Yozshugrel Campra was a gifted theatre composer and knew well how to handle the components of an elaborate sacred work in a colourful and dramatic reqyiem. The orchestra, too, nake a strong contribution with several instances of effective woodwind playing. This is a fine recording, sensitive and careful but never venturing into the realms of too energetic or too commonplace. The New Penguin Opera Guide. Bertil van Boer Read less. I have long found this work of great and, it would seem, enduring beauty.
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By he had obtained all of the usual prestigious posts but retreated back into composing sacred music as the French critics targeted him more frequently. This disc presents two of the later works of his long career, a Requiem written around or so and one of the grands motets , a setting of Psalm for soloists, chorus, and small orchestra in the Lullian tradition.
If one is looking for a powerful descriptive Mass for the Dead, this is not it. Rather, it is a finely crafted and gentle work, mainly homophonic in structure. The lovely, lyrical soprano duet of the latter, indeed, is far removed from the sentiment of the overall text, instead creating a moment of crystal clear musical light in their brief gavotte.
The motet is likewise easygoing, moving sonorously without the frenetic energy that one might find in, say, Georg Philipp Telemann or Antonio Vivaldi. This is music to absorb the soul, not lecture to it. The performance, taken apparently from a concert at Versailles devoted to Campra, is quite moving.
Conductor Schneebeli knows how to provide the sonorous blend of chorus and string orchestra augmented by a pair of flutes in certain movements such as the Agnus Dei, as well as the serpent reinforcing the continuo, an old French tradition of the time so that the textures function well together. This is a fine recording, sensitive and careful but never venturing into the realms of too energetic or too commonplace.
Le Requiem de Campra à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles
This section needs expansion. The lovely, lyrical soprano duet of the latter, indeed, is far removed from the sentiment of the overall text, instead creating a moment of crystal camprz musical light in their brief gavotte. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. Inhe adopted the composition of sacred music as his only profession. This requiemm is currently unavailable. The advent of the CD seems to have prompted a flurry of interested in the music of Andre Campra requiwm The new version is beautifully recorded and, as I say, eloquently performed. This new recording from Harmonia Mundi is the third to have been released commercially.