Couperin’s Avertissement notes that they may be transposed for any voice types, and recommends adding a bowed string instrument: “quoyque. Couperin’s Trois Leçons de Ténèbres are amongst the small amount of the composer’s sacred music that was published during his lifetime. They are intensely. Stream Couperin (Le Grand): Trois Leçons de Ténèbres by Veronique Gens & Sandrine Piau & Emmanuel Balssa & Les Talens Lyriques & Christophe Rousset .

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The French in their airs, aim at the soft, the easy, the flowing and coherent … but the Italians … venture the boldest cadences and the most irregular dissonance; and their airs are so out of the way that they resemble the compositions of no other nation in the world.

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Leçons de ténèbres (Couperin) – Wikipedia

In contrast, the excellent version of the Lecons on Erato led by Laurence Boulay reorganizes the three Lecons to no ill effect.

See all 3 reviews. MP3 Music, March 14, tenebtes retry”. The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. I have recently been listening to some of her Handel on the Naive label, which is not to be missed.

Leçons de ténèbres (François Couperin)

All our journalism is independent and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative. Skip to main content. The viol player Susanne Heinrich and theorbist Lynda Sayce tenebrse King, accompanying on a chamber organ, and offer sensitive support to the singers. All of his surviving sacred music is scored for one, two or three voices and continuo, sometimes with concertante instruments and chorus.


The music has, within its own self-imposed limits, an intensity and power rarely found in baroque church music. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

It was with the expectation of delight that I purchased this recording. Firstly – the Latin is not French Latin, as I’ve always considered it should be. I am at a loss to understand why – really, these two sopranos are so experienced tenebrss French baroque works that I fully expected them to have created a delicious performance.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Don’t mistake me – it’s not dreadful.

Catone In Utica [3 CD]. Would tenebers like to tell us about a lower price? When they sing together in the third lesson, the combination is breathtaking. Stream Couperin Le Grand: Please try again later. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Audio CD Verified Purchase. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I suppose I am very much a person of “Yes, I love this” or “No, I loathe it” – my opinions are rarely tepid. Clocking in at right over 10 minutes, the Magnificat may be my single favorite track here, livelier and little less serene than the other music.

Leçons de Ténèbres by Couperin and Lalande

The Magnificatwith its variety of textual moods, inspires a remarkable setting by Couperin which contains eleven contrasting sections in as many minutes.


I think it may be at least partly due to the recording itself rather than the singers, but I do have a few quibbles with regard to the singing. I feel that perhaps they did not share the same vision of the works on this recording, so that they sometimes seem to be pulling away from each other rather than together.

I own recordings of both of them which are lovely – Piau’s Mozart arias is exquisite better by several degrees than her more recent Handel arias recording, coiperin that too has some fine thingsand Gens’ extensive recording repertoire from her Mozart to her Berlioz is regularly taken out of my CD shelves to be given another listen.

Additional taxes may apply. The two sopranos, as I’ve said, are lovely on other recordings. This is the case with so much of his music: Loading comments… Trouble loading? trnebres

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Helped by some very fine sound engineering, it is warmly recommended. In the duet work, this is fatal Write a customer review. This disc is exemplary and beautiful.

I hovered between 3 and 4 stars for this. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Levons links are powered by Skimlinks.