Christian-Pierre La Marca – Cantus (2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Christian-Pierre La Marca – Cantus (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:08 minutes |  1,2 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front cover | © Sony Classical

The originality of this album’s programme is its focus on famous sacred pieces transcribed for the warm and lyrical voice of the cello, an instrument whose tone is certainly one of the closest to the singing voice. The words of the Magnificat, Requiem, Stabat Mater or Ave Maria – well known in the repertoire of vocal sacred music – fade here to better reveal the development of musical emotion aroused by the melody itself, and the subtlety of the accompaniments (organ, viola, theorbo, voice) in reinforcing and supporting the expressiveness of the singing. Inspired by sacred texts, the melodies by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and Pergolesi reveal the strength and intensity of their expression, even without words, and reinforce the idea developed from the late eighteenth century that music, by its power of suggestion and evocation, goes beyond words to express the unspeakable, sometimes with simplicity and depth. From Taverner to Thierry Escaich, and also Allegri, Handel, Franck and Fauré, the recorded repertoire covers a period from the sixteenth to twenty-first century and includes some of the most important names in sacred music.


1 Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat en mi bémol majeur, BWV 243a: “Deposuit potentes”
2 Gabriel Fauré: Requiem en ré mineur, Op. 48: “Pie Jesu”
3 Johann Sebastian Bach: Passion selon Saint-Matthieu, BWV 244: “Erbarme dich, mein Gott””
4 John Tavener: Funeral Ikos
5 Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat en ré majeur, BWV 243: “Et Misericordia”
6 Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei pour choeur et l’Adagio du quatuor, Op. 11: “Agnus Dei” (Arr. for Cello and Strings Quintet)
7 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, P. 77: “Stabat Mater dolorosa”
8 César Franck: Mass, Op. 12: V. Panis Angelicus
9 Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, RV 621: “Eia Mater, fons amoris”
10 Astor Piazzolla: Ave Maria
11 Antonio Vivaldi: Stabat Mater, RV 621: “Stabat Mater dolorosa”
12 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
13 Johann Sebastian Bach: Choral Prelude, BWV 639: “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”
14 Georg Friedrich Händel: Dixit Dominus, HWV 232: “De torrente in via bibet”
15 Camille Saint-Saëns: Prière, Op. 158
16 Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei Deus (Psaume 50)
17 Thierry Escaich: Enluminures

Christian-Pierre La Marca, cello
Les Ambassadeurs
Alexis Kossenko, conductor



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