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Louis XIV 1715-2015 Celebration, Special Edition
Violaine le Chenadec (soprano), Marie-Frédérique Girod (soprano), Caroline Bardot (soprano), Caroline Weynants (soprano), Amandine Trenc (soprano), Caroline Meng (soprano), Lucile Richardot (mezzo-soprano), Dagmar Sasková (mezzo-soprano), Stephanie Leclerc (contralto), Stephen Collardelle (countertenor),...
Some of the music for ‘La Nuit’ is genuinely atmospheric and is sung with sustained tone and exquisite ornamentation by Lucile Richardot … The instrumental accompaniment is unfailingly funny... — More…
Arias by Stradella, Pasquini, Cavalli, Scarlatti et al.
Filippo Mineccia (countertenor)
Nereydas, Javier Ulises Illán
This is repertory...that for the most part suits his dark, handsome-sounding alto uncommonly well. Long, slowly unfolding lines are sustained with consummate ease and his coloratura has admirable... — More…
Ensemble Polyharmonique and Alexander Schneider, Alexander Schneider, Ensemble Polyharmonique
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Christophers tells us that the basic approach here is to allow the performers to ‘speak through singing’, and to treat the changes of time and metre ‘intuitively’ rather than with scholarly over-caution.... — More…
Coro Monteverdi di Cream & La Pifarescha, Bruno Gini
La Pifarescha’s fluent cornets and trombones are especially impressive in a six-part sonata reminiscent of Gabrieli’s canzoni; uncredited countertenor, tenor and bass soloists sing eloquently... — More…
Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto/musical direction), Shai Kribus (oboe), Patrick Langot (cello), Marie-Domitille Murez (harp) & Miguel Rincòn (theorbo)
Her approach is highly expressive, coaxing performances are nothing if not fiery. Stutzmann wrings every ounce of meaning and emotion from the texts, lending them real dramatic power – even outside... — More…