On the CD which comes with this, the first volume of ‘100% Gypsy Guitar’, each piece of music is recorded twice : first guitar with a backing band, second with just the band (playback) for you to practise with.All the things you are - Caravan - Djan - How high the moon - I got rhythm - Lady be good - Les feuilles mortes - Les yeux noirs - Minor blues - Swing gitan
Antonio Vivaldi's probably early Nisi Dominus, RV 608, and Stabat Mater, RV 621, both for solo voice and ensemble, have received several top-notch recordings, so the listener can pick on the basis of voice type and stylistic preference. Countertenor David Daniels has essayed the pair with Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante ensemble, and you can hear the preternaturally rich contralto Sara Mingardo in a reading with the fiery Italian Baroque specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini. Here you get a countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, in the Nisi Dominus and a female contralto, Canadian Marie-Nicole Lemieux, in the Stabat Mater. The pairing robs the whole of unity at one level, but makes musical sense; the Nisi Dominus is a more athletic work that benefits from the power of the male voice, while the Stabat Mater, especially in Vivaldi's truncated and highly dramatic setting, may require the audience to identify with a female singer. In the event, Jaroussky is nothing short of sublime in slow sections like the "Cum dederit" (track 4), a masterpiece of quiet tension whose effects are amplified by the extreme, almost respiratory sensitivity of the Ensemble Matheus under director Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Hardly less effective is Lemieux, with an extremely emotional reading in which she seems to mean every word. A bonus on this disc not present on the others is a little Crucifixus from the Credo in G major, RV 592, featuring both singers and well placed in the middle of the program. Superb examples of Baroque vocal art all around, with sound that captures the subtlety and the full dynamic range of the music, which at times gets very hushed indeed.(James Manheim)
Dans la chaleur d'une île grecque, un homme se cache pour échapper à ses poursuivants. Il évoque sa vie hors du commun et tente de démêler l'écheveau de son destin.
Fils d'un modeste pelletier, il est devenu l'homme le plus riche de France. Il a permis à Charles VII de terminer la guerre de Cent Ans. Il a changé le regard sur l'Orient. Avec lui, l'Europe est passée du temps des croisades à celui de l'échange. …