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ANTHONY LEWIS

Couperin: Sacred Music / Lully: Miserere

Model:
4828542
SKU:
363582
PLU: 28948285426
Two rare L'Oiseau-Lyre recordings of French Baroque masterpieces, newly remastered and making their first appearance on CD
Two rare L'Oiseau-Lyre recordings of French Baroque masterpieces, newly remastered and making their first appearance on CD
Format - CD
Genre - Classical
Release Date - 08/02/19

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Two rare L'Oiseau-Lyre recordings of French Baroque masterpieces, newly remastered and making their first appearance on CD
 
From the time of its foundation in 1932 by the Australian-born, Paris-adopted philanthropist Louise Hanson-Dyer, Editions L'Oiseau Lyre specialised in French early music as the name of the imprint implied. The company's first complete scholarly edition a year later comprised the complete works of Francois Couperin to mark the bicentenary of his death. Although the company's postwar recording activity centred on London, French repertoire continued to be recorded locally.
 
This pair of LPs released in 1954 and 1955 marked a bold departure: sacred vocal consort music, still hardly known to the record-buying public, in performances of scholarly authority (for the mid-1950s), technical finesse and lively temperament. This reissue presents them once more on CD, complemented by authoritative booklet notes from the original releases by the respected writer on French music Marc Pincherle.
 
Taking the soaring haut-contre line in Couperin's grand Motet pour Saint-Suzanne was the English tenor William Herbert, who features on several other L'Oiseau Lyre recordings reissued by Eloquence, alongside the soprano Jennifer Vyvyan and conductor Anthony Lewis: among them Handel's 'Semele' (4825055) and sacred Litanies by Mozart (4825041).
 
Herbert is again one of the soloists in the no-less starrily cast record of Lully's imposing setting of the Miserere. Lewis;s conducting is alive to the cool splendour of Lully's writing which so tellingly anticipates the set-pieces of Handel's oratorios. Essential listening for aficionados of the French Baroque and for anyone with an ear for singing of high artistry whatever the era.
 
'Madame de Sevigne declared that in heaven there could be no other music but Lully's and this lovely work makes one understand just what she meant... The performance is imbued with true artistry.' Gramophone, November 1954
 
'Professor Lewis keeps things going and takes advantage of every opportunity for achieving variety...[the soloists] blend into an effective ensemble. Good recording.' High Fidelity, October 1955 (Lully)
 
'William Herbert, in excellent voice, deals very successfully with the high tessitura of his vocal line… Anthony Lewis directs the admirable and well-tone instrumental playing... and the recording and balance are first-rate.' Gramophone, November 1955 (Couperin)
Primary Format - MusicCD
ArtistANTHONY LEWIS
LabelDecca / Eloquence
Music GenreClassical
Music Genre PrimaryClassical

CD

  • 1. FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (16681733) - Motet de Sainte-Suzanne
  • 2. FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (16681733) - 4 Versets dun Motet composé de lordre du Roy (1703)
  • 3. FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (16681733) - Verset du Motet de lannée dernière: Qui dat nives
  • 4. FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (16681733) - Verset du Motet composé de lordre du roi: Deus virtutem convertere
  • 5. FRANÇOIS COUPERIN (16681733) - Dialogus inter Deum et hominem
  • 6. JEAN-BAPTISTE LULLY (16321687) - Miserere
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