A French Baroque Diva

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Michel-Richard de Lalande, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis Lacoste

Genre:

Vocal

Label: Hyperion

Media Format: CD or Download

Media Runtime: 72

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: CDA68035

CDA68035. A French Baroque Diva. Carolyn Sampson

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Philomèle, Movement: Ah! quand reviendront nos beaux jours? Louis Lacoste, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Louis Lacoste, Composer
Exsurgat Deus, Movement: Regna terrae Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Te Deum, Movement: Tu rex gloriae Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Te Deum, Movement: Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Salve Regina Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Castor et Pollux, Movement: Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Platée (Junon jalouse), Movement: Amour, lance les traits Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Daphnis et Alcimadure, Movement: Gasouillats auzelets Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Laudate pueri, Movement: Laudate pueri Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Laudate pueri, Movement: A solis ortu Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Laudate pueri, Movement: Alleluia Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer
Venite exultemus, Movement: Venite adoremus Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
(Les) surprises de l'Amour, Movement: La lyre enchantée Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Cantate Domino, Movement: Viderunt omnes termini terrae Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
Michel-Richard de Lalande, Composer
Venite exultemus, Movement: Hodie si vocem Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Ex Cathedra
Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Composer
Jeffrey Skidmore, Conductor
This is a brilliantly planned and executed, musically illustrated biography of Marie Fel, one of the great 18th-century divas and muse of Rameau, admired by the Philosophes and adored by Paris audiences. So don’t be put off by the apparently recherché repertoire: this is a programme that pleases as much today as it did in hers, guided by Graham Sadler’s beautifully crafted booklet-notes.

Fel made her Opéra debut in a 1734 revival of Louis Lacoste’s Philomèle, singing the role of Venus. Carolyn Sampson, in superb form, is joined here by the choir of Ex Cathedra, who sing with precision and clarity of articulation in a lovely bright acoustic. As well as at the opera house, Fel also performed at the public concerts held in the Tuileries, where she was a soloist in Latin choral and orchestral music by Lalande, Mondonville, Rousseau and the Italian Fiocco, as well as in private performances of the theatre works by Mondonville and Rameau at Fontainebleau and Versailles included (mainly excerpts) on this disc.

The orchestra of Ex Cathedra, led by Margaret Faultless, provide stirring and sympathetic accompaniments for this varied succession of virtuoso vocal vehicles. Flautist Rachel Brown performs the exquisite solo and concertante lines in Mondonville’s Venite, adoremus and illuminates the sound of the lyre with her piccolo in Rameau’s divertissement from Les surprises de l’Amour. There is also sensitive concertante playing by the bassoonists in ‘Tristes apprêts’ and, with the addition of the oboist Gail Hennessy, in the movement from Lalande’s Cantate Domino.

Best of all, the longer we listen to Sampson’s voice, the more she seems to inhabit the aura of Fel, clearly a skilled and charismatic yet deeply affecting performer. Fel’s artistic flexibility is further demonstrated by the inclusion of the Fiocco (here performed with ornamentation Fel wrote into her part), Mondonville’s frothy pastorale – obliging Sampson to sing in Fel’s native Occitan – and Rousseau’s bang-up-to-date Salve regina, which obliges the soloist to blend her voice with the horns. Sampson’s performance is the more admirable for evoking the spirit of another singer.

Start to finish, Jeffrey Skidmore devotedly shapes and paces the programme to achieve a fittingly vivid portrait of Mlle Fel.

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