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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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This is the case with so much of his music: Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

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Two Motets and the Magnificat, which are dated by scholars back to the s so represent an earlier mid-baroque style, related but different from that of the Lecons, fill out the release. In the first lesson, Lucy Crowe is ecstatic and golden, ravishing in her upper flourishes and the way she pushes and lingers on those achy-sweet dissonances.

Yet even in the solo portions of the works recorded here, I was not transported with delight. By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. 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.


The motet Laetentur caeliin honour of the martyr St Bartholomew, is particularly Italianate, full of vocal melismas, couprrin with the two voices imitating and chasing each other in thirds. To my astonishment, the performance failed to “shimmer”, right from the start. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

The music has, within its own self-imposed limits, an intensity and power rarely found in baroque church music. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. All our journalism is coupfrin and is in no way influenced by any advertiser or commercial initiative.

Leçons de ténèbres (François Couperin) – ChoralWiki

Selected comparisons Couperin Vocal Works. Instrumental playing from La Nuova Elcons under conductor David Bates is delicate and much more deadpan, providing a semblance of chasteness. Sein Amt verlangte von ihm, sowohl Kompositionen zu liefern als auch selbst zu spielen.

Don’t mistake me – it’s not dreadful. Listen to them one after the other – the comparison is astonishing. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color: I am at a loss to understand why – really, these two sopranos are so experienced in French baroque works that I fully expected them to have created a delicious performance.

COUPERIN Trois Leçons de Ténèbres

All three are beautiful and worthwhile. Tombeau pour Sieur de Coupeerin Colombe. The two sopranos, as I’ve said, are lovely on other recordings. I suspect some listeners will absolutely love it for its ravishing and exalted cumulative effect.


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

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, but 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. The soprano Carolyn Sampson and mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland, both highly regarded as Baroque specialists, deliver fresh performances that are at once serious, stylish and beautifully judged.

Leçons de ténèbres (Couperin, François)

I also compared the performance with that from William Christie and Les Arts Florissants and found that, though the two share a similar approach, Gens and Piau inject much more life and emotion into their rendition, making it preferable. This can be heard musically as the last section of the 3rd Lecon ends inconclusively, not like a traditional structured conclusion. One person found this helpful. The blend of the two voices was Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace.

I suppose I am very much a person of “Yes, I love this” or “No, I loathe it” – my opinions are rarely tepid.