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Italy versus France
The Bach Players: Nicolette Moonen (violin, narration, artistic director); Rachel Isserlis (violin, violetta); Foskien Kooistra (viola); Rachel Stott (tenor viola); Kinga Gáborjáni (basse de violon, viola da gamba); Silas Wollston (harpsichord) & Jakob Lindberg (theorbo)
In this vivid new recording, the Bach Players turn their attention to some of the musical currents that surrounded Bach.
Italian or French? Jean Baptiste Lully and Arcangelo Corelli were the champions of these two musical styles – and the main subjects of the many attempts to establish which was the better style. Or could the two styles be united? This programme paints a musical picture of the 17th -century in Europe, through the music of Corelli, Lully, and their contemporaries. Chief among the reconcilers was the organist and composer Georg Muffat. German but of Scottish ancestry, it was he who introduced both styles to Germany. Also included are Rebel’s homage to Lully and Couperin’s to Corelli.
The 20-page booklet includes an essay on this music by the composer Hugh Wood and photos from the recording session. The CD and booklet are held in a packet made of card and without plastic. The Bach Players’ last CD, Nun komm! French overtures by German composers, was received with universal enthusiasm. It was given an International Record Review ‘Outstanding’ award and made a Radio 3 CD Review ‘Disc of the Week’.
“This is the most enjoyable programme of seventeenth-century chamber music I have heard in a long time...The recording manages to capture the strings in gutty rather than silvery detail so we relax and enjoy the music without suffering from steel-string fatigue. Altogether, this is a wonderfully diplomatic programme which brings out the best in everyone - French, Italian, German and performers alike.” International Record Review, May 2011
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François Couperin: Apothéoses
Philippe Pierlot and his superb Ricercar Consort present tributes to both Corelli and Lully with the two Apothéoses by François Couperin, written in the memory of Arcangelo Corelli and Jean-Baptiste Lully respectively. Behind them is an aesthetic programme: they are a plea for the mixture of the Italian and the French style, the so-called goûts réunis. The ensemble consists of Marc Hantaï and Georges Barthel (transverse flutes), François Fernandez and Sophie Gent (violins), Philippe Pierlot (viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (theorbo and guitar) and François Guerrier (harpsichord). Both pieces are given lively and expressive interpretations: Couperin's Apothéoses are in the tradition of the tombeau, and therefore the Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully by Jean-Féry Rebel fits well into the programme and is performed in between the two pieces by Couperin.
“The consort's performance is superbly stylised, from the disarming simplicity of Corelli's 'sleep' to the delicate cross-rhythms of a gentle Lullian 'air'. Jean-Fery Rebel's Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully, which divides the Couperin pieces, spectacularly contrasts Italian fire with French lyricism. The programme is excellently recorded in a glorious acoustic.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2012 *****
“It is a neat idea to bring together Couperin's complementary celebrations of the competing national styles of the mid-Baroque...Couperin is seeking essentially musical means to achieve his programmatic purpose, ingeniously and fascinatingly throwing extra emphasis on the very subject at hand.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
“The first thing to say about this disc is that it has a truly gorgeous sound. Th Ricercar Consort has taken a minimalist approach to instrumentation...The Consort plays these serious but entertaining works with considerable charm and superlative technique, sounding at once magisterial and superlative.” International Record Review, June 2012
BBC Music Magazine
Chamber Choice - April 2012
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Couperin - Trois Sonates En Trio
Orchestre De Chambre Jean-Francoise Paillard
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Couperin - Apothéoses
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Court of the Sun King
The Glory of the French Baroque
Pièces de clavecin (1689)
Suite for 2 flutes
Motet du Saint-Esprit Marchand
Livre d’orgue (excerpt)
Te Deum, H146
Magnificat, H. 76
Messe de minuit pour Noël
Dialogus inter angelos et Pastores Judeae in nativitatem Domini, H. 420
Messe pour les trépassés
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre, H 424
Leçons de Ténèbres
Audite omnes et expanescite (Meditatio de passione Christi)
Messe à l'usages des Paroisses: excerpts
Messe à l'usages des Couvents
Apothéoses: Le Parnasse ou L'apothéose de Corelli, Grande Sonade, en Trio
Concert No. 1 (Concert Royal) in G major
L'Apothéose de Lulli
Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 6
Messe “Conctipotens genitor Deus” (excerpt)
Leçons De Ténèbres
Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy (extracts)
Suite de Symphonies d'Amadis
Suite du 2e ton
The Court of the Sun King is a 10CD set celebrating both the glories of the French Baroque and the glories of the Erato catalogue. For over half a century Erato has led the way in bringing this period of music out of libraries to the wider world of listeners. Many of their classic recordings from the 1960s and 70s, featuring French musicians and ensembles such as Jean-François Paillard, Louis Martini and Marie-Claire Alain, are now brought together for the first time. From grand sacred works by Charpentier to vivid theatrical pieces by Lully to intimate sonatas by Boismortier, The Court of the Sun King takes in the gamut of musical life in this period of exceptional cultural richness.
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