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The Sultan And The Phoenix / Charivari Agréable


Release Date: 07/24/2001 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 32   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Louis CouperinFrançois CouperinArmand-Louis CouperinJacques Duphly,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This could have been just another viol consort disc, but instead it manages to offer some unique and worthwhile perspectives on works by the Couperins--Louis, François, and Armand-Louis--and throws in some very attractive pieces by Jacques Duphly, Marin Marais, Louis-Antoine Dornel, Pierre Dumage, and Michel Corrette. Don't worry if most of these names aren't familiar: the music, some presented in its original form, the rest in artful arrangements by members of the early music ensemble Charivari Agréable ("pleasant tumult"), is eminently listenable and musically satisfying. The Couperins composed mostly for organ and harpsichord, and several of the works here are arranged or adapted from keyboard pieces, most notably Read more François' "Les barricades mistérieuses", whose sensuous, flowing, suspension-laden lines prove well-suited to a solo theorbo. The bass viol also figures prominently--and unusually--in Corrette's Le Phénix, a concerto for four bass viols, and in François Couperin's La Sultane (for two bass viols), the composer's "attempt" to write a piece in the style of Corelli. Perhaps the most striking of all the works on this program are two by Duphly, "La Madin" and "La Casaubon". Originally for keyboard, the composer also included violin accompaniments; but in this version, harpsichordist Kah-Ming Ng has created settings for two solo treble viols and keyboard that are so thoroughly engaging that you'll likely want an immediate repeat performance.

The seven performers from the UK-based Charivari Agréable are experienced early music practitioners who have made their mark particularly in performances and recordings of French baroque music. They certainly have a knack for finding appropriate repertoire and, where useful or necessary, adapting it for their own style and instrumentation--a practice fully consistent with that of 17th and 18th century musicians. The sound is bright and resonant, wanting only a bit more warmth. This is an intelligently created and expertly played program that shouldn't be overlooked by fans of Baroque instrumental chamber music.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de clavecin: no 102, La Piémontoise in A minor by Louis Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
2.
Pièces de Clavecin: no 120, Pavane in F sharp minor by Louis Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; France 
3.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 6 in B flat major - Les baricades mistérieuses by François Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
4.
Sonata for 2 Violins, Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in D minor "La sultane" by François Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: Paris, France 
5.
Pièces de clavecin: La chéron by Armand-Louis Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1751; Paris, France 
6.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 4: no 9, La Madin by Jacques Duphly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768; France 
7.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 4: no 10, La de Casaubon by Jacques Duphly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768; France 
8.
Livre de simphonies, Op. 1: Sonate en quatuor in B minor by Louis Antoine Dornel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1709; France 
9.
Alcione: Suite(s) by Marin Marais
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1706; Paris, France 
10.
Livre d'orgue contenant une suite du premier ton: Récit by Pierre Dumage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; France 
11.
Concerto for 4 Bassoons/Cellos "Le phénix" by Michel Corrette
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738; France 
12.
Fantasy "pour les Violes" for Organ by Louis Couperin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charivari Agréable
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 

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