Notes & Reviews:
Although the composers of the French baroque were remarkably prolific, they left us relatively little chamber music. Luckily, the few works extant are as well-written as those by Vivaldi or Bach and they provide listeners a new perspective on music of the period. François Couperin, the finest composer at the court of Louis XIV, wrote several masterworks of chamber music, including the elegant and beautiful collection of sonatas entitled Les Nations, performed here by the ensemble Les Ombres. Couperin greatly admired Italian baroque composers such as Corelli, and his sonatas demonstrate his lifelong commitment to uniting, in his music, the best of both French and Italian musical conventions.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The stimulus for the recording was a desire to color, to use a wide palette of instrumentations. The ensemble includes violins, flutes, oboes, bassoon, viol, lute, and harpsichord. The expanded orchestration lends a theatrical grandeur to the music. The musicians of Les Ombres play with confidence and enthusiasm. I was thankful for the opportunity to hear Les Nations in this new guise.
Recording information: Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (06/06/2012); Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (06/06/2012).
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Works DetailsFrançois Couperin (1668 - 1733) : Les Nations, sonatas & suites for 2 violins & continuo
- Ensemble: Les Ombres
- Notes: Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (06/06/2012); Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (06/06/2012)
- Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque