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).
ReviewsThere are currently no reviews, be the first one!
The Sea - Songs by Faure, Schubert & Debussy / Henk Neven, baritone; Hans Eijsackers, piano
Giovanni Palestrina, Vol. 3 - Missa Regina caeli; Stabat Mater; Motet Regina caeli, Terra tremuit et al. / The Sixteen
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 - Piano Sonatas Nos.4, 14 & 24; Fantasy, Op.77 / Jonathan Biss, piano
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto no 1; Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor; Vieuxtemps: Fantasia appassionata / Soo-Hyun Park, violin
Prokofiev: War Sonatas - Piano Sonatas Nos.6, 7 & 8 / Denis Kozhukhin (piano)
Michael Hurd: Orchestral Music & Pop Cantatas / New London Orchestra & Children's Choir
Scarlatti Illuminated - Original keyboard sonatas and re-compositions by keyboard giants of the 19th & 20th centuries / Joseph Moog, piano
Franck & Strauss: Violin Sonatas / Augustin Dumay, violin; Louis Lortie, piano
J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Ascension Day - Lfenneke Ruiten, Meg Bragle, Andrew Tortise, Dietrich Henschel / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
Works DetailsCouperin, François : Les Nations, sonatas & suites for 2 violins & continuo
- Ensemble: Les Ombres
- Notes: Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (04/01/2012-04/09/2012); Temple Lanterne, Lyon, France (06/06/2012); Eglise Saint-Rémy, Dieppe (06/06/2012)
- Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
- Period Time: Baroque