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Couperin: Lecons De Tenebres / Bowman, Chance, King, Caudle


Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55455   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  François Couperin
Performer:  James BowmanMichael ChanceRobert KingMark Caudle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

F. COUPERIN Trois Leçons de Ténèbres. Laetentur caeli. Venite exsultemus. Magnificat James Bowman, Michael Chance (ct); Mark Caudle (vdg); Robert King (org) HELIOS 55455 (63:09 Text and Translation)

I missed this the first time it came around ( Fanfare 15:6) and I don’t have most of the more recent issues of the famous Three Lessons of Tenebrae for comparison, so I have to go back to Jean-Christophe Frisch on K617 Read more (not reviewed here), Gérard Lesne on Harmonic (not reviewed here), Mieke van der Sluis (14:3), and Emma Kirkby (3:5). While I heartily approved of the last two when they were new, Gérard Lesne made an incomparable version that has not been widely available, the only version to follow each lesson with the correct chant responsory. (The wonderful Harmonic Classics label works or used to work out of a seaport on the coast of Brittany.) Short of that, this is a worthy interpretation, filled out with two motets and a Magnificat for full value. There was a time when James Bowman and Michael Chance were not numbered among my favorite countertenors, but this time they sing very well together. At a more modest price, this will please most buyers.

FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Laetentur Coeli "Motet de St Barthélémy" by François Couperin
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Robert King (Organ),
Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
2.
Venite exultemus Domine by François Couperin
Performer:  Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba), Michael Chance (Countertenor), James Bowman (Countertenor),
Robert King (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Leçons de tenébres by François Couperin
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba),
Robert King (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1717; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Length: 39 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Magnificat by François Couperin
Performer:  James Bowman (Countertenor), Robert King (Organ), Mark Caudle (Bass Viola da gamba),
Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 12/1990 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Latin 

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