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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1465 | Recorded: 2004

The Italian-style trio sonata, honed by Corelli into a monument of seventeenth century classicism with its perfect balance of new-found tonality and assimilation of dance forms into art music, had a hard time finding a foothold in France. Among other aspects, the unwillingness to abandon the dance suite – possibly caused by the privileged position of ballet as a royal pastime at the court of Louis XIV – meant that French composers waited until the end of the century to compose "proper" trio sonatas. But a great deal of experimentation with the form went on before that, and not surprisingly one of the experimenters was the Italian "immigrant" Lully. His rôle at the court of the Sun-king included providing small-scale works for the Coucher du Roi, the nightly ceremony marking the king's withdrawal to bed.

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

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Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.02 Gb | Total time: 10:47:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 260 | Recorded: 1999-2013

Versailles: its court, its atmosphere and its music… So many splendours emblematic of a monument with an incomparably rich history. The works associated with the palace have travelled down the centuries and today represent a precious part of our heritage. In this ten-CD set, Alpha retraces the musical life of the unique and luminous universe of Versailles. Le Poème Harmonique, Café Zimmermann, Capriccio Stravagante and many others invite themselves into the company of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Henry d’Anglebert and share with us for a few hours the sumptuous concerts that made Versailles a place like no other.

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

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Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique: Flute Music for the Court of Louis XIV (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 68:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.579083 | Recorded: 2017

This programme portrays the ‘birth’ of the flute in France in the late 17th century and the following 40 years of its life as a new and fashionable instrument. A famous patron of the arts, King Louis XIV gathered elite composers and musicians to create the refinement, elegance and good taste that was demanded at his Paris Court. From the early petites pièces to more virtuoso suites and sonatas with their ornamented lyricism and grand dance rhythms, the mellow, robust and almost husky sounds of flutes from this period blend and weave around each other like the voices of two singers.

Emmanuel Mandrin, Jean Boyer, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr - Clérambault: Chants et motets, Livre d'Orgue (1994)

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Emmanuel Mandrin, Jean Boyer, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr - Clérambault: Chants et motets, Livre d'Orgue (1994)

Emmanuel Mandrin, Jean Boyer, Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr - Clérambault: Chants et motets, Livre d'Orgue (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 646 Mb | Total time: 68:36+66:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: FNAC | 592316 | Recorded: 1993

Clérambault was born in 1676 in Paris in a musical family whose members had served the kings of France since the 15th century. His father Dominique was a violinist and a member of the 24 violons du roi. Louis-Nicolas probably received his first music lessons from him. His organ teacher was André Raison to whom he dedicated his Livre d'orgue. His oeuvre is not very sizeable, but of consistently high quality. He was a major contributor to the genre of the chamber cantata which became popular in the early decades of the 18th century under the influence of the Italian style. Five books of such cantatas were published between 1710 and 1726.

The Bach Players - Nicolas Clérambault: Chamber Music from the Brossard Collection (2019)

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The Bach Players - Nicolas Clérambault: Chamber Music from the Brossard Collection (2019)

The Bach Players - Nicolas Clérambault: Chamber Music from the Brossard Collection (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 58:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Coviello | COV 91928 | Recorded: 2018

The chamber music of Clérambault has been a real voyage of discovery for The Bach Players. We mostly know Clérambault as the composer of many wonderful Cantatas. His chamber music is written in a very different style. Here he joins Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin in experimenting with the Italian style that gradually gained popularity in France. None of these works were published during his lifetime. We owe it to the good taste of Sébastien de Brossard, who copied these scores, that this wonderfully expressive music was preserved for us to enjoy today.