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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

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  • John Wilbye (1574-1638):
  • 1Draw on, Sweet Night04:38
  • William Byrd (1543-1623):
  • 2Tristitia et anxietas (prima pars)05:55
  • Cesare Tudino (ca. 1530-after 1591-):
  • 3Altro che lagrimar02:15
  • Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613):
  • 4O vos omnes, I03:25
  • Pomponio Nenna (1556-1608):
  • 5La mia doglia s'avanza02:29
  • John Wilbye:
  • 6O wretched man02:41
  • William Byrd:
  • 7Come to me grief forever (marking the death of Sir Philip Sidney)01:11
  • Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625):
  • 8What is our Life?04:12
  • Luca Marenzio (1553/54-1599):
  • 9Crudele acerba inesorabil' morte02:38
  • William Byrd:
  • 10Lullaby, my sweet little baby, I01:03
  • Luzzasco Luzzaschi (1545-1607):
  • 11Quivi sospiri02:15
  • Carlo Gesualdo:
  • 12Mercè grido piangendo03:18
  • William Byrd:
  • 13Lullaby, my sweet little baby, II01:03
  • Carlo Gesualdo:
  • 14O vos omnes, II02:50
  • Luca Marenzio:
  • 15Solo e pensoso04:55
  • Carlo Gesualdo:
  • 16Tristis est anima mea04:58
  • William Byrd:
  • 17Lullaby, my sweet little baby, III01:48
  • Thomas Weelkes (ca. 1576-1623):
  • 18O Care, thou wilt despatch me03:41
  • William Byrd:
  • 19Lullaby, my sweet little baby, IV01:26
  • Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656):
  • 20Too much I once lamented05:39
  • William Byrd:
  • 21Come to me grief forever04:39
  • Total Runtime01:06:59

Info for Melancholia

Ein höchst ungewöhnliches Raritätenkabinett: "Selbst beim Nachdenken über das, was den Schmerz verursacht, Freude zu finden": So ließe sich das Thema dieses Albums mit Musik auf der Schwelle des 16. und 17. Jahrhunderts definieren. Hier werden italienische und englische Madrigale mit Motetten und Tenebrae-Responsorien verbunden. Eine melancholische Poesie, die der musikalischen Kreativität in der Spätrenaissance unendliche Nahrung gab und die Geoffroy Jourdain in seiner ersten Aufnahme für harmonia mundi präsentiert.

Les Cris de Paris
Geoffroy Jourdain, Leitung

Geoffroy Jourdain
While he was studying musicology at the Sorbonne University and doing researches in the Italian musical collections of several European librarys, Geoffroy Jourdain got involved very soon in conducting vocal ensembles and founded Les Cris de Paris. The ensemble became quickly renowned for the audacity of its artistic project and for its commitment to defend contemporary creation.

Geoffroy Jourdain is interested in finding ways to create innovative musical performances, by working with stage directors, actors, choreographers and plastic artists. With the stage director Benjamin Lazar, he creates many shapes of lyrical shows and musical theatre.

He is invited by the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris in order to conduct lyrical works (Orphée et Eurydice and Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck, L’Orfeo by Monteverdi), and also by ensembles like the Capella Amsterdam, the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir or the orchestra Les Siècles entrusted by François-Xavier Roth (Israel in Egypt by Handel)…

Geoffroy Jourdain commissioned and created works by Beat Furrer, Mauro Lanza, Marco Stroppa, Francesco Filidei, Oscar Strasnoy (including the opera Cachafaz), Ivan Fedele, and is also passionate about 17h and 18th centuries repertoire and about ethnomusicology. His curiosity about varied repertoires and the originality of its approach led him to perform at the Opéra Comique, the IRCAM, the Cité de la Musique, the Présence festival of Radio France or at the Venice Biennale, to be invited in residence at the Fondation Royaumont, at the Opéra de Reims, to be a major artist of the Beaune festival and of the Chaise-Dieu festival.

With Olivier Michel, managing director of Les Cris de Paris, he is co-director of La Pop, a barge that performs musical theatre in Paris, since March 2015.

Les Cris de Paris
Founded and imagined by Geoffroy Jourdain, Les Cris de Paris performs mainly the vocal and instrumental repertoire from the beginning of the 16th century to nowadays.

Their artistic approach reflects the richness and diversity of the paths of the artists who participate to their productions. They can be three as well as eighty, with among them composers, arrangers, actors, stage directors, instrumentalists, dancers, ensembles or choirs directors, plastic artists, sound designers, pedagogues…

Curious and passionate, they commit with audacity to rediscovering unknown works or to explore the voice potentiality in the contemporary creation.

Their musical projects may take the shape of concerts, performances, but also stage productions that involve many artistic disciplines (theatre, dance, reading…).

Most of the creations that punctuate the cultural seasons of Les Cris de Paris combine contemporary music with ancient music, modern music with baroque and romantic music…

Booklet for Melancholia

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