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François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres / Lucy Crowe; Elizabeth Watts; David Bates/La Nuova Musica

Album Summary

>Couperin, François : Leçons de Ténèbres, for treble voice (or 2 treble voices) & continuo
>Brossard, Sébastien de : Trio Sonata in E minor, SdB. 220
>Brossard, Sébastien de : Trio Sonata in A minor, SdB. 223
>Brossard, Sébastien de : Stabat Mater, motet, SdB 8
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The compositions of François Couperin, harpsichordist to Louis XIV, are renowned for blending the elegance of French court music with the more impassioned Italian style of the time. For his Leçons des ténèbres, a setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, ''Couperin le Grand'' fused devotional expression with a dramatic performing style embodied here perfectly by sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. Two Trio Sonatas and a Stabat Mater by Sébastien de Brossard round out this luminous program.

The Guardian, 8th September 2016
Two of the UK's finest early music voices divvy up Les Leçons de Ténèbres... Crowe is ecstatic and golden, ravishing in her upper flourishes... Watts is grainier, softer-edged, earthier. When they sing together in the third lesson, the combination is breathtaking.

Record Review, 24th September 2016
Such an intelligent choice of voices... both with a lovely purity and clarity, both ornamenting effectively, with Crowe's more tightly focussed sound contrasting very well with Watt's more voluptuous tone and vibrato.

The Classical Reviewer, 26th September 2016
Bates directs some very fine performances here. Both instrumentalists and voices of La Nuova Musica are terrific as are the two soloists in the Trois Leçons de Tenebres, Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. The excellent SACD recording is set in a lovely acoustic with a real sense of presence and detail.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, UK (10/2015).



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>Couperin, François : Leçons de Ténèbres, for treble voice (or 2 treble voices) & continuo
  • Performers: David Bates (Organ); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 34 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1712

>Brossard, Sébastien de : Trio Sonata in E minor, SdB. 220
  • Performers: David Bates (Organ); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin); Sabine Stoffer (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Couperin, François : Leçons de Ténèbres, for treble voice (or 2 treble voices) & continuo
  • Performers: David Bates (Organ); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin); Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 34 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1712

>Brossard, Sébastien de : Trio Sonata in A minor, SdB. 223
  • Performers: David Bates (Organ); Bojan Cicic (Violin); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin); Sabine Stoffer (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Couperin, François : Leçons de Ténèbres, for treble voice (or 2 treble voices) & continuo
  • Performers: David Bates (Organ); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin); Elizabeth Watts
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 34 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1712

>Brossard, Sébastien de : Stabat Mater, motet, SdB 8
  • Performers: Judith Evans (Double Bass); Alex McCartney (Theorbo); Jonathan Rees (Violin); Silas Wollston (Organ)
  • Conductor: David Bates
  • Ensemble: La Nuova Musica
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral