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Charivari Agréable

The Sultan and the Phoenix

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212003220
  • Catalog number SIGCD 032
  • Release date 01 March 2004
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About the album

Louis (c.1626-1661), François le Grand (1668-1733) and Armand-Louis (1727-1789) were the three most celebrated members of the distinguished Couperin family of musicians who flourished from the late 16th century until the middle of the 19th, holding a position of esteem parallel to that of the Bachs in Germany.

The Sultan and the Phoenix presents both masterpieces and rare gems from the Couperins and their contemporaries, all delivered with a rare insight by the ensemble charivari agréable. The programme presents an overview of the ensemble use of the viol in its various manifestations and stages of evolution in France. The Couperin dynasty offers a convenient chronological framework within which the viol could be heard in various guises: from a consort setting to a ‘pièces de clavecin en concerts’ configuration; from a six-string bass viol to a five-string hybrid ‘quinton’. Underpinning this programme is the historical practice of adaptation, transcription and arrangement with which French baroque music is replete.

Historical tradition is followed by the arrangement of some pieces by the players. Some involved direct transcription, such as the L. Couperin Pavan for a viol consort or the F. Couperin harpsichord piece for theorbo (in the style of de Visée, see above). Other pieces are left untouched, such as L. Couperin’s Fantaisies and Corrette’s Phénix, as well as the large-scale chamber works of Dornel and Couperin.

Charivari Agréable’s reputation as one of the most original ensembles in the period-instrument scene was recently articulated by the BBC Music Magazine, which noted that the ensemble “has carved something of a niche for itself in imaginative and well thought-out programming”, reasoning that its work is the fruit of both scholarly research and charismatic musicianship, a combination which puts it at the forefront of period-instrument ensembles.

This recording is refreshing and rewarding. Charivari Agréable is a rare combination with a distinct sound and sonority, displaying sincere empathy and love for the repertory they choose to record.

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    1
    La Piemontoise
     
    02:29
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    2
    Pavanne in F sharp minor
     
    07:59
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    3
    Fantasie pour les Violes
     
    03:21
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    4
    2e Fantaisie a 5
     
    01:49
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    5
    Le Phenix, Concerto in D major: Allegro
     
    02:47
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    Le Phenix, Concerto in D major: Adagio
     
    03:18
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    Le Phenix, Concerto in D major: Allegro
     
    03:30
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    Les baricades misterieuses
     
    03:18
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    Recit
     
    02:12
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    La Sultane
     
    09:08
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    La Cheron
     
    04:29
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    La Madin
     
    04:08
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    La Casaubon
     
    04:17
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    Sonate en quatour in B minor
     
    08:19
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    Chaconne, from the final act of Alcione
     
    07:29

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