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Le Banquet Celeste – P.H. Erlebach – Lieder (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Le Banquet Céleste – P.H. Erlebach – Lieder (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:51 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha Classics

Accompanied by his ensemble Le Banquet Céleste, the countertenor Damien Guillon puts his voice at the service of a program dedicated to the vocal pieces of the German Baroque composer Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, whose complete work was largely destroyed in the fire of Rudolstadt Castle in 1735. Among the works that have been handed down to us are the two collections Harmonische Freude musikalischer Freunde, which combine 50 and 25 arias for 1, 2, 3 or 4 solo voices, an instrumental ensemble and a basso continuo in two parts. Most of the texts of the arias, written in Old German, show people as being at the mercy of an unpredictable and fleeting fate.

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Le Banquet Celeste, Damien Guillon – Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Le Banquet Céleste, Damien Guillon – Stradella: San Giovanni Battista (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:22 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

A composer who led a dissolute life and ended up stabbed to death in Genoa, Stradella nevertheless left a distinctive stamp on the history of music. He is situated at the intersection of several stylistic paths and periods, at the crossroads between opera and sacred drama, since his output, and especially San Giovanni Battista, marks the encounter of the great Roman oratorio inherited from Carissimi with the Venetian opera of Cavalli. Stradella is also close to the next generation, that of Scarlatti and Handel. His music is characterised by liveliness, expressiveness and profound humanity. Although San Giovanni Battista enjoyed genuine success when it was premiered in 1675, it was only in 1949 that the work was exhumed from the libraries where its score lay slumbering. That event took place in Perugia, and the role of Salome was sung by Maria Callas.

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Le Banquet Celeste & Damien Guillon – Bach: Cantatas, BWV 170 & 35 (Alpha Collection) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Le Banquet Céleste & Damien Guillon – Bach: Cantatas, BWV 170 & 35 (Alpha Collection) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:56 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

Throughout his life, Bach showed exceptional talent as a pedagogue. As an orphan who had been obliged to learn everything by himself, he retained the deep-rooted urge to teach and pass on his knowledge. His cantatas are spiritual lessons, just as his keyboard works constitute a tutor in the instrument. It was with his children, first and foremost, that he exercised this talent as a born teacher, and particularly with his prodigiously gifted eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann. For him he wrote the Two-part Inventions and Three-part Sinfonias; for him too The Well-Tempered Clavier and the Orgel-Buchlein (Little organ book); and this extraordinary method culminated in the Trio Sonatas for organ. The cantata Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Spirit and soul are dumbfounded) BWV 35 is one of the three written for solo alto without choral participation and with reduced instrumental forces. The work comprises two parts, for performance before and after the sermon. Soloist and organ engage in a dialogue charged with the elation of trust in God, brimming with coloratura passages and runs. Also for alto solo, the cantata Vergnugte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust (Contented repose, beloved heart’s desire) BWV 170 dates from just six weeks before Geist und Seele. It too features a solo organ part, later transcribed by Bach for flute and continuo. The cantata is based on a passage from the Sermon on the Mount in which Christ urges his listeners to live in peace with others.

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Le Banquet Celeste, Damien Guillon & Maude Gratton – Bach: Cantatas BWV 169 & 82 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Le Banquet Céleste, Damien Guillon & Maude Gratton – Bach: Cantatas BWV 169 & 82 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:13:56 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Alpha

Following his recording of J. S. Bach’s solo cantatas for alto BWV 35 and 170 (issued in 2009), countertenor Damien Guillon has continued his work of research and interpretation, devoting a second album to the Cantata BWV 169 for alto solo and to the famous BWV 82 Ich habe genug ; though better known in its 1727 version for bass, from 1735 onwards it was also performed by an alto voice. To complement this cantata programme, organist Maude Gratton performs Bach’s Prelude and Fugue BWV 543, as well as the chorales Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662, BWV 663 & BWV 664.

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