Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Le Sommeil d'Ulisse

Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Le Sommeil d'Ulisse

by Isabelle Desrochers
     
 

Having first made her name as a harpsichord player and a singer, Elisabeth Jacquet was a part of the court around Louis XIV from the time she was a child. She was groomed by his mistress and later married a Parisian organist but continued to appear at court and dedicate her compositions to the Sun King, who received them with unstinting praise. Jacquet continued the…  See more details below

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Having first made her name as a harpsichord player and a singer, Elisabeth Jacquet was a part of the court around Louis XIV from the time she was a child. She was groomed by his mistress and later married a Parisian organist but continued to appear at court and dedicate her compositions to the Sun King, who received them with unstinting praise. Jacquet continued the relationship until Louis' death and then sought new royal patrons for her works. In this lovely disc, a selection of the vocal and instrumental music of Jacquet is presented with graceful elegance and beguiling virtuosity by Le Voix Humaines. From the "Prelude and Chaconne in A minor for harpsichord" that opens the disc through the early cantata "Le sommeil d'Ulisse" to the central "Sonata in D minor" and the later cantata "Samson" that closes it, Jacquet proves herself a charmingly lyrical and decidedly lightweight talent. The musicians do everything in their power -- Isabelle Desrochers is a wonderfully expressive singer, Alice Piérot is a marvelously exciting violinist, and Freddy Eichelberger is a tremendously powerful harpsichordist -- and the music sounds lovely while it's playing, but fades from the memory like silk left too long in the light after it's over. Alpha's production values -- the warm reality of the sound, the lively intelligence of the notes, the beauty of the reproduction -- continue to define the upper end of recorded music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2004
Label:
Alpha Productions
UPC:
3760014190063
catalogNumber:
6

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Tracks

  1. Suite in A minor (from Pièces de Clavecin, 1687): Prélude pour clavecin en la mineur  - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre  -  Freddy Eichelberger  - Mary Pardoe
  2. Le Sommeil d'Ulisse, cantata for voice & continuo  - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre  - Les Voix Humaines  - Mary Pardoe
  3. Suite in A minor (from Pièces de Clavecin, 1687): Chaconne pour clavecin en la mineur  - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre  -  Freddy Eichelberger  - Mary Pardoe
  4. Sonata for violin & continuo No. 1 in D minor  - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre  - Les Voix Humaines  - Mary Pardoe  - Alice Pierot
  5. Samson, for soprano, flute, violin & continuo  - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre  - Les Voix Humaines  - Mary Pardoe

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