Passionate about Hebraic spiritual traditions, Benedetto Marcello was inspired by the extraordinary faith he encountered in the synagogues of early 18th-century Venice. Selections from Marcello’s settings of poetic paraphrases of the Psalms of David with Hebraic intonations are presented by Ensemble XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade, founded in 1995 by Jean-Christope Frisch as XVIII-21 Musique de Lumières. A world premiere, recorded May 20-24 1999 in the Church of Saint-Quirin, a former priory in the Moselle, home of the famous Silbermann organ.
Hebraic intonation, excerpt from Psalm 118
– O give thanks unto Hashem; for His mercy endureth forever
Psalm 21 (22) for alto solo
– My G-d! My G-d! Why have you abandoned me?
Hebraic intonation, excerpt from Psalm 114
– Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of Hashem, at the presence of the G-d of Jacob; Who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
Psalm 10 (11) for four voices
– In Hashem I find refuge. For Hashem is righteous; He loves righteousness; the upright will see His face.
Ensemble XVIII-21 Le Baroque Nomade (formerly XVIII-21 Musique de Lumières)
Jean-Christophe Frish: Director
Cyrille Gerstenhaber: soprano, Hebraic intonations
Chrisophe Laporte: alto; Hervé Lamy: tenor; Laurent Grauer: bass
Freddy Eichelber, Jean-Chrisophe Frish: organ, harpsichord
Claire Antonini: theorbo; Marc Wolff: theorbo, baroque guitar
Hagar Hanana: cello; Charlotte Klingerberg, Michel renard: violas
From the CD
Les Chemins Hébraïques du Baroque: Benedetto Marcello: Psaumes de David: XVIII-21 Musique des Lumières/direction: Jean-Christophe Frisch