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CHARPENTIER, M.-A.: Messe de Minuit pour Noel / Te Deum (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon)

Composer(s):Charpentier, Marc-Antoine
Artist(s)
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.557229
Label Naxos
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Kevin Mallon and his excellent Canadian group, the Aradia Ensemble, give bright, clear readings of two of the most popular of Charpentier’s choral works. This period performance of the Prélude for the Te Deum is very different from the one that used to introduce Eurovision programmes; it is altogether lighter and more joyful, with an exuberant display of timpani at the start and with bright trumpet flourishes throughout. In the Christmas Mass Mallon equally brings out the joy of the writing, giving more prominence than usual to carols that punctuate the Kyrie, and springing rhythms infectiously in writing that in many sections offers a thoughtfully original setting of the liturgy. The Dixit Dominus, with its unexpectedly gentle

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