Marc-Antoine Charpentier is the only composer of the age of Louis XIV to have distinguished himself so remarkably in the genre of the ‘sacred history’: he wrote more than thirty such works, all composed after his residence in Italy.
Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances have carefully extracted from this outstanding corpus a number of gems that reflect both his experience in Rome (probably studying with Carissimi, the master of the oratorio) and the humanist concerns of an entire period.
Like a miniature opera, each piece relates an exemplary destiny, including several strong-willed women (Judith, Cecilia, Mary Magdalene) and a deep friendship put to the test (Mors Saülis and Jonathæ).
As a bonus, a DVD of the show from 2016 is included.
Charpentier, M-A: Cæcilia, virgo et martyr octo vocibus, H. 397 Motet pour les Trépassés Dialogus inter Magdalenam et Jesum, H. 423: Hei, hei mihi infelix Magdalena Judith sive Bethulia liberata H. 391 Mors Saülis et Jonathae H 403 Prelude pour Mementote peccatores, H. 425a Dialogus inter Christum et peccatores, H. 425 Dialogus inter Christum et homines H. 417 Élévation, H. 408 Pestis mediolanensis, H. 398