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American Record Guide: (07-08/2020) 
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Harmonia Mundi

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Reviewer: Charles Brewer


This new recording includes a broad selection of 17th Century French airs de cour by Antoine Boesset, Etienne Moulinié, Pierre Guedron, and a single air by François de Chancy. Many of these airs, though published in collected volumes by the individual composers, were originally from the court ballets produced in the reign of Louis XIII. Interludes are supplied by court dances from this same period (and two arrangements of harpsichord pieces by Jacques Champion de Chambonnieres and Louis Couperin), though performed by a much smaller instrumental group than participated in the original productions (see, for example, the recording by Jordi Savall of similar orchestral repertoire, Mar/Apr 2003: 212).

Daucé has arranged the nine singers of Ensemble Correspondances into a variety of groupings from a solo voice and continuo to the full five-part versions found in the contemporary publications. The interpretations are quite elegant and the singers add the elaborate yet tasteful ornamentations that were typical in this repertoire.


There are have been earlier releases of works by these composers (Boesset, M/A 2005; Guedron, J/A & S/O 1998; and Moulinié, M/A 1997, N/D 1999, M/A 2001, J/A 2006), but this new release demonstrates the same sensitivity and creativity found on two releases by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (S/O 2016: 226 & M/J 2019: 179). The extensive booklet essay and complete texts and translations add value to this recording.

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