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|Appréciation d'ensemble / Overall evaluation : "Well worth acquiring."|
Lamentation settings from King’s ensemble
The recording under consideration here is Robert King’s second bite at the cherry, having already recorded the Leçons with the countertenors James Bowman and Michael Chance in 2000. The soprano Carolyn Sampson and mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland, both highly regarded as Baroque specialists, deliver fresh performances that are at once serious, stylish and beautifully judged.
The viol player Susanne Heinrich
and theorbist Lynda Sayce join King, accompanying on a chamber organ, and offer
sensitive support to the singers. To round out the disc, Heinrich contributes
admirable performances of two viol pieces by Couperin’s contemporary and
colleague at court, Marin Marais, and one by the violist known only as Monsieur
de SainteColombe le fils, though I might have wished for more poignancy in the
playing, especially in Marais’s magnificent Tombeau pour Sieur de Ste Colombe
(possibly le père or, if not, l’oncle) and Sainte-Colombe’s shadowy Prelude in E
minor. Well worth acquiring.