Bien que l'amour...: Airs Sérieux et à Boìre

Bien que l'amour...: Airs Sérieux et à Boìre

by Les Arts Florissants
     
 
The French Baroque air has not been much recorded, even in comparison with the earlier strophic air de cour. But the veteran ensemble Les Arts Florissants, under American-French director William Christie, having brought exposure to a good deal of previously unknown French music, is not slowing down in this regard, and this delightful collection of "serious and

Overview

The French Baroque air has not been much recorded, even in comparison with the earlier strophic air de cour. But the veteran ensemble Les Arts Florissants, under American-French director William Christie, having brought exposure to a good deal of previously unknown French music, is not slowing down in this regard, and this delightful collection of "serious and drinking airs" might well stimulate other performers to explore the repertory. French music of the period is deeply associated with the splendor of Versailles and its centralized musical culture of opera, ballet, and hothouse character pieces, but these light songs, often set to texts by anonymous poets on pastoral themes of love and liquor, are the other side of the coin. Examples by major composers such as François Couperin and Marc-Antoine Charpentier are included, but the central figure is Michel Lambert (1610-1696), a composer whom Christie has explored in the past. His airs retain their basic simplicity but take on the shape of little scenes or amplifications of a rhetorical idea, and they're instantly appealing. Sample track 2, "Le repos, l'ombre, le silence," for one of music's most vivid evocations of slumber and sleep. This album was recorded in 2013 and not released until the spring of 2016; that it has seen the light of day is cause for rejoicing.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2016
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
3149020527603
catalogNumber:
8905276
Rank:
13528

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Tracks

  1. Tout l'Univers Obéit à l'Amour, for 5 voices & ensemble
  2. Beaux petits yeux d'écarlate, air for 3 voices & continuo, H. 448
  3. Auprès du feu l'on fait l'amour, air for soprano & continuo, H. 446
  4. Ayant bu du vin clairet, air for soprano, bass & continuo, H. 447
  5. Le Doux Silence de Nos Bois
  6. Pour Vos Beaux Yeux, Iris
  7. Ouverture et Intermèdes nouveaux du Marriage forcé, for 3 voices, strings & continuo, H. 494
  8. Quand une âme est bien atteinte
  9. Iris N'Est Plus, Mon Iris M'est Ravie
  10. Les Pellerines ("Au temple de l'amour"), air sérieux for 2 voices
  11. Epitaphe d'un paresseux ("Jean s'en alla comme il était venu"), air à boire for 2 voices
  12. Il Faut Mourir Plutost Que Changer
  13. Ah! Qui Voudra Desormais S'Engager, for voice & continuo
  14. Le Repos, L'Ombre, le Silence
  15. D'Un Feu Secret Je Me Sens Consumer

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