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Couperin: Apothéoses

London Baroque

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Le Parnasse, ou L'Apotheose de Corelli  
1
I. Corelli at the foot of Mount Parnassus asks the Muses to welcome him amongst them.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:19
2
II. Corelli, enchanted by his favourable reception at Mount Parnassus, expresses his joy. He proceeds with his followers.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:16
3
III. Corelli drinks at the well of Hypocrene. His followers proceed.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:41
4
IV. Corelli's exaltation at drinking at the waters of Hypocrene.
François Couperin; London Baroque
1:03
5
V. After his exaltation, Corelli now falls asleep; his followers attend with some very quiet music.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:25
6
VI. The Muses wake Corelli and place him next to Apollo.
François Couperin; London Baroque
0:52
7
VII. Corelli gives thanks.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:12
L'Apothéose de Lulli  
8
I. Lully in the Elysian Fields making music with the spirits of the underworld.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:31
9
II. Air for the same.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:22
10
III. Mercury flies to the Elysian Fields to warn of Apollo's impending arrival there.
François Couperin; London Baroque
0:39
11
IV. Descent of Apollo, who comes to offer his violin to Lully and a place on Parnassus.
François Couperin; London Baroque
3:14
12
V. Subterranean rumblings caused by Lully's contemporaries.
François Couperin; London Baroque
0:37
13
VI. Lamentations of the same for flutes or very muted violins.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:28
14
VII. Lully is elevated to Parnassus.
François Couperin; London Baroque
1:01
15
VIII. The welcome (both kind and guarded) given to Lully by Corelli and the Italian Muses.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:22
16
IX. Lully's thanks to Apollo.
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:40
17
X. Apollo persuades Lully and Corelli that ... French and Italian styles would make perfection in Music: Essay in the form of an overture.
François Couperin; London Baroque
4:12
18
XI. Lully plays the subject and Corelli accompanies it (First Air); Corelli plays the subject ...and Lully accompanies it (Second Air)
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:02
19
XII. The Peace of Parnasus (Trio Sonata): I. Gravement
François Couperin; London Baroque
2:45
20
XIII. The Peace of Parnasus (Trio Sonata): II. Saillie (Vivement)
François Couperin; London Baroque
1:29
21
XIV. The Peace of Parnasus (Trio Sonata): III. Rondement
François Couperin; London Baroque
1:38
22
XV. The Peace of Parnasus (Trio Sonata): IV. Vivement
François Couperin; London Baroque
1:34
23
La Sultane
François Couperin; London Baroque
9:33
24
La Steinquerque
François Couperin; London Baroque
9:12
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:07
"... imaginatively compiled ... the string textures are pleasingly rich and sonorous, which is a tribute to Couperin, to the players and, once more, to the BIS engineers."
- MusicWeb International

"... (London Baroque) empathize with (Couperin's) music, clearly conveying both his musical architecture ... and his musical interpretation of the transitory emotions stirred by, for example, exuberance, a sense of occasion or quiet contemplation ... the opening movement of La Sultane is ravishing ... the recording quality is superb."
- Gramophone

François Couperin honours two other Baroque greats, Corelli and Lully, on the two Apothéoses at the heart of this programme from world renowned chamber ensemble London Baroque. Released in 2003, the album also includes two companion pieces, La Sultane and La Steinquerque.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – BIS Records Studio Masters

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