sabato 3 gennaio 2015

Plaisir d'amour

15 tracks - MP3 192 Kbps - RAR 113 Mb

I was intrigued, delighted, and utterly transported to another time and place (far different from this one) while listening to this unusual recording, one that reflects the rich and fascinating wealth of folk and popular music from seventeenth and eighteenth century Europe, not often explored by many musical artists. What a gift of something special from Le Poeme Harmonique. The array of instruments--strings, period flutes, bagpipes, harp, lute, percussion, and fortepiano(!)--are colorful, warm, and beautifully played. No less wonderful is the ensemble of fine voices whose polished style and expressive personalities come through clearly in this superbly engineered recording. Claire Lefillatre's fluid and gorgeous sound is always a pleasure to the ear and the mind, while she brings glowing magic to several touching and haunting chansons. Attractive instrumental dances that truly sparkle punctuate the vocal selections and will delight your spirit. This is a unique offering of special music presented with Vincent Dumestre's ever impeccable standards of taste, musical artistry, and gift for programs that are at once historically valuable and culturally relevant. In my view, Le Poeme Harmonique is unmatched. I wish I could attend all their performances and own all their recordings. This one is a great choice for any musician's library. Mark T. Howard (Amazon)


1. Quand je menais mes chevaux boire (As I Took the Horses to Water), folksong (Normandy, Brittany)
2. Jan Petit que danse
3. La Louison, bourrée (Auvergne)
4. La religieuse rebelle
5. La Péronnelle
6. Mort et convoi de l'invincible Malbrough
7. Les tendres souhaits (tune by Pergolesi)
8. Bourrée (from Berry, transribed by Chopin)
9. La blanche biche
10. N'èran tres fraires
11. Ah, vous dirais-je maman
12. La Belle Vielleuse, method book for hurdy-gurdy: Tambourin
13. Qui vòu audir cançon
14. La Furstenberg
15. Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)

Le Poème Harmonique
dir. Vincent Dumestre

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