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Track(s) taken from CDH55020

Prelude to Te Deum in D, H146


The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Recording details: March 1992
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: November 1992
Total duration: 1 minutes 41 seconds


'This disc deserves to go to the top of the charts' (Early Music Review)

'Fine performances from the Brandenburg Consort, excellent documentation. A good CD to start a Baroque collection' (Classic CD)

'This disc can be highly recommended as one of the best in the field' (Fanfare, USA)
Charpentier composed an enormous amount of church music, imaginatively scored and with unusually interesting parts for middle voices. Four settings of the Te Deum have survived. This one probably dates from the early 1690s and is scored for trumpets and drums with four-part strings (violin, two violas and bass) doubled by woodwind. The Rondeau theme (made popular as the Eurovision theme tune) is interspersed with two short, contrasting couplets which normally lead directly into the first choral movement.

from notes by Roy Goodman © 1999

Charpentier a beaucoup composé de musique religieuse, pleine d’originalité, dans laquelle les voix moyennes ont des parties d’un intérêt inhabituel. Il subsiste quatre versions du Te Deum. Celle-ci, qui date sans doute du début des années 1690, est écrite pour trompettes et tambours, avec quatre instruments à cordes (violon, deux altos et basse) doublés d’instruments à vent. Le thème du Rondeau (popularisé par l’indicatif d’Eurovision) est interrompu par deux courts couplets contrastés qui mènent directement au premier mouvement choral.

extrait des notes rédigées par Roy Goodman © 1999
Français: Hypérion

Charpentier komponierte enorm viel Kirchenmusik, die phantasievoll geschrieben ist und ungewöhnlich interessante Parts für mittlere Stimmlagen hat. Vier Vertonungen des Te Deum haben überlebt. Diese stammt wahrscheinlich aus den anfänglichen 1690er Jahren und ist für Trompeten und Trommeln mit vier Streichinstrumenten (Geige, zwei Bratschen und Baß) geschrieben, die durch Holzblasinstrumente ver­doppelt werden. Das Rondeauthema (als Erkennungsmelodie der Eurovision populär geworden) ist mit zwei kurzen kontrastierenden Couplets durchsetzt, die normalerweise direkt in den ersten Chorsatz einleiten.

aus dem Begleittext von Roy Goodman © 1999
Deutsch: Gunhild Thompson

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