Caecilia, virgo et martyr , MagnificatLes Arts FlorissantsWilliam Christie
"Sacred Passions" If Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Latin oratorios rise up to the summits of French music of the 'Grand Siècle', they none the less remain isolated cases. At the time the oratorio was as little appreciated in France as it was extolled in Italy - where, in fact, Charpentier discovered the genre while studying with Carissimi in Rome. In any case, what he did with it went way beyond a mere schoolroom exercise! These two oratorios, composed between 1672 and 1698, are superb examples of Charpentier's individual qualities: an acute sense of the 'word' and an unprecedented dramatic effectiveness.This title was released for the first time in 1980.
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