℗ 2005 BIS Records

François Couperin: Leçons De Ténèbres - Magnificat

Robin Blaze, Theatre Of Early Music, Daniel Taylor

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François Couperin; Robin Blaze; Daniel Taylor; Jonathan Manson; Laurence Cummings
3 Leçons De Ténèbres  
Premire Leçon
François Couperin; Daniel Taylor; Jonathan Manson; Laurence Cummings
Deuxième Leçon
François Couperin; Robin Blaze; Jonathan Manson; Laurence Cummings
Troisième Leçon
François Couperin; Robin Blaze; Daniel Taylor; Jonathan Manson; Laurence Cummings
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Total Playing Time    57:49
"Four Stars ... they are exquisite works, a rare blend of cool plainchant, French decoration and Italian passion. Countertenors Robin Blaze and Daniel Taylor have matching tone colours, though both manipulate them subtly ..." - BBC Music Magazine "... music making of a high order. Both singers take care of the long lines of the music, but give shape to individual moments within phrases ... I will be returning to the disc ... Blaze and Taylor give us a fine performance of the Magnificat ... Blaze and Taylor are ably supported by gamba player Jonathan Manson and organist Lawrence Cummings ... fine recording ..." - MusicWeb International "... the ever-mellifluous Taylor shows the more pure and delicate voice in the First Leçon, while Robin Blaze in the Second is stronger and more pungently characterful ... in the gorgeous Third Leçon, as also in the fill-up Magnificat, they combine superbly without at any point losing their individual characters ... sung with great expertise and sensitivity ... no lover of this superb music need fear disappointment by this atmospheric new recording ..." - Gramophone Leading countertenors Robin Blaze and Daniel Taylor step into the limelight, backed by the Theatre of Early Music, on fascinating performances of sacred music by François Couperin. His Leçons de Ténèbres represented a popular genre in France during the Baroque era: this 2005 release contains the only three surviving leçons from the nine Couperin composed. The programme also includes an inspired setting of the Magnificat, the Virgin Mary's own hymn of thanksgiving as she contemplates the birth of God that is to come.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Studio Masters

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