M.-A. Charpentier, Motets pour chœur, vol. 8, ed. Théodora Psychoyou, Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
Bulletin Charpentier (online revue)
|Le Concert Spirituel, Hervé Niquet:|
H. 83 / H. 333
The score is clear and open to the eye, allowing me for example to read through it for this review, condensing the lines at the piano. Having all of the vocal parts converted from their original C clefs into treble or bass is very helpful for modern musicians. The only thing I occasionally missed was some editorial guidance in the continuo figures: in several places where the parts have accidentals, it would be helpful to have a continuo sharp added in brackets, to tell the continuo player to play A major instead of A minor, for example. More talented players would surely not need that crutch (Charpentier obviously felt no need to add it), but it would help the less fortunate make fewer mistakes. To hear some of these pieces yourself, look no further than the exquisite series of Charpentier recordings that Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel made for Naxos, one of the best deals for excellent French Baroque sacred music out there.