Le Belle Vielleuse: The Virtuoso Hurdy-Gurdy in 18th-Century France | Ricercar RIC382

Le Belle Vielleuse: The Virtuoso Hurdy-Gurdy in 18th-Century France

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Label: Ricercar

Cat No: RIC382

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 19th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Monika Mauch (soprano)
Tobie Miller (hurdy-gurdy)
Ensemble Danguy

Artists

Monika Mauch (soprano)
Tobie Miller (hurdy-gurdy)
Ensemble Danguy

About

In the time of Madame de Pompadour, the hurdy-gurdy, like the musette, enjoyed a great success. It was considered to be on a level with other instruments and, as can be seen in various paintings, was highly regarded by the ladies of the aristocracy.

Several books of instruction for the instrument were published, one of which was Michel Corretteís La Belle Vielleuse; virtuoso players such as Danguy and Dupuits extended its playing techniques to their limits. The instrumentís charm was sung by various poets whose words were then set as cantatas. The unknown works that constitute this recording place it firmly in the French court of the time with its stylised pastoral diversions.

Reviews

I had little idea of what to expect but the opening charmed me... there canít be a better showcase than this
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 27 May 2017

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