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Madin: Te Deum, HM28

Magazine article Gramophone

Madin: Te Deum, HM28

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Madin

Te Deum, HM28. Diligam te, Domine, HM22 Anne Magouet, Michiko Takahashi sops Robert Getchell, Alban Dufourt tens Alain Buet, Geoffroy Buffiere basses Les Cris de Paris; Stradivaria / Daniel Cuiller Alpha (F) ALPHA963 (69' * DDD * T/t) Recorded live at the Chapel Royal, Versailles, June 27, 2015

'Possibly of Irish origin', says Grove, but the booklet-note states firmly that Henry Madin (1698-1748) was the son of a soldier from Galway stationed near Verdun. Orphaned as a baby, Madin was educated by the Jesuits and ordained priest. Musical posts at a number of cathedrals including Bourges and Rouen led to his appointment as sous-maitre de musique of the Chapel Royal at Versailles in 1738 and maitre de pages (the choirboys) four years later. This disc is a recording of a concert given in that very chapel last year.

However, the first performance of the Te Deum was not given at Versailles. It took place in Paris to celebrate the capture of Freiburg im Breisgau in 1744, during the War of the Austrian Succession. Lasting some 45 minutes, it includes many triumphant passages, trumpet and timpani well to the fore. …

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