Friday, May 23, 2008

Grands Motets from your laptop

I still can't quite get used to the remarkable fact that the world's greatest concerts are waiting to be heard at every computer terminal on the planet for free, anytime. I keep thinking that I'll wake up from a ridiculous dream and greet reality again.

Anyway, to the point of my post, Trinity Wall Street has made available the concert from this past weekend in a wonderful video/audio.

This is a concert of rare and alluring motets from the French baroque period, by Lully, Charpentier, Desmarest, Rameau, Mondonville (know his work?), all performed by tip-top singers and an orchestra conducted by Simon Carrington. The texts are all sacred and liturgically suitable. The filming is excellent. So is the audio.

Maybe you will be as amazed as I am that I don't have to slog all the way to Wall Street and fight the crowds and get a ticket and etc. etc. to watch this and listen. A warning though: this music and period is infectious. Once you get the sound and feel of it in your ear, you can easily develop a lifetime addiction.

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