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Jonathan Cohen & Arcangelo - Francois Couperin: L'Apotheose de Lully & Lecons de tenebres (2017)

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Jonathan Cohen & Arcangelo - Francois Couperin: L'Apotheose de Lully & Lecons de tenebres (2017)
Artist: Jonathan Cohen & Arcangelo
Title Of Album: Francois Couperin: L'Apotheose de Lully & Lecons de tenebres
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Hyperion
Country: UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 70:35 min
Full Size: 314 MB


01. Lulli Aux Champs Elises - Arcangelo
02. Air Pour Les Memes - Arcangelo
03. Vol, De Mercure Aux Champs Elises - Arcangelo
04. Descente D'Apollon - Arcangelo
05. Rumeur Souteraine - Arcangelo
06. Plaintes Des Memes - Arcangelo
07. Enlevement De Lulli Au Parnasse - Arcangelo
08. Accueil Entre-Doux, Et -Agard - Arcangelo
09. Remerciment De Lulli - Arcangelo
10. Essai En Forme D'Ouverture - Arcangelo
11. Air Leger - Arcangelo
12. Second Air - Arcangelo
13. Gravement - Arcangelo
14. Saillie: Vivement - Arcangelo
15. Rondement - Arcangelo
16. Vivement - Arcangelo
17. Incipit Lamentatio - Various Performers
18. Aleph - Various Performers
19. Beth - Various Performers
20. Ghimel - Various Performers
21. Daleth - Various Performers
22. Heth - Various Performers
23. Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Various Performers
24. Vau - Various Performers
25. Zain - Various Performers
26. Heth - Various Performers
27. Teth - Various Performers
28. Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Various Performers
29. Jod - Various Performers
30. Caph - Various Performers
31. Lamed - Various Performers
32. Mem - Various Performers
33. Nun - Various Performers
34. Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Various Performers

Francois Couperin's L'Apotheose de Lully and L'Apotheose de Corelli are unique programmatic works, from late in the composer's career, in which he gave concrete form to the fusion of French and Italian influences that he had explored over much of his career. They are sometimes paired, but to aim at the generalist Couperin buyer with a work of an entirely different sort, as the English early music group Arcangelo and director/keyboardist Jonathan Cohen do here, is also a valid approach, and the music is beautifully executed. The two works, comprising little instrumental pieces preceded by a title, depict the ascent of their respective composer subjects to the heights of Parnassus. The titles are not always read aloud, as they are here, but this is preferable (and translations into English might have been helpful). L'Apotheose de Lully is heard here. Its instrumental parts can be realized in various ways; Arcangelo uses only two violins and continuo, but the continuo is flexible, with viola da gamba, lute, and harpsichord. The lute and harpsichord sound a bit unusual when played together, but when Thomas Dunford's lute steps out as a solo accompanimental instrument (sample the "Enlevement de Lulli au Parnasse"), the effect meshes well with the intimate quality of Cohen's approach as a whole. The work is paired here with the Lecons de Tenebres or Tenebrae Lessons, settings for one or two singers, with a continuo of lute, viola da gamba, and organ, of the biblical Lamentations of Jeremiah that combine text with vocal melismas that challenge the performer yet don't disturb the basic mood of piety and simplicity. They are among the most powerful in the long tradition of settings of this text, and the mood of sustained, transcendent calm achieved here by Cohen and sopranos Katherine Watson and Anna Dennis is luxurious. An excellent release for anyone interested in Couperin's vocal music and instrumental ensemble music. -- James Manheim

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