ルベル父から息子へ (Rebel de Pere en Fils ~ Jean-Fery Rebel (1666-1747) & Francois Rebel (1701-1775) / Ensemble Les Surprises) [輸入盤] Import
[商品番号 : AMY-303] [DDD] [72'32''] [Import CD] [AMBRONAY]
アルバムがデビュー盤となるアンサンブル・レ・シュルプリーズは2010年結成のフレッシュな古楽器合奏団。グループ名はラモーのオペラ「愛の驚き Les surprise de l' Amour」に由来するそう。団員たちはニケ、クリスティ、ルセから鍛えられていて、まさに驚くべき水準を示しています。2012年にアントワープで行われた国際若手演奏家プレゼンテーションで入賞し、各界から注目を集めています。
録音 : 2013年3月 ジュジュリュー礼拝堂
It's a nice idea in principle which brings us some enjoyable music, but for various reasons the result is only a moderate success. Of the two pieces by the elder Rebel the first, "Les Caractères de la Danse" (track 1), is a lively sequence of dance movements in rapid succession with some fairly good tunes. The same composer's "Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully", which brings the CD to a close, is a very fine, contemplative piece receiving an expressive performance here.
In between these two pieces we get a somewhat variable mixture of works from the pens of the younger Rebel and Francoeur, whose customary reply to questions as to who composed what, was simply "Ce morceau est de nous deux". The outline - I hesitate to call it a plot - of the pasticcio devised for this recording includes such typical baroque-opera elements as love, rage, magic, storm and sleep; altogether it doesn't really add up to a story that makes any sense, although that in itself shouldn't surprise - let alone bother - devoted fans of the genre. Among the finest things are "Quel éclat dans les cieux", a lovely air for baritone Étienne Bazola with a rich instrumental accompaniment (track 2) from the players of the period-instrument Ensemble Les Surprises; and the short but arresting Prélude (3), its forceful rhythm engagingly captured here. Then there's a lively trio to the minuet (10), a very catchy Tambourins movement (14) again from "Le Ballet de la paix", and a powerful and expressive baritone air "Il gémit dans les fers" (15). This is followed by a respectable Chaconne, played with plenty of character and wit but not in itself a piece that can match up to the great examples from the likes of Lully, Rameau, Handel, Steffani, Purcell, Biber or the guy whose surname I have to spell backwards, Johann Joseph Xuf, because amazon's automated censoring systems will no longer let me write his illustrious name the right way round.
The players of the young Ensemble Les Surprises, directed by Juliette Guignard and Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, are a spirited and stylish group consisting of strings, flute, recorder and continuo instruments. But to my ear they could do with an oboe or two, for example, to add more bite and colour to their sound. The soprano Juliette Perret, whom I haven't yet mentioned, does a good job in her four pieces (7, 11, 17, 18). Recording, CD booklet notes and presentation are excellent. Altogether, although there's some enjoyable music here, as a sequence I would say it adds up to only a moderately interesting selection of pieces. For the music of the distinguished elder Rebel, I would recommend Rebel: Les Elémens/Gluck: Alessandro/Telemann: Sonata in E Minor,Plaisirs Champetres and Amandine Beyer Plays Jean-Ferry Rebel.
The present CD does, however, bring us music by the younger Rebel and Francoeur which is not otherwise available, and so - especially in the case of some attractive items from "Le Ballet de la paix" - it's a useful contribution to the discography of the French baroque. It's only fair to add that this CD has received 5-star reviews on the French amazon site, but unfortunately it hasn't had the same effect on me. Nevertheless, Ensemble Les Surprises are clearly a talented bunch and I hope they'll bring us better programmes in the future.