Couperin - Les Concerts Royaux - Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations - 2005 (SACD-R, ISO)

Couperin – Les Concerts Royaux – Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations – 2005 (SACD-R, ISO)

Composer: François Couperin
Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations
Conductor: Jordi Savall
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 SACD-R
Format: ISO
Bit Depth: 64(2.8 MHz/1 Bit)
Number of channels: 5.0, 2.0
Label: Alia Vox
Size: 3.12 GB
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Jordi Savall, Le Concert des Nations
François Couperin: Les Concerts Royaux

Premier concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in G major:

01. Prélude. Gravement
02. Allemande. Légèrement
03. Sarabande. Mesuré
04. Gavotte. Notes égales et coul
05. Gigue. Légèrement
06. Menuet en trio

Deuxième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in D major:

07. Prélude. Gracieusement
08. Allemande fuguée. Gayement
09. Air tendre
10. Air contre fugué. Vivement
11. Echos. Tendrement

Troisième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in A major:12. Prélude.
Lentement

13. Allemande. Légèrement
14. Courante
15. Sarabande. Grave
16. Gavotte
17. Muzette. Naïvement
18. Chaconne lègere

Quatrième concert, for harpsichord (or violin, flute, oboe, viol & bassoon) in E minor:

19. Prélude. Gravement
20. Allemande. Légèrement
21. Courante françoise
22. Courante à l’italiene
23. Sarabande. Très tendrement
24. Rigaudon. Légèrement et mar
25. Forlane. Rondeau. Gayement

The sound quality on this CD, recorded in a French abbey, is exceptional. The depth & variety are marvellous. And, of course, Jordi Savall is once again a star.

Allmusic review:

Composed for the Sunday concerts of the aging Louis XIV, François Couperin’s Concerts Royaux are as good as it gets for French Baroque chamber music. The lightness, the tenderness, the elegance, the etherealness, &, above all, the endearing poetry & enduring musicality of Couperin’s works are as ingratiating today as they were 300 years ago. This is particularly true in this AliaVox recording by the international Le Concert des Nations led by bass violist Jordi Savall. One of the deepest & subtlest of all living musicians, Savall’s interpretations are warmly affectionate, wittily humorous, wonderfully musical, & profoundly poetic. Savall & his players perform Couperin’s 4 suites with a sympathy that passes into empathy & an understanding that becomes identification. As in the best jazz ensembles, one never senses a distinction between music & musician, but rather the complete unity of both. One could point out endless felicities — the expressiveness of phrases, the phrasing of lines, the nuances of harmonies, the gracefulness of rhythms — but it is the poetic unanimity of the playing that is most impressive. While there have been superlative recordings of Le Concert des Nations in the past — one thinks of Monica Huggett’s superb Trio Sonniere recording on ASV — this recording will surely be the benchmark for years to come. AliaVox’s digital sound is full, round, open, & easily as good as the best by any label in the world.

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