Couperin - Trois Lecons de Tenebres | Harmonia Mundi HMU807659

Couperin - Trois Lecons de Tenebres

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU807659

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
La Nuova Musica

Conductor

David Bates

Works

Brossard, Sebastien de

Stabat Mater
Trio Sonata in A minor, SdB 223
Trio Sonata in E minor, SdB 220

Couperin, Francois

Lecons de Tenebres (3)

Artists

Lucy Crowe (soprano)
Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
La Nuova Musica

Conductor

David Bates

About

François Couperin's 'Leçons de Ténèbres' (c. 1713-17), a setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, fused devotional expression with a dramatic performing style embodied here by sopranos Lucy Crowe and Elizabeth Watts. Two Trio Sonatas and a 'Stabat Mater' by Sébastien de Brossard round out this luminous programme.

La Nuova Musica
was founded by its artistic director David Bates in 2007 whilst in residency at Snape Maltings and was hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field”. They are regular contributors at Aldeburgh Music, St John’s Smith Square, London Handel Festival, Wigmore Hall and Spitalfields Music. Highlights of 2015 were a performance of 'Acis and Galatea' at SJSS which received a 5* review in The Times, describing it as “a reading that sparkled from the giddy overture to the consoling final chorus” followed by a concert performance of Cesti’s 'Orontea', where “Bates’ conducting had superb poise, and the cast was impeccable, with not a weak link anywhere” (The Guardian).

Reviews

In the first lesson, Lucy Crowe is ecstatic and golden, ravishing in her upper flourishes and the way she pushes and lingers on those achy-sweet dissonances. In the second lesson, Elizabeth Watts is grainier, softer-edged, earthier. When they sing together in the third lesson, the combination is breathtaking. Instrumental playing from La Nuova Musica under conductor David Bates is delicate and much more deadpan, providing a semblance of chasteness.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 9 September 2016

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