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

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  1. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: I. Incipit Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae $1.29 on iTunes
  2. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: II. Aleph. Quomodo sedet sola $1.29 on iTunes
  3. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: III. Beth. Plorans ploravit in nocte $1.29 on iTunes
  4. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: IV. Ghimel. Migravit Juda $1.29 on iTunes
  5. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: V. Daleth. Viae Sion lugent $1.29 on iTunes
  6. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: VI. He. Facti sunt hostes $1.29 on iTunes
  7. F. Couperin — Première Leçon, à une voix: VII. Jerusalem, convertere $1.29 on iTunes
  8. F. Couperin — Sonate en trio en Mi Mineur, SdB. 220 $1.29 on iTunes
  9. F. Couperin — Seconde Leçon, à une voix: I. Vau. Et egressus est $1.29 on iTunes
  10. F. Couperin — Seconde Leçon, à une voix: II. Zain. Recordata est Jerusalem $1.29 on iTunes
  11. F. Couperin — Seconde Leçon, à une voix: III. Heth. Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem $1.29 on iTunes
  12. F. Couperin — Seconde Leçon, à une voix: IV. Heth. Peccatum peccavit Jerusalem $1.29 on iTunes
  13. F. Couperin — Seconde Leçon, à une voix: V. Jerusalem, convertere $1.29 on iTunes
  14. F. Couperin — Sonate en trio en La Mineur, SdB. 223 $1.29 on iTunes
  15. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon, à deux voix: I. Jod. Manum suam misit hostis $1.29 on iTunes
  16. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon, à deux voix: II. Caph. Omnis populis ejus $1.29 on iTunes
  17. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon, à deux voix: III. Lamed. O vos omnes $1.29 on iTunes
  18. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon, à deux voix: IV. Mem. De excelso misit ignem $1.29 on iTunes
  19. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon, à deux voix: V. Nun. Vigilavit jugum $1.29 on iTunes
  20. F. Couperin — Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres: Jerusalem, convertere $1.29 on iTunes
  21. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: I. Stabat mater dolorosa $1.29 on iTunes
  22. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: II. Cujus animam gementem $1.29 on iTunes
  23. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: III. O quam tristis $1.29 on iTunes
  24. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: IV. Quae maerebat et dolebat $1.29 on iTunes
  25. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: V. Quis est homo $1.29 on iTunes
  26. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: VI. Pro peccatis suae gentis $1.29 on iTunes
  27. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: VII. Vidit suum dulcem natum $1.29 on iTunes
  28. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: VIII. Eia mater, fons amoris $1.29 on iTunes
  29. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: IX. Sancta Mater, istud agas $1.29 on iTunes
  30. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: X. Tui nati vulnerati $1.29 on iTunes
  31. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: XI. Virgo virginum praeclara $1.29 on iTunes
  32. F. Couperin — Stabat Mater, SdB. 8: XII. Fac ut portem Christi mortem $1.29 on iTunes

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 Franois 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 Leons des tnbres, 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 Sbastien de Brossard round out this luminous program.

The Guardian, 8th September 2016
Two of the UK's finest early music voices divvy up Les Leons de Tnbres... 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 Leons 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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Works Details

>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