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Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)

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Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)

A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel
by Lacoste, Lalande, Rameau, Rousseau, Fiocco & Mondonville
Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68035 | Time: 01:12:55

A welcome return of Carolyn Sampson and Ex Cathedra to Hyperion, performing the rich, fulsome music of the French Baroque. Their recording of love songs from Rameau’s operas (Hyperion CDA67447) was hugely acclaimed for Sampson’s stylish, fluid, seductive performances, and ten years later her artistry is even more dazzling.

This album is of particular interest as rather than concentrating on one composer it showcases the works written for the premiere soprano of the day, Marie Fel. Voltaire called her his ‘adorable nightingale’. For d’Aquin, she was an enchanted being. Marie Fel was the soprano who held an entire generation spellbound at the Paris Opéra and at Louis XV’s court during one of the most glorious periods of French music. With a voice described as ‘pure, charming, silvery’ (La Borde), ‘touching and sublime’ (Grimm) and ‘always lovely, always seductive’ (d’Aquin), she inspired some of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s finest music and introduced a whole new level of virtuosity and expression into the French singing tradition. Her long, triumphant career is traced through this fascinating recording.

Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)

It is no longer enough for recitals merely to bunch together a dozen or so favourite lollipops. The most stimulating essays in the genre are revealing a clear fashion for a proper conceptual theme that requires some scholarly research and creative programming, placing musical entertainment and philological exploration on an equal par. The shortlisted finalists for this year's Recital Award typify this trend, and best of the distinguished crop is Jeffrey Skidmore and Carolyn Sampson's exposition of the career of Marie Fel (1713-94), the daughter of a Bordeaux organist and mentioned in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions (his 1752 setting of Salve Regina is clearly influenced by the Neapolitan school of Pergolesi & co.). Fel made her debut at the Académie Royale de Musique (ie the Paris Opéra) as Venus in a revival of Louis Lacoste's Philomèle in October 1734; the radiant Sampson leads the assembled choral and orchestral forces of Ex Cathedra through Lacoste's nine-minute 'Ah quand reviendront nos beaux jours?'.From 1739 Fel performed in many of Rameau's productions of operas, but this tea; of ;musicians has already recorded an accomplished anthology of Rameau's operatic scenes (also for Hyperion), so this time the greatest French Baroque master gets relatively minimal attention with three well-chosen contrasting samples; Télaïre's plaintive bassoon-driven lament 'Tristes apprêts' from Castor et Pollux, admired later by Berlioz, is an entirely different theatrical animal from a charming divertissement from les surprises de l'Amour', in which numerous colourful orchestral effects illustrate the siren Parthénope's casting a spell upon an enchanted lyre. A broad range of sacred pieces reveal Fel's activities at the Concert Spirituel, including extracts from motets by Mondonville and a virtuosic extract from Lalande's Cantate Domino that was included in her last public performance on Christmas Day 1769. Skidmore's expert direction, Ex Cathedra's stylish orchestra (and expert choir) and Sampson's sincere singing ensure that this is both musically thrilling and a fascinating contextual journey.

Review by David Vickers, Gramophone

This extremely well researched recording is captivating. Based on repertoire performed by Marie Fel, the ‘Jenny Lind’ of the court of Louis XV, it ranges from the restrained elegance of de Lalande to the Italianate excitement of Mondonville. Coming to the French capital in 1734, Fel was lead soprano in the Paris Opéra—often creating principal roles in operas by Rameau—while also taking major roles in the Concerts Spirituels. In a time of musical change, she would have sung in many different styles, from the Lullian traditional right through to the Italian-influenced music of the 1730s and later.

In standing in for Fel, Carolyn Sampson is quite remarkable. She has the capacity to soften the vocal line with carefully controlled vibrato, but also deploys tone of crystalline clarity. There are many highlights, but the characteristically colourful excerpt from Mondonville's Daphnis et Alcimadure is particularly delightful as is Rameau’s La lyre enchantée.

Throughout, Jeffrey Skidmore and the orchestra offer dependable support as does the choir, but, notwithstanding the slightly overambient acoustic, what shines out is Sampson’s singing: bright, vibrant, responsive and entirely in tune with the expressive language and virtuosic demands of the period.

Review by Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine

Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)



Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)



Recording details: June 2013
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom

Tracklist:

Louis Lacoste (c1675-c1750)
01. Philomèle - Prologue Sc. 1 Ah! quand reviendront nos beaux jours? (9:01)

Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)
02. Exsurgat Deus, S.71 - 5. Regna terrae (2:29)
Te Deum laudamus, S.32
03. 1. Sinfonie (1:48)
04. 8. Tu rex gloriae (1:58)
05. 9. Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem (3:22)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
Salve regina
06. 1. Salve regina, salve mater (4:32)
07. 2. Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Evae (0:50)
08. 3. O clemens, o pia (4:17)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
09. Castor & Pollux - Act 1 Sc. 2-3 Un tendre intérêt vous appelle - Tristes apprêts (7:03)
10. Platée - Act 3 Sc. 4 Amour, lance tes traits (3:07)

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1711-1772)
11. Daphnis & Alcimadure - Act 1 Sc. 2 Gasouillats auzeléts (3:48)

Joseph Hector Fiocco (1703-1741)
Fiocco: Laudate pueri
12. 1. Laudate pueri (1:32)
13. 3. A solis ortu (3:19)
14. 4. Alleluia (1:53)

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
15. Venite, exsultemus - 4. Venite, adoremus (3:04)

Jean-Philippe Rameau
La lyre enchantée
16. 1. Accordez vos sons & vos pas (3:44)
17. 2. Gavotte: Lyre enchanteresse (1:52)
18. 3. Écoutons … D'un doux frémissement (1:54)
19. 4. Vole, Amour, prête-moi tes armes (3:36)
20. 5. Contredanse (1:45)

Michel-Richard de Lalande
21. Cantate Domino, S.72 - 5. Viderunt omnes termini terrae (5:08)

Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville
22. Venite, exsultemus - 6. Hodie si vocem (2:53)


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Carolyn Sampson, Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore - A French Baroque Diva: Arias for Marie Fel (2014)