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MusicWeb International, December 2011

CHARPENTIER, M.-A.: Messe de Minuit pour Noel / Te Deum (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon) 8.557229
CHARPENTIER, M.-A.: Noels and Christmas Motets, Vol. 1 (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon) 8.554514
CHARPENTIER, M.-A.: Noels and Christmas Motets, Vol. 2 (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon) 8.557036

The first album listed above offers stylish, period-aware performances of the Midnight Mass and the best known of Charpentier’s Te Deums and that’s probably the place to start if you have yet to make the serious acquaintance of this composer. The mp3 recording is fine apart from a couple of small blips at the start of tracks. Then you can turn to the other two albums where you’ll recognise many of the Noëls which he borrowed, in slightly less elaborate but still very enjoyable settings.

The music is performed at baroque pitch. All the singing is deliciously clear-toned and forthright, the accompaniments on period instruments are stylish and the whole is enthusiastically presented. © 2011 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Penguin Guide, January 2009

In this Christmas disc with a difference, the talented Canadian group, the Aradia Ensemble, warmly recorded, present the nine charming sets of simple variations Charpentier wrote on French Christmas carols, or Noëls. Standing out from the rest is the minor-key Ou nous dites Marie, with chromatic writing like Purcell’s. These instrumental pieces are set alongside a sequence of lively vocal motets on a Christmas theme, culminating in a miniature Nativity oratorio.

Classic FM, January 2000

"The Canadian vocal and instrumental Aradia Ensemble, under its director Kevin Mallon, performs stylishly and with sensibility."

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