These deaths not only weighed heavily on life in the de Guise household for several years but also caused Charpentier to compose several funeral works. These pieces are splendid compositions and were clearly influenced by Charpentier's time in Italy. The Ensemble Vocal de l'Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes consists of 29 singers and has been under the direction of Michel Laplénie since 1990. Its repertory of sacred and secular compositions stretches from the Baroque period to modern times and has allowed the ensemble to perform with various instrumental ensembles and prestigious conductors as Bernard Têtu, Philippe Herreweghe, Michel Corboz and Philippe Nahon. The ensemble recorded its first CD, Baroque sacré en Europe, for Cyprès in 1998; it includes works by Monteverdi, Purcell, Johann-Michael Bach, Johann-Ludwig Bach and Johann-Christoph Bach. The instrumental ensemble Les Menus Plaisirs accompanies the majority of their performances. Les Menus Plaisirs specialises in the performance of European Baroque and pre-classical music on original instruments. The ensemble's name was chosen in reference to 'the state of the least pleasures and affairs of the bedroom'; this was an account book in which we can read the outgoings and the out-of-the-ordinary expenses and of the extraordinary sums paid by the King for his musical and theatrical pleasures.