V0309. LES ARTS FLORISSANTS, w.William Christie Cond.: Te Deum; Missa 'Assumpta Est Maria'; Litanies de la Vierge;
Marche de Timbales (Marc-Antoine Charpentier). (Italy) Harmonia Mundi 501298, recorded 1988, in gatefold jacket, w.32pp booklet w.texts. Ever-so-slightly used copy appears as new. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 794881852222
"American-French conductor William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants give the music appropriate sweep. Part of Charpentier's genius lies in the qualities of his contrasting sections for soloists and groups of solo singers: he does not simply alternate choruses and airs but balances pomp and sensuality. The full range of his writing comes to the fore in the rarely heard 'Missa Assumpta est Maria' as sensitive a setting of the Catholic mass text (plus a concluding prayer for the king's health) as has ever been composed... Harmonia Mundi's 1988 sound has held up well, and the bottom line is that it just doesn't get any better than this."
- All Music Guide
“An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants are renowned the world over. Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, the Ensemble, named for a short opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, has played a pioneering role in the revival of a Baroque repertoire that had long been neglected (including the rediscovery of countless treasures in the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France). Today that repertoire is widely performed and admired: not only French music from the reign of Louis XIV, but also more generally European music of the 17th and 18th centuries.”
- Les Arts Florissants