Judith van Wanroij soprano
Robert Getchell haute-contre
Fernando Guimaraes tenor
Lisandro Abadie bass
Collegium Vocale Gent
Capriccio Stravagante Les 24 Violons
Jean GILLES (1668-1705): Messe des Morts 1764 version for the funeral service of J.P.Rameau
We have André Campra to thank for the fact that the Messe des Morts by Provençal composer Jean Gilles (1668-1705) was not lost in the mists of time. After his colleague’s untimely death Campra conducted this five-voice mass in Paris’s Concert Spirituel series, laying the foundation for its later popularity. Even Jean-Philippe Rameau and King Louis XV were escorted to their graves with this unusually expressive and dramatic music. The dominant tone of this requiem is nevertheless light and dance-like, like the French-Italian style of Lully’s tragédies lyriques. Like the opera, funerals had an element of theatricality, in which tears were discreetly wiped away.