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Manuscrit de Vaudry de Saizenay (1668-1742). AS Musique ASM 004 (1 CD, September 2009). Details. Claire Antonini, 11-course baroque lute by Paul Thomson. This is a superb recording, in every respect -- the music, the richly ornamented performance, the lute, the recording engineering and the room acoustics. Claire Antonini has chosen 32 pieces, mostly dances, from the 450 collected and copied by Vaudry de Saizenay. From the liner note by Claude Chauvel: "His book ... is full of technical details and interpretative signs such as fingering, tenues (held notes), ornaments, harpégements (arpeggiated chords), and separations. In this unique source for many pieces, he sometimes corrects the text or clarifies the attributions." From the liner note by Claire Antonini: "This selection not only reflects my musical affinities but also satisfies two important criteria: * Fidelity to the manuscript's spirit and to its organisation of the modes, richness of musical forms, and multitude of composers - be they renowned lutenists like Gaultier or de Visée, others represented by only a few pieces, like Emond or Jacquesson, or simply anonymous musicians. * Clarity of the musical discourse.... [T]he alteration of dance suites and individual pieces, enriched by the play of changing keys, allows the composers to respond one to another, to assert their personalities and richness of their styles - Gaultier's boldness and originality, Gallot's melancholy, or de Visée's nobility, for example." UK | FR | DE
Pierre Robert (1625-1699). Grands Motets (1684). K617215 (1 CD, September 2009). Details. Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages & Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Musica Florea. Dagmar Sasková, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Robert Getchell, haute-contre; Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Alain Buet, baritone; Arnaud Richard, bass. De Profundis, Quare fremuerunt gentes, Te decet hymnus, Nisi dominus. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Charles Levens (1689-1764). Te Deum (1722) & Deus Noster Refugium. Hortus 060 (1 CD, April 2008). Michel Laplénie, Ensemble Sagittarius, Orchestre Baroque Les Passions, Ensemble Baroque Orfeo et Groupe Vocal Arpège. Sophie Landy, soprano; Sophie Pattey, soprano; Vincent Lièvre-Picard, haute-contre; Sébastien Obrecht, tenor; Marcos Loureiro de Sá, bass; Sébastien Brohier, baritone; Marduk Serrano, baritone. This may be the finest recording to date of grands motets, and the music is of the same high quality as the performance and recording. The Levens Te Deum deserves to be recognized as one of the standard works of early 18th Century France. It continued to be performed as late as August 1789, but before recent revivals, this composer from Marseilles who worked in Vannes, Toulouse & Bordeaux had been almost totally forgotten. A recording by the same performers of Levens's Messes des Morts was released on Lira d'Arco in 2003 and reissued on Etcetera. As on the recent recording of the Gilles Requiem on Ligia Digital, Volny Hostiou plays a serpent, with quite an elaborate part in the chorus Te per orbem in particular. UK | FR | DE | JP
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre et al. Le Passage de la Mer Rouge. K617218 (1 CD, November 2009). Details. Luanda Siqueira, soprano. Le Tendre Amour. Includes Réne Drouard de Bousset (1703-1760), Judith (1735) & Sébastien de Brossard, La Cheutte de Salomon. UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747). Concert Spirituel - 6 Sonatas for Cello & Basso Continuo. dhm (1 CD, January 2009). Jonas Iten, cello; Rainer Zipperling, cello & viola da gamba; Naoki Kitaya, harpsichord; Rosanto Conte, theorbo & guitar. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Ténèbres. Arion ARN 68786 (1 CD, October 2008). Details. Michael Verschaeve, La Compagnie Baroque. Elodie Nadaud & Elodie Mourot, sopranos. Works by Couperin, Bernier, Marais & Valette de Montigny. UK | FR | DE
Michel Corrette. Concertos pour Orgue / Noëls. Tempéraments TEM 316039 (1 CD, November 2008). Details. Fabio Bonizzoni, organ at Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache, Ensemble La Risonanza. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Musiques au temps de Richelieu. Musiques à la Chabotterie MC 004 (2 CDs, September 2008). Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais. Ballet de la Prospérité des armes de France (1641). Ballet de Mr. le Cardinal (Chancy, La Barre, Mollier, Verpré.) US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Michel Corrette. Les Amusemens du Parnasse - Harpsichord Pieces. Pierre Verany PV708021 (1 CD, April 2008). Jean-Patrice Brosse, harpsichord. Livres II (1750) and III (1754). Book III contains arrangements of Italian arias, including three movements from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
Robert de Visée. Pièces de Théorbe. Metronome MET 1072 (1 CD, June 2008). Fred Jacobs, theorbo. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729). Céphale et Procris (Paris 1694). ORF 2011291 (2 CDs, April 2008). Details (Deutsch)(pdf). Details (Français). Daniela Dolci, Musica Fiorita. Procris: Raphaële Kennedy, soprano; Céphale: Achim Schulz, haute-contre; Dorine: Camilla de Falleiro, soprano; Arcas: Lisandro Abadie, bass. ORF Shop. A pdf French/German libretto is included on each CD, set up with the old multi-session CD standard, which some computers are unable to recognize. If you only see audio files in Windows Explorer (as I did), you can open and extract the pdf files with the free version of IsoBuster. UK | FR | DE
Joseph-Nicholas-Pancrace Royer (1705-1755). Pièces de Clavecin 1746. Naïve Ambroisie (1 CD, March 2008). Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. Not a reissue of Rousset's earlier recording on L'Oiseau-Lyre. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Antoine Forqueray. Pièces pour viole transcribed for harpsichord by Jean-Baptiste Forqueray. Zig-Zag Territoires 080302 (2 CDs, March 2008). Details. Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Pierre Danican Philidor (1681-1731). Suites pour hautbois. Zig-Zag Territoires 080203 (1 CD, February 2008). Details. Antoine Torunczyk & Alfredo Bernardini, oboes. L'Assemblée des Honnestes Curieux. Performed on a pair of oboes built by Bernardini with pitch of a=398. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jacques-Antoine Denoyé. Messe à Grand Choeur & Symphonie (Strasbourg 1758); Michel Corrette. Psaume Laudate Dominum à grand choeur & symphonie after Vivaldi's "Spring" concerto (1766). Ambronay AMY 014 (1 CD, March 2008). Details -- "Composed in a style similar to that of Rameau - several references demonstrate knowledge of his operas." Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique, La Maitrise de Bretagne. Judith Gauthier, soprano; Rodrigo del Pozo, haute-contre; Christophe Einhorn, tenor; Jean-Louis Georgel, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
L'Esprit Galant. Channel Classics SA-24307 (1 CD, November 2007). Johannette Zomer, soprano; Fred Jacobs, lute. Airs serieux by Charpentier, Boesset, Le Camus & Lambert, and lute pieces by de Visée, Ennemond Gautier, Pinel & Hotman. UK | FR | DE | JP
Michel Corrette. Noël 1788. Ligia Digital 0104187-07 (2 CDs, November 2007). Messe pour le temps de Noël (1788); Nouveau de Livre de Noëls avec un Carillon (1753). Olivier Vernet, organ & director, Ensemble ...in Ore mel... Anne Magouët, soprano; Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano. 1750 organ by Jean-André Silbermann in Soultz-Haut-Rhin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747). Ulysse (Tragédie en musique, 1703). Musiques à la Chabotterie 605003 (2 CDs, November 2007). Facsimile livret. Hugo Reyne, La Simphonie du Marais & Le Choeur du Marais. Circé: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Pénélope: Stéphanie Révidat, soprano; Ulysse: Betrand Chuberre, baritone; Orphée, un Génie, Euriloque, Mercure & Télémaque: Vincent Lièvre-Picard, haute-contre; Urilas: Bernard Deletré, bass; Céphalie & Pallas: Celine Ricci, soprano; Euphrosine & Junon: Eugénie Warnier, soprano; Un Savage: Thomas van Essen, tenor. Text in French only. FR | DE
Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Le Devin du Village. cpo 777260-2 (1 CD, September 2007). Andreas Reize, cantus firmus consort & kammerchor. Collette: Gabriela Bürgler, soprano; Colin: Michael Feyfar, tenor; Le Devin: Dominik Wörner, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Guillaume Bouzignac (1587-1643). Motets. Tacet 156 (1 CD, June 2007). Details. Matthias Jung, Sächsisches Vocalensemble. UK | FR | DE | JP
Henry Madin (1698-1748). Les Petits Motets. K617184 (1 CD, September 2007). Details. Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain. UK | FR | DE | JP
Jean-Baptiste Stuck dit Batistin (c.1680-1755). Tirannique Empire. Alpha 111 (1 CD, June 2007). Details. Lunaisiens. Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Arnaud Marzorati, baritone. Includes the cantatas L'impatience, Mars Jaloux & Héraclite & Démocrite. (The latter was recorded by Minkowski in a less than inspiring performance.) Stuck was born into an Italian family of German origin and arrived in France during 1702-05. He composed tragédies en musique including Méléagre, Manto la fée, and Polydore, as well as four books of cantatas. His richly-orchestrated cantata "Les Festes bolonnoises", recorded by Gérard Lesne on the exceptional disk Dans un bois solitaire, features virtuosic writing for voice and movements in both French and Italian styles. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
French Baroque Cantatas Vol. 1. ABC Classics 476 5941 (1 CD, March 2007). Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737, La mort de Didon & Ariane et Bachus. Jean-Baptiste Stuck dit Battistin (c.1680-1755), L'amant réconcilié & Céphale et Aurore. Taryn Fiebig, soprano; Fiona Campbell, mezzo-soprano. Ensemble Battistin. More recordings to follow. See Shaun Ng's blog. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
Armand-Louis Couperin (1727-1789). Livre de Pièces de Clavecin. Syrius SYR 141401 (1 CD & duplicate 5-channel CD, May 2007). Philippe Leroy, harpsichord by Anthony Sidey after Ruckers/Hemsch. Highly recommended! This is one of the finest examples of recorded harpsichord sound. UK | FR | DE | JP
Roland Marais (c.1680-c.1750), Charles Dollé (18th Century) & Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745). Le Tombeau de Marin Marais. AS Musique ASM003 (1 CD, May 2007). À Deux Violes Esgales. Jonathan Dunford, bass viol; Sylvia Ambramowicz, bass viol; Nanja Breedijk, harp; Daphni Kokkoni, harpsichord. Highly recommended! This superb recording has about the finest sound of any viol recording I have heard. FR
Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799). Concertos pour violon. Calliope (1 CD, May 2007). Les Archets de Paris. FR | DE
Jean-Baptiste de Bousset (1662-1725). Les Fastes de Bacchus: Airs à boire... et sérieux! Arion ARN 68741 (1 CD, May 2007). Michel Verschaeve, La Compagnie Baroque. Includes music by Rameau, Desmarest, Boismortier & Leguay. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier (1734-1794). Oeuvres pour orgue. Natives CDNAT08 (2 CDs, April 2007). Details. Marina Tchebourkina, organ. FR
Henri-Joseph Rigel (1741-1799). La Destruction de Jéricho / La Sortie d'Égypte / Jephté. K617198 (1 CD, April 2007). Performance review. Patrick Cohen-Akénine & Olivier Schneebeli, Les Folies françoises, Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Isabelle Poulenard, soprano; Philippe Do, tenor; Alain Buet, baritone. Includes an English translation of the texts, unlike many K617 recordings. UK | FR | DE | JP
La Route des orgues, vol. 9: Les orgues de la Côte d'Or. Ligia Digital 01009174-06 (3 CDs, February 2007). Organs at Auxonne (André Isoir), Beaune (Michel Tissier), Brazey-en-Plaine (Jean-Paul Serra), Dijon: cathédrale (Maurice Clerc), St Bernard (Olivier Houette), St Pierre (JM Aymes), Temple (Jean-Pierre Leguay), Nuits Saint Georges (Olivier & Isabelle Vernet), Seurre (Laurent Beyhurst), St Jean de Losne (Thierry Maeder & Catherine Greuillet), Talant (JP Leguay). Description of the organs in the booklet by Pierre Marie Guéritey. FR | DE
Pierre Guédron, Michel Lambert, Robert Ballard, Giovanni Paolo Foscarini, Luigi Rossi, Francesco Corbetta. Echo de Paris - Parisian Love Songs 1610-1660. Accent ACC 24173 (1 CD, January 2007). Pierre Pitzl, Ensemble Private Musicke. Stephan van Dyck, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Louis Marchand (1669-1732). Livre de Pièces de Clavecin. Olive Music OM 008 (1 CD, January 2007). Details. Mario Martinoli, harpsichord. Includes previously unknown pieces attributed to Marchand from a recently discovered 1754 manuscript. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Les 10 Sonates pour Clavecin. BNL (1 CD, November 2006). Anne Robert, harpsichord. FR
André Raison (1650-1719). Messe du premier ton / Messe du deuziesme ton. Tempéraments TEM 316035 (1 CD, November 2006). Details. Serge Schoonbroodt. 1752 J.-F. Lépine organ of the Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat. FR
Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers (1632-1714). Messe, Suites & Motets. Tempéraments TEM 316033/34 (2 CDs, October 2006). Kei Koito, organ. Dominique Vellard, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, plainchant and motets. FR
Etienne-Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817). L'Irato ou l'Emporté (Opéra comique 1804). Capriccio 60128 (1 CD 2006). Details. Werner Ehrhardt, L'arte del mondo, Bonner Kammerchor. Isabelle: Pauline Courtin, soprano; Nerine: Svenja Hempel, soprano; Lysandre: Cyril Auvity, tenor; Dr. Balouard: Georg Poplutz, tenor; Scapin: Miljenko Turk, baritone; Pandolphe: Alain Buet, baritone. This may be the best recording to date of an opéra-comique. It's very well performed and recorded, and the booklet includes an excellent English translation. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
Antoine Boesset, Pierre Guédron, Etienne Moulinié, et al. La Semaine Mystique: Chants de dévotion du règne de Louis XIII. Alpha 103 (1 CD, September 2006). Details. Ensemble Faenza. Marco Horvat, basse-contre, bass lute & direction. Olga Pitarch, soprano; Blandine Folio-Peres, mezzo-soprano; Robert Getchell, haute-contre; Marc Mauillon, tenor; Renaud Delaigue, baritone; Massimo Moscardo, lute & tiorbino; Eric Bellocq, lute & Renaissance guitar. UK | FR | DE | JP
Charles Tessier. Carnets de voyages. Alpha 100 (1 CD, August 2006). NewOlde.com 2006 Best 16th Century Music CD. Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano; Bruno le Levreur, haute-contre; Jan van Elsacker, tenor; Arnaud Marzorati, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795). Tom Jones (Opéra-comique 1776). Dynamic CDS 509 (2 CDs, July 2006). Details. Jean-Claude Malgoire, Le Sinfonietta de Lausanne. Tom Jones: Sébastien Droy, tenor; Sophie: Sophie Marin-Degor, soprano; Monsieur Western: Marc Barrard, baritone; Madame Western: Sibyl Zanganelli, contralto; Honora: Carine Séchehaye, mezzo-soprano; Blifil: Rodolphe Briand, tenor; Allworthy: Léonard Pezzino, tenor; Jellyfisch: Guillaume Michel; Buttercup: Frédéric Burdet, tenor. A correspondent writes that this is an extremely bad, live recording, with extensive boring dialogue and loud stage noise. About an hour of music is interspersed with the dialogue, but the whole thing was recorded on one track, making it impossible to skip the dialogue. He described the music as "quite unexciting" and the orchestra as "dismal". US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Gilles Jullien (c.1653-1703). L'Œuvre intégrale: Premier Livre d'Orgue & Motet de Sainte-Cœcille. Aeolus AE-10481 (2 CDs 2005). Details. Serge Schoonbroodt, historic French organs; Bob van Asperen, Melante Amsterdam. John Elwes, haute-contre; Andreas Post, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
François-Joseph Gossec (1734-1829). Le Triomphe de la République ou Le Camp de Grand Pré. Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0727 (1 CD, April 2006). Details. Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Coro Calicantus. Laurette: Salomé Haller, soprano; Goddess of Liberty: Antonella Balducci, soprano; Aide-de-Camp: Guillemette Laurens, mezzo-soprano; Thomas: Makoto Sakurada, tenor; General: Claudio Danuser, baritone; Mayor: Arnaud Marzorati, bass; Old Man: Philippe Huttenlocher, bass. This festive, revolutionary work sounds like an extended finale to an opera buffa, followed by a 16-minute ballet of the nations. An excellent recording. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764). Integrale du 4e Livre. Zig Zag Territoires 060401/3 (3 CDs, June 2006). Review. Patrick Bismuth, violin; Valérie Balssa, traverso. La Tempesta: Hélène Dufour, harpsichord; Mathias Spaeter, theorbo; David Simpson, Lucas Guimaraes & Martin Bauer, viols. UK | FR | DE | JP
Nicolas Formé (1567-1638). Le Vœu de Louis XIII. Alpha 097 (1 CD, June 2006). Details. Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages & Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Barbara Kusa, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Robert Getchell, haute-contre; Alain Buet, baritone; Arnaud Richard, bass. Also includes music by Etienne Moulinié, Antoine Boesset, Guillaume Bouzignac, and Louis XIII. UK | DE | FR | JP
Jacques Boyvin (c.1653-1706). Intégrale de L'Oeuvre pour Orgue. Vol. 1: Premier Livre (1689). Plenum Vox PV011 (2 CDs, 2005). Michel Chapuis, historic Joyeuse-Muno organ at La Cathédrale Sainte-Marie d'Auch (Gers). FR | DE

Vol. 2: Second Livre (1700). Plenum Vox PV012 (2 CDs, March 2006). UK | FR | DE | JP

Gaspard Le Roux (c.1660-c.1707). Pièces de Clavecin. Pierre Verany PV706052 (1 CD, May 2006). Les Cyclopes. Bibiane Lapointe & Thierry Maeder, harpsichords. FR | DE
Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729). Protégée of the Sun King: Music of Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Centaur CRC 2781/82 (2 CDs, March 2006). Details. Frances Conover Fitch & Peter Sykes, harpsichords; Laurie Monahan, Anne Azéma & Lydia Knutson, sopranos; Na'ama Lion, traverso; Dana Maiben & Robert Mealy, violins. Includes Le Sommeil d'Ulisse (1691), Esther (1708), and excerpts from Cephale et Procris (1694). US | UK | FR | CA | JP
Simon Simon (1735-1787). Pièces de Clavecin. Œuvre 1er (1761). Pierre Verany PV 706022 (1 CD, February 2006). Details. Jean-Patrice Brosse, 1774 Kroll harpsichord. Interesting pieces comparable in quality to those of Balbastre and A-L Couperin, nicely played and recorded. Includes an English translation of excerpts from Brosse's book, Le Clavecin des Lumières (2004). DE | FR
Robert de Visée (1658/60?-c1732). Suites pour théorbe. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT051101 (1 CD, February 2006). Details. Pascal Montheilhet, theorbo; Amandine Beyer, violin; Amélie Michel, traverso; Marianne Muller, viol. Montheilhet's last recording before he moved permanently to the Philippines. His recording of Visée suites on FNAC is one of the greatest baroque recordings ever made. UK | DE | FR | JP
Jean-Ferry Rebel (1666-1747). Sonates pour Violons et Basse Continue. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT051102 (1 CD, January 2006). Details. Amandine Beyer, violin. Assemblée des Honnestes Curieux. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Bernard de Bury (1720-1785). Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (1737). BNL 112939 (1 CD & 1 5-channel CD, January 2006). Jory Vinikour, harpsichord. Scores of de Bury's pieces are available for download in .mus format on Jory's website. You can view them with the clunky but free Score Preview viewer. Performed on the earliest (1750) of the three surviving Stehlin harpsichords, owned by the Musée Antoine Lécuyer in Saint-Quentin. UK | DE | FR | JP
Josse Boutmy (1697-1779). Troisième livre de Pièces de clavecin (1749). Musique en Wallonie MEW 0524 (1 CD 2005). Details. Isabelle Sauveur, harpsichord. Another fine production from Musique en Wallonie. Includes five of the six suites in Boutmy's 3rd book, which clearly was influenced by Rameau and Handel. I find the 3rd book much more interesting than the 2nd, which was recorded in 1994 by Brigitte Haudebourg. DE | FR
Louis de Caix d'Herveloix [d'Hervelois] (c.1680-c.1760). Pièces de Viole. Arion (1 CD, October 2005). Jay Bernfeld, bass viol; Ensemble Fuoco e Cenere. Following Jean-Louis Charbonnier's recent recording of Caix d'Herveloix's Troisième Oeuvre, it is welcome to see another CD of music by this neglected master of the viol. FR | DE
Louis de Caix d'Herveloix [d'Hervelois] (c.1680-c.1760). Troisième Oeuvre (1731). Ligia Digital Lidi 0301155-05 (1 CD, May 2005). Jean-Louis Charbonnier & Paul Rousseau, viols; Mauricio Buraglia, theorbo; Pierre Trocellier, harpsichord. (Excerpts were recorded by Savall, Smith & Koopman on Astrée AS 7 (LP) in 1977.) US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Sainte-Colombe. Concerts a deux violes esgales, Vol. 3. Atma ACD22277 (2 CDs, October 2005). Details. Les Voix Humaines. Margaret Little & Susie Nappier, viols. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Vol. 2. Atma ACD22276 (2 CDs 2004). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Vol. 1. Atma ACD22275 (2 CDs 2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Louis Marchand. L'Honnête Homme. Oeuvres pour Clavier. Éditions Hortus 021-22 (2 CDs 2002). Laurent Stewart, 17th Century French harpsichord; Freddy Eichelberger, organ. UK | DE | FR | JP
Anonymous (c.1750). Magnificat / Noël au Concert Spirituel. Éditions Hortus 043 (1 CD, November 2005). Noëls by Balbastre, J-F Dandrieu, Daquin & Corrette. Daniel Meylan, organ & direction, Le Camerata Baroque. Agnieszka Kowalczyk, soprano; Jean-Francois Lombard, haute-contre; Bertrand Bochud, tenor; Olivier Bettens, bass. Historic organ at St-Jean de Losne. UK | FR | DE | JP
Pierre Bouteiller (1655-1717). Messe des Morts / Motets. Atma ACD22259 (1 CD 2005). Details. Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Stephan van Dyck, tenor; Sylvain Bergeron, lute, Alexander Weimann, organ, Les Voix Humanes. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Armand-Louis Couperin. Pièces de Clavecin. Chandos CHAN 0718 (1 CD, May 2005). Sophie Yates, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Nicolas Antoine Lebègue (c.1631-1702). Pièces d'orgue et Motets. Tempéraments TEM 316031 (1 CD, May 2005). Details. Martin Gester, organ & director, Le Parlement de Musique. Salomé Haller, soprano; Marie-Bénédicte Souquet, soprano; Muriel Ferraro, mezzo-soprano. Recorded on the historic organ at Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache. FR
Thomas-Louis Bourgeois (1676-1750). Cantates Françaises: Ariane, Le Berger Fidèle, L'Amour et Psyché, Phèdre et Hippolyte. Musique en Wallonie MEW0422 (1 CD 2005). Details. Isabelle Desrochers, soprano; Thibaut Lenaerts, tenor; Ensemble Ausonia. UK | DE | FR
Henry Du Mont. Grands Motets pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV au Louvre. Alpha 069 (1 CD, February 2005). Details. Frédéric Desenclos, Ensemble Pierre Robert. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Dumont, Boesset, Le Jeune, Du Caurroy, Vallet, Louis Couperin, Roberday, Guedron et al. Le Trésor d'Orphée. Zig Zag Territoires (1 CD 2004). Details. Caroline Pelon, soprano. L'Amoroso, Guido Balestracci, dessus de viole and director. UK | DE | FR | JP
Anthoine Boesset. Je meurs sans mourir. Alpha 057 (1 CD 2004). Details. Vincent Dumestre, Le Poème Harmonique. Claire Lefilliâtre, soprano; Bruno Le Levreur, haute-contre; Jean-François Novelli, tenor; Arnaud Marzorati, basse-contre. Superb recording. US | FR | UK | DE | CA | JP

Reissued in a 3-CD box set with the same group's fine recordings of airs de cour by Moulinié and Guédron. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Nicolas Bernier (1664-1734). Petits Motets. Ornate arras, Congratula mini, Cantemus Domino, Alma redemptoris, Accurite fideles, Omnes gentes. L'Empreinte Digitale ED 13205 (1 CD, September 2004). Iakovos Pappas, Ensemble Almasis. Catherine Padaut & Béatrice Mayo-Felip, sopranos; Jean-Louis Georgel, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Nicolas Bernier. Les Nuits de Sceaux (1715). Alpha 058 (1 CD 2004). Details. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, violin and director, Les Folies Françoises & Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. La Nuit / L'Aurore: Gaëlle Méchaly, soprano; Apollon / Mercure: Robert Getchell, tenor; Première muse: Hanna Bayodi, soprano; Deuxième muse: Anne-Marie Jacquin, soprano; Comus: Alain Buet, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Nicolas Antoine Lebègue (c.1631-1702). Pièces de Clavessin (1677 & 1687). Stradivarius STR33673 (1 CD, March 2004). Details. Paola Erdas, harpsichord. US | FR | UK | DE | CA | JP
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Les Pièces de Clavessin. AS Musique ASM001 (2 CDs, February 2004). Olivier Baumont, antique 17th Century harpsichord; Claire Antonini, theorbo & lute; Jean-Denis Monory, narrator. UK | FR | DE | JP
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772). Oeuvres complètes. Tempéraments TEM 316026/27 (2 CDs 2003). Details. Olivier Baumont, organ & harpsichord. La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne, director. FR | DE
Charles Dollé. Pièces de Viole avec La Basse Continuë. Dorian DOR-93246 (1 CD 2003). Petr Wagner, Viola da gamba; Jacque Ogg, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR
Claude Lejeune. Muze honorons l'illustre & grand Henry: Motets pour le culte catholique / Psaumes protestants. Details. Alpha 032 (1 CD, 2003). Olivier Schneebeli, Les Pages & Les Chantres. US | UK | DE | FR
Laurent Belissen (1693-1762). Grands Motets Provençais. K617150 (1 CD 2003). Guy Laurent, Les Festes d'Orphée. Jean-François Lombard, countertenor; Vincent Deliau, baritone. Belissen: Grands Motets "Magnificat" & "Nisi Dominus". Pierre Gautier dit de Marseille: Pièces instrumentales & petit motet. UK | DE | FR | JP
Jean-Baptiste Moreau (1656-1733). Musique pour les intermèdes d'Athalie. Calliope CAL 9524 (1 CD, 2001). Hugo Reyne, La Simfonie du Marais. Includes selections from Racine's tragedy, read by Lambert Wilson. UK | DE | FR

Some Favorite Recordings

Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre (1633-1678). Airs à deux Parties. Ricercar 233352 (1 CD 2000). Stephan Van Dyck, tenor; Stephen Stubbs, lute, theorbo, guitar. This is a superb recording of a collection of airs de cour that was published by Ballard in 1669. The detailed liner notes by Van Dyck include developments in the performance of airs de cour during the 17th Century. Nicole Rouillé, a specialist in old French, assisted in historical pronunciation. UK | FR | DE | JP
Joseph Michel (1688-1736). Leçons de Ténèbres. Naxos France 8.553295. (2 CDs). Details. Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel. Marie-Louise Duthoit, Sally Bruce-Payne, François Fauché. Outstanding music and performance. Like Rameau, Michel was from Dijon.
Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Pièces de clavecin: Suites, Pavannes & Preludes. dhm 05472 77210 2 (1 CD 1993). Skip Sempé, Antique Flemish harpsichord. The best harpsichord recording I've heard. Check out-of-print sources for the original 1993 issue. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Cheap Baroque Esprit reissue, which undoubtedly lacks the original's liner notes by Sempé, dhm 05472 77453 2 (1997). US | UK | DE | FR | JP

Jean-Nicolas Geoffroy. Messe pour les fêtes doubles, Magnificat, Memento Domine David, etc. Naxos 8.553637. Hervé Niquet. Le Concert Spirituel. Alternation of 5-part plainchant and organ, as specified by Geoffroy. 1699 Julien Tribuot organ at the Église de Seurre, Bourgogne. US | UK | DE | FR
Robert De Visée. Suites de danses. FNAC Music 592095 (1 CD 1993). Pascal Monteilhet, theorbo. FR

Reissued on Virgin Veritas VM 5615412 (1999). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Jean Adam Guilain. Quatre Suites pour le Magnificat. Tempéraments TEM 316012 (1 CD 1997). André Isoir, Boizard organ (1714). Emmanuel Mandrin & Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, chant. Guilain came from Germany and incorporated Italian forms, including one movement (track 11) that sounds like a transcription of a Vivaldi concerto. Superb, on-pitch singing by Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

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