Couperin, Francois - Masses - Gruppo Vocale Armoniosoincanto

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Gruppo Vocale Armoniosoincanto
Adriano Falcioni, organ
Franco Radicchia, conductor

François Couperin, the most important member of the renowned Couperin dynasty, is the foremost composer of the French Baroque. A prodigiously talented keyboard player, he inherited the post of organist at the church of St Gervais in Paris when he was just eleven years old, subsequently dividing his time between the capital and Versailles upon becoming organiste du Roi in 1693. Spanning two CDs, this recording focuses on two works associated with the organ in the former church: Messe pour les couvents and the Messe pour les paroisses.

The florid ornamentation that is so characteristic of the French Baroque is present in much of Couperin's work. However, Couperin was heavily influenced by the Italian style which, as well as the influences of opera and the cantata, can be heard throughout the Messe pour les couvents. In Couperin's time, composition for the Mass was heavily regulated, but a lack of regulation with regard to the Offertory allowed the composer more freedom to explore chromaticism in this work. The Offertories of both Masses are treated on a particularly grand scale, and are highlights of this recording.

Adriano Falcioni, a leading European organist, has been a finalist and prizewinner of many international competitions. Having already recorded Cesar Franck's Complete Organ Music for Brilliant Classics, he is joined on this recording by female vocal ensemble Armoniosoincanto, whose voices are renowned for their pure and distinctive tones. This winning combination of performers makes the recording a must-buy.

Recorded in February & March 2012, Church of Santa Maria della Neve, Senigallia, Italy.

Artikelnummer 94333
Streckkod 5028421943336
Utgivningsdatum 2012-10-24
Kategori Vokalt
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Gruppo Vocale Armoniosoincanto
Dirigenter Radicchia, Franco
Kompositörer Couperin, Francois
Disk: 1
1 Mass for the Convents
Disk: 2
1 Mass for the Parishes
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