Couperin - Ariane consolee par Bacchus | Aparte AP130

Couperin - Ariane consolee par Bacchus

Label: Aparte

Cat No: AP130

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 16th September 2016



Couperin came from a dynasty of musicians very much in the public eye, starting with the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV. This dynasty would remain important after the death of Francois Couperin, known as Couperin le Grand ('the  Great'). Chosen personally by the Sun King for the Chapelle Royale at Versailles, he was quickly forgotten after his death, being eclipsed by Rameau. However history would consider him the most accomplished expression of French genius in the 18th century.

Here, the cantata 'Ariane consolée par Bacchus' is unveiled and served by a dream cast led by Christophe Rousset. This first release on the Aparté label is the forerunner of a boxed set to celebrate the occasion of Couperin's 250th birthday.

1-6 Ariane consolée par Bacchus, cantata
7-15 Apothéose de Lully
16-22 Apollon persuade Lully et Corelli que la réunion des Goûts français et italien doit faire la perfection de la musique.
Essai en forme d'ouverture.
23-29 Le Parnasse ou l'Apothéose de Corelli, 1724 Grande Sonade en trio


This Ariane consolée par Bacchus, somewhat unusually, is for a baritone. Although best known as an opera singer and recitalist of later repertoire, Stéphane Degout adjusts his voice to the varied pace within the recitatives and expresses words such as ‘douceur’ in the first Air and the tongue-twisting text of the ritournelle in the final Air with the lightest touch. ... Rousset’s vision for his ensemble of oboes, flutes, violins and viol is sublime, as too are his harpsichord realisations. This is a landmark recording to treasure.  Julie Anne Sadie
Gramophone December 2016

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