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Charles-Hubert Gervais: Grands Motets

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
28-10-2022
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Label:
Barcode:
8424562240131
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
GCD924013
GCD924013
GCD924013

Description

Amply demonstrating that Charles-Hubert Gervais didn't just excel in composing operas, Gyorgy Vashegyi turns his attention to the French Baroque composer's sacred music, with this new disc of Grands Motets, containing five extended and sumptuous psalms and hymns, involving soloists, chorus and orchestra.

Gervais' relative modern-day anonymity in this genre can to a large extent be placed at the door of historical circumstance: during the end of the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, he was employed by the king's younger brother Philippe d'Orleans and continued so during d'Orleans Regency. It wasn't until 1723 that Gervais obtained an official post as one of the four sous-maotres of the Chapelle du Roi. At this point, any motet he wrote went straight into the royal library without publication and has required today's transcribers to create performing editions.

Tones of celebration, relief (on Louis XVI's recovery from a nasty illness), solemnity, meditation, a dash of restrained theatricality, bold harmonies and lighter orchestral textures than with Lalande (or Bernier and Campra) provide Vashegyi's Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra with plenty of scope to demonstrate their collective mastery and experience of the idiom.

György Vashegyi was born in Budapest in 1970 and started his musical studies as an instrumentalist: he played the violin, flauto dolce, the oboe (then the baroque oboe) and the harpsichord. At the age 18 he became a student of conducting under Ervin Lukács at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, obtaining his diploma with distinction in 1993. In 1990 he founded the Purcell Choir in Budapest for a concert performance of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas, and one year later the Orfeo Orchestra with which he performed the complete L'Orfeo by Monteverdi for the first time in Hungary. Since then the two ensembles have become Hungary's leading early music group: their main repertoire ranges from Gesualdo to Haydn and Mozart, but they also perform later compositions.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: I. Exaudi, deus, orationem meam
  3. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: II. Contristatus sum in exercitatione mea
  4. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: III. Cor meum conturbatum est in me
  5. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: IV. Quis dabit mihi pennas sicut
  6. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: V. Expectabam eum qui salvum me fecit
  7. Gervais: Exaudi Deus: VI. Jacta super Dominum curam tuam
  8. Gervais: O filii et filiae: I. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
  9. Gervais: O filii et filiae: II. Et mane prima sabbati
  10. Gervais: O filii et filiae: III. Et Maria Magdalene
  11. Gervais: O filii et filiae: IV. In albis sedens Angelus
  12. Gervais: O filii et filiae: V. Et Joannes Apostolus
  13. Gervais: O filii et filiae: VI. Discipulis adstantibus
  14. Gervais: O filii et filiae: VII. Ut intellexit Didymus
  15. Gervais: O filii et filiae: VIII. Vide, Thoma, vide latus
  16. Gervais: O filii et filiae: IX. Beati qui non viderunt
  17. Gervais: O filii et filiae: X. In hoc festo sanctissimo
  18. Gervais: Judica me Deus: I. Judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam
  19. Gervais: Judica me Deus: II. Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea quare me reppulisti
  20. Gervais: Judica me Deus: III. Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam
  21. Gervais: Judica me Deus: IV. Et introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum
  22. Gervais: Judica me Deus: V. Confitebor tibi in cithara, Deus, Deus meus
  23. Gervais: Judica me Deus: VI. Spera in Deo
  24. Gervais: Usquequo Domine: I. Usquequo, Domine
  25. Gervais: Usquequo Domine: II. Usquequo exaltabitur inimicus meus
  26. Gervais: Usquequo Domine: III. Illumina oculos meos
  27. Gervais: Usquequo Domine: IV. Qui tribulant me
  28. Gervais: Usquequo Domine: V. Exultabit cor meum
  29. Gervais: Te Deum: I. Te Deum laudamus
  30. Gervais: Te Deum: II. Tibi omnes angeli
  31. Gervais: Te Deum: III. Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
  32. Gervais: Te Deum: IV. Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus
  33. Gervais: Te Deum: V. Te per orbem terrarum
  34. Gervais: Te Deum: VI. Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium
  35. Gervais: Te Deum: VII. Tu, ad liberandum suscepturus hominem
  36. Gervais: Te Deum: VIII. Judex crederis esse venturus
  37. Gervais: Te Deum: IX. Te ergo quaesumus
  38. Gervais: Te Deum: X. Per singulos dies benedicimus te
  39. Gervais: Te Deum: XI. Dignare, Domine, die isto
  40. Gervais: Te Deum: XII. In te, Domine, speravi
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