This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a brand new recording by New Orleans born Skip Sempe, directing his Paris based Capriccio Stravagante and also the Collegium Vocale of Gent. The music is the Requiem Mass of Baroque composer Jean Gilles (1668-1705).
This music was performed at the funeral of famous Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, on 27 September 1764, 250 years ago. Rameau was one of the most famous of the French Baroque composers as well as a recognized music theorist of his time.
Ending the program, Skip Sempe plays a harpsichord solo by Rameau. Milton is pleased to announce that Skip was one of his first harpsichord students in the early 1970s and he's very proud of his present reputation as one of the world's outstanding players of that instrument as well as founder and conductor of the famous Capriccio Stravagante. The CDs used for this program are: Rameau's Funeral, Paradizo PA0013, and Memorandum XXI, Vol.4, Paradizo PA0012.