Charpentier Christie

Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)

Les Passions, Jean-Marc Andrieu - Charpentier: Beata est Maria (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 56:22 | 323 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Ligia Digital | Catalog: 0202233-11

Beata es Maria is made up primarily of vocal music in praise of the Virgin that features three men's voices, a counter tenor, tenor, and bass. It's an especially attractive ensemble, and Charpentier, who is known to have sometimes sung the tenor parts, knew how to make the vocal lines terrifically appealing. The Magnificat that opens the album beautifully illustrates his skill in taking a much-used convention the chaconne, with a harmonic progression that (the composer reports) repeats 89 times and keeping it endlessly intriguing with his inventive handling of the voices.
City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)

City of London Sinfonia, George Guest - Charpentier: Messe de minuit pour Noel, Poulenc: Motets (1989)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:37 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Sacred | Label: Chandos | Catalog: CHAN 10048 X

With four recordings in six months, this seems to be open season for the Poulenc motets. The newcomers are up against stiff competition, and don't emerge unscathed from comparison either with the college next door (under Marlow on Conifer) or with the choir under the musical director of the one further along the road (Rutter on Collegium/Gamut).
Ensemble Correspondances & Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge, Motets pour la maison de Guise (2014) [24/88]

Ensemble Correspondances & Sébastien Daucé - Charpentier: Litanies de la Vierge, Motets pour la maison de Guise (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 60:24 minutes | 1.00 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

The harmonia mundi label, once well known for specializing in the French Baroque repertoire, makes a welcome and triumphant return to this treasure trove of musical delights. For their first release on harmonia mundi, Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances present a sumptuous interpretation of the six-voice motets composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier for the House of Guise.
Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)

Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Duetti (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 382 Mb | Total time: 74:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 5099907094323 | Recorded: 2011

This album of Baroque cantatas and chamber duets grew out of a 2007 performance of Stefano Landi's 1631 opera Il Sant'Alessio starring Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic (among the eight countertenors in the cast) with William Christie conducting Les Arts Florissants. Christie was so impressed with the blend of Jaroussky and Cencic's voices that he brought them together to explore the vast and rarely performed repertoire of late 17th and early 18th century Italian duets for equal voices.
Boston Early Music Festival - Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers, La Couronne des Fleurs (2014)

Boston Early Music Festival - Charpentier: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers, La Couronne des Fleurs (2014)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 79:11 | 487 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: CPO | Catalog: cpo777876-2

Based on a program presented at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2011, this recording, made in a German radio studio in 2013, offers a pair of little-known short operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. One of the two, La descente d'Orphee aux enfers (not to be confused with a similarly titled cantata), either was left unfinished or has been partially lost; it is missing a finale and resolution to the plot.
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bien que l'amour...  Airs Sérieux et à Boìre (2016)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Bien que l'amour… Airs Sérieux et à Boìre (2016)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 80:05 | 404 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Harmonia Mundi | Catalog: HAF8905276

The French Baroque air has not been much recorded, even in comparison with the earlier strophic air de cour. But the veteran ensemble Les Arts Florissants, under American-French director William Christie, having brought exposure to a good deal of previously unknown French music, is not slowing down in this regard, and this delightful collection of "serious and drinking airs" might well stimulate other performers to explore the repertory.
Ensemble de violes Orlando Gibbons, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Sigismondo D'India: Madrigals (1998)

Ensemble de violes Orlando Gibbons, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie - Sigismondo D'India: Madrigals (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers + Digital Booklet | 64:48 | 250 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Erato | Catalog: 3984-23418-2

The Sicilian nobleman Sigismondo d'India was roughly contemporary with Monteverdi (both began their careers around 1600); the musical ferment of that period led, in d'India's case, to a very heady brew. His madrigals–duets, solos and five-voice works–are like inebriated Monteverdi: d'India set the Italian poetic texts (usually dealing with a lover's pain) with even less regard for academic counterpoint and even more surprising twists of harmony than did his more-famous colleague, yet the music never veers into the disorienting, seemingly willful weirdness of Gesualdo.
William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, Lorraine Hunt - Charpentier: Medee [1995]

Charpentier - Médée (William Christie, Lorraine Hunt) [1995]
Classical | Erato 4509-96558-2 | TT: 195' | EAC (flac, cue, log) | Covers | 835 Mb

harpentier’s Médée is one of the glories of the Baroque. Medea’s betrayal by Jason, her comprehensive revenge and the plight of those caught up in this epic tragedy prompted Charpentier to compose music of devastating power. Transcending the constraints of the Lullian tragédie lyrique, he produced characterisations of astonishing complexity and invested vast stretches of music with a dramatic pace and a harmonic richness rivalled among contemporaries only by Purcell. The electrifying exchanges of the third act, mingling pathos with extreme violence, alone put Charpentier on the same imaginative level as Rameau and Berlioz. The machinations of the fourth act and the dénouement in the fifth maintain the same captivating impetus.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Stances du Cid - Airs de Cour (Cyril Auvity, L'Yriade) (2016) {Glossa}

Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Stances du Cid - Airs de Cour (Cyril Auvity, L'Yriade) (2016)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork+Booklet | 362 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 191 mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Glossa / GCD 923601

This is an attractive programme of comparatively rare vocal repertoire. Airs de cour by Charpentier (including verses from Corneille’s Le Cid) and Lambert are interpersed with instrumental movements from Couperin’s Les Nations. Cyril Auvity is an experienced advocate of the haute-contre repertoire and draws on all that experience to engage fully with the texts of these miniature dramas. His tone in the higher register can verge on the harsh, though this is a rare event.
William Christie,  Les Arts Florissants - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]

William Christie, Les Arts Florissants - Lully: Armide (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24995 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 168 min | 42,3 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2504 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 168 min | 9,10 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Fra Musica | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian

For any enthusiast of Baroque music, the production of Lully's Armide at the Theatre des Champs Elysées, directed by William Christie and staged by Robert Carsen, was an exceptional event. The last and most successful collaboration between Lully and his librettist Quinault, Armide is the ideal of the genre as desired by Louis XIV: a tragic opera that achieves the perfect fusion of music, song and dance. William Christie leads the orchestra and chorus of Les Arts Florissants and a dazzling cast. Stephanie D’Oustrac is the imperious sorceress Armida, overcome by the violence of a forbidden passion.