André Campra: Requiem (1695); Te Deum (1700)
KHCD-2012-074DL (STEREO) - André Campra: Requiem (1695); Te Deum (1700) - Jean-Francois Paillard Chamber Orchestra (in Requiem); Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra (in Te Deum) Philippe Caillard & Stephane Caillat Chorales/Louis Frémaux - Best known as an opera composer during his lifetime, whose music bridged the gap between Lully's death (1687) and Rameau's first opera (1733), André Campra's music exemplified French secular music, although differing somewhat in style when composing music set to sacred text. The Requiem may have been written for the funeral service of Archbishop François de Harley in 1695. It is an example of a Mass written in the concerto style, with a predominance of chorus and reserved solo voice writing. The Te Deum is an example of the "grand motet" style popular in the late Baroque in France, with parts for at least one choir, soloists and orchestra. This disc, derived from two black label with blue "stereo" inset Westminster LPs originally recorded by Erato, features outstanding performances by French choirs and orchestras, led by Louis Frémaux.