Saturday, 30 June 2012

Men and Angels - a recommendation

Arianna Savall

Talking of French music, I strongly use you to watch what must rank among YouTube's most captivating videos - a beautiful concert by Jordi Savall and his marvellous Le Concert des Nations of music by the great French Baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (c.1636-1704). As well as various heart-tugging viol pieces, there are a number of French music's finest vocal jewels - the rapt dialogue between men and the angels Canticum in honorem Beatae Virginis Mariae inter homines et angelos, H400 , the hypnotically serene Stabat mater pour des religieuses, H15,  the contrapuntal yet contemplative Litanies de la vierge, H83 and the composer's beautiful final mass setting, the Missa Assumpta est Maria

Beauty everywhere.

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