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Ensemble Ausonia, Isabelle Desrochers, Thomas Lenaerts - Bourgeois: Cantates françaises (2005)

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Ensemble Ausonia, Isabelle Desrochers, Thomas Lenaerts - Bourgeois: Cantates françaises (2005)

Ensemble Ausonia, Isabelle Desrochers, Thomas Lenaerts - Bourgeois: Cantates françaises (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 60:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Misique en Wallonie | MEW0422 | Recorded: 2004

Bourgeois was born in Hainault, which today is a province of Belgium. Between 1700 and 1705 he was active as a church musician in Toul and Strasbourg, then went to Paris to sing as an haute-contre in the Académie Royale de Musique. He also gave music lessons and published his first compositions: a book with chamber cantatas and two ballet operas. In 1721 he was in charge of the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. He was forced to leave because of financial mismanagement, and went to The Hague, where he headed the French theatre.

Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)

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Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)

Carolyn Sampson, Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Les Sirènes: Thomas-Louis Bourgeois - Cantates (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 325 Mb | Total time: 72:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Carus | CARUS83374 | Recorded: 2011

Thomas-Louis Bourgeois (1676–1751) is one of the masters of the French chamber cantata at the time of the Régence, when – at last – it was permissible to introduce Italian influences openly in France. His imaginative music, as elegant as it is compositionally skillful, forms a welcome complement to the works of contemporaries such as Campra or Rameau who are infinitely better known today. Carolyn Sampson and Le Concert Lorrain revive for us the charming insouciance of the Régence.