Lalande: Grands Motets (live) / Schneebeli
Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles; Schneebeli, Olivier; Joron, François; Abadie, Lisandro; Collegium Marianum; Santon-Jeffery, Chantal; Mechelen, Reinoud Van
One of the great composing figures from the French Baroque, Michel-Richard de Lalande is starting to receive his just dues through modern recordings, and Glossa is happy to unveil a new release featuring Olivier Schneebeli directing Les Pages et Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in three of Lalande’s sumptuous grands motets. Very much a favored composer during the reign of Louis XIV, Lalande progressively assumed – from the1680s onwards – more and more of the principal court offices, and was called upon to provide sacred music for the Chapelle Royale within the Château de Versailles. Although the new chapel was not consecrated until 1710, the trio of grands motets recorded here will have been conceived of according to the chapel’s architectural and acoustical characteristics. Much detailed performing information from Lalande’s time is known today – including number of instrumental forces used and about the composer’s later revisions of his scores – and Venite, exultemus Domino, De profundis and Dominus regnavit all receive expressive and meticulously-prepared performances within the Chapelle Royale itself. To the quality of preparation of the CMBV maîtrise can be added the presence of a quartet of vocal soloists deeply experienced in the style of music from this time: Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Reinoud Van Mechelen, François Joron and Lisandro Abadie. Likewise, the contribution of Jana Semerádová’s Collegium Marianum provides exemplary instrumental support to Schneebeli’s direction in this new CMBV production.