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Musique sacree en Nouvelle-France
By Marie-Claude Arpin and Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal. By Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy and Andre Campra (1660-1744). Classical. CD. ATMA Classique #ACD22764. Published by ATMA Classique (NX.ACD22764).
Item Number: NX.ACD22764
This album was first released in 1995 under the title Le Chant de la Jerusalem des terres froides on the French label K617 and is now re-released under the title Musique sacree en Nouvelle-France on the ATMA label. It illustrates musical life during the French colonization of the Americas, when sacred music accompanied many daily activities. The late Christopher Jackson (1948-2015) conducted the Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal for this recording, made in the Halle aux Vivres de Brouage (Charente-Maritime), and the historical church of Saint-Didier in Villiers-le-Bel, France. The program also includes works by Lebegue and extracts from the Livre d'orgue de Montreal, with Rejean Poirier playing the church's historic organ. Cofounded in 1974 by the organist and harpsichordist Christopher Jackson, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montreal is conducted by Artistic Director Andrew McAnerney, who was appointed in late 2015. The Studio has brought more than 800 Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces before the public, and continues to reveal and share the vitality, sensuality, and emotional depth of early music. The ensemble's concert series is a highlight of Montreal's cultural life and ranks as an integral part of the city's lively baroque scene.