Four major french cantatas from the 18th. century based on the Greek Myths by Arion with Daniele Forget

Four major french cantatas from the 17th. and 18th. centuries.


Arion ensemble
with Danièle Forget: soprano
French cantatas from the 18th. century
1994, Analekta, FL2 3018

Greek legends set to music by: Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, André Campra, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair.

The French chamber cantata can best be understood as an opera in miniature, in which a small number of instruments accompany a voice which plays, by turns, both narrator and protagonist.

These instrumentalists are, as always, perfect. Its members have the unrelinquishing knack of giving their score a very natural reading, hence l’Ensemble Arion maintains the height of its reputation. Danièle Forget’s voice (…) is perfectly conducive to this type of repertoire and isn’t of a dull, colourless timbre which is too often the case with many French prima donnas who risk singing this “delicate” repertoire.    – François Tousignant, Le Devoir 1994, Canada

Product Description

Arion ensemble
with Danièle Forget: soprano

This recording was originally released under the title “Mythologie – Cantates françaises”.

See program notes here.

Louis-Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676 – 1749)
Léandre et Héro, Cantate IIe à voix seule et symphonie
(Cantantes françaises…., Livre II, Paris 1713)

André CAMPRA (1660 – 1744)
Arion, Ve cantate avec flute, basse de viole et clavecin
(Cantantes françaises…., Livre I, Paris 1708)

Michel Pignolet de MONTÉCLAIR (1667 – 1737)
Pan et Syrinx, IVe cantate à voix seule avec un dessus de violon, de hautbois ou de flute
(Cantantes françaises…., Livre II, Paris  circa 1717)

Louis-Nicolas CLÉRAMBAULT (1676 – 1749)
Orphée, Cantate IIIe à voix seule et symphonie
(Cantantes françaises…., Livre I, Paris 1710)

Recorded in July 1994 at the Church Saint-Joseph de Rivière-des-Praires, Quebec.

Producer : Atmo Productions Inc
Sound recording and editing : Anton Kwiatkowski
Producers : Yves Beaupré and Anton Kwiatkowski

Under exclusive licence with Enregistrement Analekta Recording inc.

Made in Canada.

FL2 3018.