Couperin, François (1668-1733), Les Nations: La Françoise
Couperin, François (1668-1733), Les Goûts Réunis (the United Tastes)
de Blamont, François Colin (1690-1760), La toilette de Vénus
Couperin, François (1668-1733), Grand trio sonata: Le Parnasse or The Apotheosis of Corelli
Couperin, François (1668-1733), Les nations: L'impériale
Musica ad Rhenum
Andréanne Paquin, Soprano
Jed Wentz, Conductor
Jed Wentz, Flute
Although usually seen as one of the great representatives of the French Baroque, Couperin had a lifelong interest in combining the two great national styles of the Baroque, the French and the Italian. His efforts found clearest expression in the exquisite trio sonatas of Les nations and Les goûts-réünis, some of which are heard here in colourfully realised performances by Jed Wentz's superb ensemble. There is also a rare chance to hear Collin de Blamont's sensual and playful cantata depicting Venus's conquest of Mars.
'Music of days gone by that today goes straight in to the heart and feet, as if it were a pop concert.'
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Tickets £28, £22, £15, £10
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