Charpentier: Histoires Sacrées

 
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MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER
Charpentier: Histoires Sacrées
Ensemble Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé

[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Friday 12 April 2019

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier is the only composer of the age of Louis XIV to have distinguished himself so remarkably in the genre of the 'sacred history': he wrote more than thirty such works, all composed after his residence in Italy. Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances have carefully extracted from this outstanding corpus a number of gems that reflect both his experience in Rome (probably studying with Carissimi, the master of the oratorio) and the humanist concerns of an entire period. Like a miniature opera, each piece relates an exemplary destiny, including several strong-willed women (Judith, Cecilia, Mary Magdalene) and a deep friendship put to the test (Mors Saülis and Jonathæ).