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Couperin: Lecons de Tenebres / Bates, Watts, Crowe, La Nuova Musica


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 807659  
Composer:  François CouperinJeremiah ClarkeHenry PurcellSébastien de Brossard
Performer:  James ArthurElizabeth WattsLucy CroweEdward Grint
Conductor:  David Bates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La nuova musica
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

François Couperin (1668-1733) served as harpsichordist to Louis XIV and was famed for reforming elegant chamber music of the French court in the more impassioned Italian style of the time. For his Leçons de Ténèbres (c. 1713-17), a setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, “Couperin le Grand” fused devotional expression with a dramatic performing style embodied here by sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. Two Trio Sonatas and a Stabat Mater by Sébastien de Brossard (1655-1730) round out this luminous programme. François Couperin (1668-1733) served as harpsichordist to Louis XIV and was famed for reforming elegant chamber music of the French court in the more impassioned Italian style of the time. For his Leçons de Ténèbres (c. 1713-17), a setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, “Couperin le Grand” fused devotional expression with a dramatic performing style embodied here by sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. Two Trio Sonatas and a Stabat Mater by Sébastien de Brossard (1655-1730) round out this luminous programme. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Leçons de tenébres by François Couperin
Performer:  James Arthur (Baritone), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano),
Edward Grint (Bass)
Conductor:  David Bates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La nuova musica
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1717; Paris, France 
2.
Sonate en trio en mi mineur, SdB. 220 by Sébastien de Brossard
Performer:  James Arthur (Baritone), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano),
Edward Grint (Bass)
Conductor:  David Bates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La nuova musica
Period: Baroque 
3.
Sonate en trio en la mineur, SdB. 223 by Sébastien de Brossard
Performer:  James Arthur (Baritone), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano),
Edward Grint (Bass)
Conductor:  David Bates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La nuova musica
Period: Baroque 
4.
Stabat mater by Sébastien de Brossard
Performer:  James Arthur (Baritone), Elizabeth Watts (Soprano), Lucy Crowe (Soprano),
Edward Grint (Bass)
Conductor:  David Bates
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La nuova musica
Period: Baroque 

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