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Raymond Leppard - Couperin: Apotheose de Lully / Les Nations
Raymond Leppard - Couperin: Apotheose de Lully / Les Nations (Decca 480 2372)
SKU: 15164
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 2372 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

One of Couperin's most important, varied and profound compositions, Apotheose de Lully is cast in a programmatic form. Each movement tells a section of the story of the acceptance of Lully into Parnassus, his meeting there with Corelli (the founding fathers of the rival French and Italian styles), and Apollo's persuading of them to bring about a reconciliation of the two styles for the sake of 'la perfection de la Musique'. Originally indicated to be performed on two harpsichords, or even as a piece for chamber orchestra, Raymond Leppard has carefully devised the piece in such a way as he thinks it might have been played in a formal concert performance, drawing clues on instrumentation from contemporary operatic scores.

The companion piece on this CD, the first two 'ordres' of Les Nations is performed by one of the early pioneering Baroque ensembles, The Jacobean Ensemble (with Neville Marriner playing first violin) under Thurston Dart. Reviewing the recording in November 1962, Gramophone praised the recording for being 'distinguished by the finesse of playing and a sense of style that is all too rare in modern recordings of 17th-century masterpieces. The elegance, grace, and charm of these suites for the standard trio-sonata group reach the listener with an air of easy authority, thanks to the expert handling of ornaments by these four players. The violins of Neville Marriner and Carl Pini blend as smoothly as one could wish, and Desmond Dupre's gamba is skilfully balanced into the ensemble, whose mainstay and prop is the harpsichord realisation in the capable hands of Thurston Dart. The individual character of these pieces emerges vividly and naturally, and will surely give pleasure to all connoisseurs of French music.'

First release on CD.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

Composers: Couperin.
Conductors: Thurston Dart, Raymond Leppard.
Orchestras: English Chamber Orchestra, The Jacobean Ensemble.
Tracks: FRANCOIS COUPERIN 'LE GRAND' (1668-1733)

Apotheose de Lully
English Chamber Orchestra
Raymond Leppard

Les Nations
The Jacobean Ensemble
Thurston Dart
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15164
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 2372
Price: AU $8.95   

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