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Choir of New College Oxford
Guest soloist Robyn Allegra Parton
Directed by Edward Higginbottom
Marc-Antoine Charpentier has been hailed as France's greatest seventeenth-century composer. This latest release by New College Choir shows you why. In the oratorio Caecilia virgo et martyr (H397), the composer tells in vivid emotional detail the story of St Caecilia, her faith and martyrdom. With an equal level of intensity he marks the death of Queen Marie-Thérèse in the grand motet De profundis clamavi (H189). And at the end of his life, as music master at La Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, he sets the psalm Conserva me Domine (H230) with a rare ingenuity. Three large-scale works from three different phases in Charpentier's life reveal with eloquence his range and accomplishment – we need to hear more of his music!
1 Conserva me, Domine (H 230)
2 Caecilia Virgo et Martyr (H 397)
3 De Profundis Clamavi (H 189)
Total Playing time: 72'35''
Recorded at St Michael's Church, Summertown, Oxford, July 2012
Released September 2013
Novum: NCR 1387
__ 'Higginbottom's immersion in and passion for French Baroque music comes through clearly and the quality and professsionalism of these young singers (the trebles especially) is striking.'
BBC Radio 3 CD Review 21 September 2013
'I cannot recommend this disc too highly, you feel the performer's live and breathe 17th century French music.' Robert Hugill
'With masterly direction Edward Higginbottom draws a remarkable range of tone colour from his Choir of New College Oxford with the voices blending together quite gloriously to compelling reverential effect. Since the François Couperin release the group of trebles may have lost the outstanding voice of Jonty Ward but their quality of vocal character still remains strong. Praise too is due to the players of the Oxford Baroque for their unfailing support. Recorded at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford the Novum engineers are to be congratulated for providing first class sound quality being crisp, clear and well balanced. I must emphasise the booklet notes penned by Edward Higginbottom which are as comprehensive as one has come to expect complete with full Latin texts and English translations. Stunningly performed by the immaculately prepared Choir of New College Oxford this Novum release of sacred choral music from Marc-Antoine Charpentier is of the highest quality and deserves significant praise.'