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Couperin, Lalande: Leçons de ténèbres / Kirkby, Mellon

Album Summary

>Couperin, François : Lecons de tenebres
>Delalande, Michel-Richard : Lecons de Tenebres, H 31
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres are justly celebrated, their intense yet intimate sound-world reflecting both the agony and the ecstasy of these texts. ... the crystalline purity of Emma Kirkby's soprano offsets the smoky tones of Agnès Mellon. Eloquent restraint and internalised ardour combine in these sensitively judged accounts. Less well known than the Couperin are Lalande's hypnotic Tenebrae settings... These are, in short, performances of infinite tenderness, profound affection and mature insight.

Gramophone Magazine
When the two voices swell fervently there is a sense of emotional arrival, mutual enhancement and discovery.



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Works Details

>Couperin, François : Leçons de tenébres :: Premier leçon
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Charles Medlam (Cello); Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1713-1717
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Delalande, Michel-Richard : Leçons de Ténèbres, H 31 :: Excerpt(s)
  • Performers: Terence Charlston (Harpsichord); Emma Kirkby (Soprano); Charles Medlam (Cello); Agnès Mellon (Soprano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1711
  • Studio/Live: Studio