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François Couperin: Apothéoses / Ricercar Consort

Audio Samples

>Couperin, François : Le Parnasse, ou L'Apothéose de Corelli, trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo (Les Goûts réunis)
>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Le Tombeau de Monsieur Lully
>Couperin, François : L'Apothéose de Lully, for various instruments & continuo
>Couperin, François : La Paix du Parnasse, for 2 treble instruments & continuo (Apothéose de Lully)

Album Summary

>Couperin, François : Le Parnasse, ou L'Apothéose de Corelli, trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo (Les Goûts réunis)
>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Le Tombeau de Monsieur Lully
>Couperin, François : L'Apothéose de Lully, for various instruments & continuo
>Couperin, François : La Paix du Parnasse, for 2 treble instruments & continuo (Apothéose de Lully)
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Philippe Pierlot and his superb Ricercar Consort present the two Apothéoses by François Couperin, written in the memory of Arcangelo Corelli and Jean-Baptiste Lully respectively. Behind them is an aesthetic concept - they are a plea for the mixture of the Italian and the French style, or the so-called goûts réunis. Couperin's Apothéoses are in the tradition of the tombeau, and therefore the Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully by Jean-Féry Rebel is a perfect pairing to complete this disc of French Baroque masterworks.

BBC Music Magazine
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.

Gramophone Magazine
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.

International Record Review
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Église Saint-Jean-L'Évangéliste de Beaufays, Belgium (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Couperin, François : Le Parnasse, ou L'Apothéose de Corelli, trio sonata for 2 violins & continuo (Les Goûts réunis)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Rebel, Jean-Féry : Le Tombeau de Monsieur Lully
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, François : L'Apothéose de Lully, for various instruments & continuo
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Couperin, François : La Paix du Parnasse, for 2 treble instruments & continuo (Apothéose de Lully)
  • Conductor: Philippe Pierlot
  • Ensemble: Ricercar Consort
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725