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Cantates et Petits Macarons

Natalia Kawalek

Cantates et Petits Macarons

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Format: CD
Label: Ëvoe Music
UPC: 5905279916029
Catnr: EVOE 002
Release date: 11 September 2015
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Label
Ëvoe Music
UPC
5905279916029
Catalogue number
EVOE 002
Release date
11 September 2015

"''Natalia Kwaleks mezzosoprano has so much power, it has got a lot of height and depth and it can handle a lot of repertoire''"

Luister, 02-11-2015
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About the album

This CD contains masterpieces of the best masters of French Baroque secular cantatas: Montéclair, Rameau, Clerambault, and fantastic instrumental chamber music of the genious Couperin, and Marais.

The combination of composers and choice of repertoire gives a very colourful diverse and exciting program. With the works of Clérambault, Montéclair and Rameau, the French Cantata reached a peak, pushing the limits of its theatricality and becoming increasingly more operatic. On one hand, these composers borrow the varied pace, exuberance and quick modulations from the Italian style, on the other hand, they expand the instrumental parts, using trumpets, horns, violins and even timpani, far from being a mere accompaniment to the story.

Marin Marais was one of the first to introduce trio compositions, typically used by the Italians, into France. His famous Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris (Bells of St. Genevieve in the Hills of Paris) is an amazing example of virtuosity on the viola da gamba. François Couperin, less engaged with cantata writing than his contemporaries, is one of the most important chamber music composers of the French Baroque, in which he reaches an artistic peak with Le Gouts Reunis, and L'Apothéose de Corelli
The most beautiful french baroque cantatas and sonatas. Masterpieces of the genre.

Artist(s)

Natalia Kawałek

NATALIA KAWALEK - mezzosoprano An opera singer, born in 1987 in Poland. She graduated at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Professor Izabella Kłosinska) and in Rome at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (with Rebecca Berg and Sara Mingardo) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. Afterwards she continued studies at the University of Music in Vienna under Professor Claudia Visca. In 2012 she won 3rd price and the Audience Price at the International Baroque Opera Competition Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck (Austria). She is also the winner of 2nd price and many special awards on Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb 2013 in Vienna. From saison 2014/2015 she was a member of Junges Ensemble at Theater an der...
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NATALIA KAWALEK - mezzosoprano An opera singer, born in 1987 in Poland. She graduated at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Professor Izabella Kłosinska) and in Rome at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (with Rebecca Berg and Sara Mingardo) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. Afterwards she continued studies at the University of Music in Vienna under Professor Claudia Visca. In 2012 she won 3rd price and the Audience Price at the International Baroque Opera Competition Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck (Austria). She is also the winner of 2nd price and many special awards on Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb 2013 in Vienna. From saison 2014/2015 she was a member of Junges Ensemble at Theater an der Wien. Her repertoire is very wide, from the music of late renaissance, through baroque operas and chamber music, to contemporary and experimental projects. Her greatest passion however is opera. The most significant recent stage appearences were Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne Festival, Carmen in Kammeroper Wien, Virtu in L'incoronazione di Poppea of C. Monteverdi in Theater an der Wien. During last couple of seasons she had chance to colaborate with prominent conductors like Alessandro de Marchi, Andreas Spering, Jean Christoph Spinosi, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Jan T. Adamus and excellent stage directors like Christoph Loy, Klaus Guth, Christiane Lutz, Thorstein Fisher, Jean Renshaw. Next seasons include engagements in Theater an der Wien and Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Natalia is cooperating regularily with ensembles Il Giardino d’Amore, Cappella Cracoviensis and Ensemble Matheus.

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Il Giardino d'Amore

Il Giardino d’Amore was founded in 2012 in Cracow. In the years  2012 & 2013 the orchestra performed at festivals such as the Bach Festival in Vienna, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Tartini Festival in Piran. In autumn 2013 the orchestra held their first tour in the USA and Canada, and performed at Festival of Early Music Celebration in New York. In 2014 Il Giardino performed in the prestigious concert hall of Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as was invited to the festival in Oslo, Norway. During their second tour in USA they performed in Carnegie Hall New York and California, where members of Il Giardino led the master class at the Universities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Years 2013 – 2018...
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Il Giardino d’Amore was founded in 2012 in Cracow. In the years 2012 & 2013 the orchestra performed at festivals such as the Bach Festival in Vienna, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Tartini Festival in Piran.

In autumn 2013 the orchestra held their first tour in the USA and Canada, and performed at Festival of Early Music Celebration in New York. In 2014 Il Giardino performed in the prestigious concert hall of Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as was invited to the festival in Oslo, Norway. During their second tour in USA they performed in Carnegie Hall New York and California, where members of Il Giardino led the master class at the Universities of Los Angeles and San Diego.
Years 2013 – 2018 are dedicated to French music. This fascination started by the recording Cantates & Petits Macarons, the CD with french cantatas in 2013, than presentation of the opera ballet by J.Ph.Rameau – Les Indes Galantes in 2015 and 2016, and it will continue this season by performance of another Rameau’s opera - ballet – Naïs.
The aim in 2016 was focused in large projects with polish sacred music. 2016 tour in US was dedicated entirely to the promotion, and popularization of this fascinating music. The fruit of this dissertation is the CD ” The Heart of Europe”.

The orchestra has recorded several CD’s for Ëvoe Records label.


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Stefan Plewniak (conductor)

Stefan Plewniak - violinist and conductor, received his training in is hometown, Krakow, where he studied with prof. B. Śliwicka-Wysocka at the Krakow Academy of Music. He continued his studies with prof. I.Strauss in Prague Music Academy, prof. R. Szreder at Maastricht Conservatory and prof F. Fernandez at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. His interest in baroque music was sparked during collaboration with Les Gôuts Reunis ensemble in the Netherlands. Subsequently, he has performed with many significant ensembles and orchestras, such as Kammeroper Köln, Warsaw Polish Radio Orchestra and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. He collaborated with many renowned ensembles as a concertmaster in den Hague, Paris and Salzburg. He also cooperated with leading orchestras in Europe such as...
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Stefan Plewniak - violinist and conductor, received his training in is hometown, Krakow, where he studied with prof. B. Śliwicka-Wysocka at the Krakow Academy of Music. He continued his studies with prof. I.Strauss in Prague Music Academy, prof. R. Szreder at Maastricht Conservatory and prof F. Fernandez at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris.

His interest in baroque music was sparked during collaboration with Les Gôuts Reunis ensemble in the Netherlands. Subsequently, he has performed with many significant ensembles and orchestras, such as Kammeroper Köln, Warsaw Polish Radio Orchestra and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra.

He collaborated with many renowned ensembles as a concertmaster in den Hague, Paris and Salzburg. He also cooperated with leading orchestras in Europe such as William Christie's Les Arts Florissants in Paris and Jordi Savall's Le Concert des Nations in Barcelona.

He is the founder of Il Giardino d'Amore orchestra in Vienna/ Cracow and Capella dell’ Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. In 2016 he founded new symphony orchestra The FeelHarmony.

He appeared as a soloist and leader at many important festivals in Europe, USA and China, among others Oude Muzik Festival Utrecht, Bach Festival Vienna, Tartini Festival Pirano, Styriarte Festival Graz, Early Music Celebration New York. He made his debut as a soloist in Mozarteum Salzburg and New York Carnegie Hall in 2014. Stefan Plewniak regularly presents masterclasses in Oslo, Norway as well as at the University of South California in L.A. and San Diego.

He is specializing in the opera and ballet repertoire.


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Composer(s)

François Couperin

François Couperin was a French composer. He is the most imporant and best known member of the Couperin family, which consisted of a whole dynasty of composers. Couperin was nicknamed 'Le Grand' (the Great), and is considered to be one of the most seminal composers of the Baroque period, especially in regard to his music for harpsichord. His keyboard music is characterised by a strong idiomatic nature, both in its personal style and in its close relation to the instrument's features.  Next to his harpsichord music, Couperin composed music for organ, vocal music, both sacred and secular, and chamber music. Moreover, he published several theoretical treatises on the playing techniques on the harpsichord and its role in the accompaniment of music. 
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François Couperin was a French composer. He is the most imporant and best known member of the Couperin family, which consisted of a whole dynasty of composers. Couperin was nicknamed 'Le Grand' (the Great), and is considered to be one of the most seminal composers of the Baroque period, especially in regard to his music for harpsichord. His keyboard music is characterised by a strong idiomatic nature, both in its personal style and in its close relation to the instrument's features.

Next to his harpsichord music, Couperin composed music for organ, vocal music, both sacred and secular, and chamber music. Moreover, he published several theoretical treatises on the playing techniques on the harpsichord and its role in the accompaniment of music.


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Jean-Philippe Rameau

The Frenchman Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important music theorists in the history of Western music. He introduced the term of the'subdominant' and divided chord structures into triads (chords with three notes) and tetrads (chords with four notes), and laid the foundation for the modern study of harmonics. Yet, he was also a seminal composer, and his contribution to the development of opera should not be underestimated. In the first 40 years of his life, Rameau remained in obscurity as an organ player in the country side of France. In 1722, he moved to Paris, where he published his Traite de l'Harmonie (treatise on Harmony). Here, Rameau was recognised as a major music theorist and teacher, and soon he...
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The Frenchman Jean-Philippe Rameau was one of the most important music theorists in the history of Western music. He introduced the term of the"subdominant" and divided chord structures into triads (chords with three notes) and tetrads (chords with four notes), and laid the foundation for the modern study of harmonics. Yet, he was also a seminal composer, and his contribution to the development of opera should not be underestimated. In the first 40 years of his life, Rameau remained in obscurity as an organ player in the country side of France. In 1722, he moved to Paris, where he published his Traite de l'Harmonie (treatise on Harmony). Here, Rameau was recognised as a major music theorist and teacher, and soon he would achieve fame as a harpsichordist and composer. Yet, Rameau had even greater ambitions. He desired to become an opera composer. His first operas Hippolyte et Aricie, Castor et Pollux en zijn opera-ballet Les Indes Galantes became huge hits. The music was harmonically a lot complexer than the audience of the time was used to, yet it was also more dramatic. Rameau received financial support from the fabulously rich La Pouplinière and his ties with the royal court. Around 1750, Rameau was at the peak of his fame and his works were being performed throughout France. However, he slowly lost the support of the philosophers and artists of the Enlightenment and after his death in 1764 his operas went into oblivion. Only in the last couple of decades, his music was rediscovered and Rameau gained the attention he deserves.


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Louis-Nicolas Clérambault

Just like his father Dominique (ca. 1644 – 1704) and other earlier relatives, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676 – 1749) worked at the French court. From 1714 onwards, he was organist of the Maison royale St. Cyr (a military school near Versailles) and of the St. Sulpice in Paris, and the Jacobin church from 1719. During his lifetime, he was regarded as one of the greatest French organists. His first collection of harpsichord works is entirely written in the French tradition, but in many of his other works, a mixed French-Italian influence can be found. The 25 French cantatas from 1710 – 1743 are striking. Some of these are very simple, others very dramatic and intense. Amongst his other works are sonatas for...
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Just like his father Dominique (ca. 1644 – 1704) and other earlier relatives, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676 – 1749) worked at the French court. From 1714 onwards, he was organist of the Maison royale St. Cyr (a military school near Versailles) and of the St. Sulpice in Paris, and the Jacobin church from 1719. During his lifetime, he was regarded as one of the greatest French organists.
His first collection of harpsichord works is entirely written in the French tradition, but in many of his other works, a mixed French-Italian influence can be found. The 25 French cantatas from 1710 – 1743 are striking. Some of these are very simple, others very dramatic and intense. Amongst his other works are sonatas for solo violin, trio sonatas, organ works and numerous motets.
Clérambaults sons César-François-Nicolas (died in 1760) and Evrard Dominique (1710 – 1790) were also both organists. The first succeeded his father and also wrote cantatas.
(Source: Musicalifeiten.nl)
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''Natalia Kwaleks mezzosoprano has so much power, it has got a lot of height and depth and it can handle a lot of repertoire''
Luister, 02-11-2015

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01.
Le Retour de la Paix: Vivement - Dans les maux qu'une afreuse guerre
01:36
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
02.
Le Retour de la Paix: Air - Pourquoi de la Parque inflèxible
05:21
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
03.
Le Retour de la Paix: Legèrement - O ciel! La fureur qui les guide
01:20
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
04.
Le Retour de la Paix: Récitatif - Ah! quelle est mon erreur?
00:25
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
05.
Le Retour de la Paix: Lent et dètaché - Fille du ciel!
03:14
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
06.
Le Retour de la Paix: Leger et doux - Mais quel èclat soudain!
01:15
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
07.
Le Retour de la Paix: Récitatif - Discorde tes èforts
01:32
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
08.
Le Retour de la Paix: Air de Trompètes et de Musètes - Que les guerrieres trompètes
02:05
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
09.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Corelli au piéd du Parnasse prie les Muses de le Recevoir parmi elles
02:06
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
10.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Corelli charmé de la bonne réception qu'on lui fait au Parnasse, en marque Sa joye. Il continuë avec ceux qui L'accompagnen
02:12
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
11.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Corelli buvant à la Source D'hypocrêne. Sa Troupe Continuë
01:55
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
12.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Enthouziasme de Corelli Causé par les eaux D'hypocrêne
00:59
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
13.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Corelli après son enthouziasme S'endort; et sa Troupe jouë le Sommeil suivant
01:54
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
14.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Les Muses reveillent Corelli, Et le placent auprês d'Apollon
00:43
(Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
15.
Le Parna sse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli: Remerciment de Corelli
02:22
(Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Jean-Philippe Rameau, François Couperin, Marin Marais, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
16.
Le Berger fidele: Récitatif - Prêt à voir immoler l'objet de sa tendresse
00:42
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
17.
Le Berger fidele: Air plaintif - Diane , appaise ton courroux!
04:31
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
18.
Le Berger fidele: Récitatif - Mais c'est trop me livrer à ma douleur mortelle
00:21
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
19.
Le Berger fidele: Air gai - L'amour qui règne dans votre âme
04:03
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
20.
Le Berger fidele: Récitatif - Cependant à l'autel le Berger se présente
00:58
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
21.
Le Berger fidele: Air vif et gracieux Charmant Amour, sous ta puissance
04:14
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
22.
Sonnerie de Ste-Genevieve du Mont-de-Paris: Sonate pour violon, viola da gamba & continuo
07:40
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
23.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Prelude - Fort gravement
00:41
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
24.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Récitatif - Mortels, pour contenter vos desirs curieux
00:30
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
25.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Air gai - Au son des trompettes bruiantes
04:26
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
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La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Tempeste - Mais quel bruit interrompt ces doux amusements
02:03
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
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La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Récitatif - Non, les Dieux attendris
00:25
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
28.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Air fort tendrement - Oyseaux, qui sous ces feüillages
02:44
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
29.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Sommeil - Vos concerts heureux Oyseaux
02:03
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
30.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Prelude infernal - Mais quels novueaux accords dont l'horreur est extréme?
02:09
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
31.
La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Récitatif - Ne craignons rien, un changement heureux
00:27
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
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La Muse de l'Opera ou les caracteres lyriques: Air gay et piqué - Ce n'est qu'une belle chimere
02:39
(Marin Marais, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair) Natalia Kawalek, Il Giardino d'Amore
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