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Le CaravansérailBertrand Cuiller conductor, harpsichord, organ – Rachel Redmond soprano – Maïlys de Villoutreys soprano – Isabelle Saint-Yves viola da gamba

Programme

Leçons de Ténèbres, Première leçon François Couperin
Deuxième ordre, excerpts (Premier livre de pièces de clavecin) François Couperin
Leçons de Ténèbres, Deuxième leçon François Couperin
Tombeau pour Monsieur de Lully Marin Marais
Leçons de Ténèbres, Troisième leçon François Couperin


François Couperin loved transparency of the highest order. His music is finely honed with the greatest attention to detail. Even the ornamentations and the unendingly rich and expressive nuances are faithfully written out. Couperin's fervent love of Bach – an admiration that was mutual – can be seen in the way that he is able to conjure a full composition from the merest motif. Such refinement is meat and drink to Le Caravansérail. Artistic director and harpsichordist Bertrand Cuiller possesses the rare gift of the ability to couple great virtuosity with an honest and intimate approach to the keyboard. Sopranos Rachel Redmond and Maïlys de Villoutreys do full justice to the rich colouring of Couperin's poignant Leçons de ténèbres.