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Couperin - Leçons de Ténèbres / Daneman, Petibon, Les Arts Florissants, Christie


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It figures that the ensemble most responsible for the French Baroque revival is the one to outdo Nelson and Kirkby's legendary recording of these lamentation settings. Sophie Daneman and Patricia Petibon don't have the earlier pair's gorgeous, distinctive voices (both occasionally wobble above the staff), but they sound plenty beautiful. More importantly, they've managed to make these major-key pieces sound like lamentations. Twenty years ago, Kirkby and Nelson were pioneers: merely singing with their white tone was risky; they couldn't take many chances with rhythmic freedom. Daneman and Petibon have had time to internalize Couperin's style: they can push ahead here, hold back there, extend an unaccompanied phrase and let it drop off suddenly--following rhetoric more than rhythm, they take your breath away. --Matthew Westphal

1. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Incipit Lamentio - Sophie Daneman
2. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Aleph - Sophie Daneman
3. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Beth - Sophie Daneman
4. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Ghimel - Sophie Daneman
5. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Daleth - Sophie Daneman
6. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: He - Sophie Daneman
7. Premiere Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint: Jerusalem - Sophie Daneman
8. Deuxieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Une Voix: Vav - Patricia Petibon
9. Deuxieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Une Voix: Zain - Patricia Petibon
10. Deuxieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Une Voix: Heth - Patricia Petibon
11. Deuxieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Une Voix: Teth - Patricia Petibon
12. Deuxieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Une Voix: Jerusalem - Patricia Petibon
13. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix: Yod - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
14. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix: Caph - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
15. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix: Lamed - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
16. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix: Mem - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
17. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix:Nun - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
18. Trosieme Lecon De Tenebres Pour Le Mercredi Saint A Deux Voix: Jerusalem - Patricia Petibon/Sophie Daneman
19. Quarte Versets Du Motet: Tabescere me facit - Sophie Daneman/Patricia Petibon
20. Quarte Versets Du Motet: Ignitum eloquium - Sophie Daneman
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Product Details

  • Performer: Sophie Daneman, Patricia Petibon, Monica Huggett, Marc Hantaï, Anne-Marie Lasla, et al.
  • Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Composer: François Couperin
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato Disques
  • ASIN: B000005E4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Heyn on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I possess every recording of these leçons that is currently available. As a soprano with a deep love for the baroque repertoire, I have performed these with fellow singer Katrena Mitchell in our duet ensemble "Sounds Sublime". The pieces themselves are as familiar to me as a byte is to a computer expert...
... and there is simply no recording to compete with this one.
It's exquisite from the very opening. In particular when Sophie Daneman and Patricia Petibon sing together, the work between the two and the ravishing vocal blend is something of which dreams are made. The pronunciation of the Latin is beautifully French, as it would have been performed at the time. The ornamentation and musicianship here is superb, as one would expect from a recording conducted by William Christie.
But the two singers are the highlight here, in this most ravishing of performances.
I have an enormous admiration for Emma Kirkby, but the recording of this work with her and Judith Nelson is stiff, unemotional, and blank in comparison with this recording. (I do not admire Nelson's voice, either, however much I admire Kirkby's.) The vocal beauty on this recording is truly sublime - this CD is one I listen to over and over again, always with a sigh and a smile.
Other versions, including a surprisingly bland rendition by Gens and Sandrine Piau, and two good countertenor versions and one not-so-good (oh dear, Deller...) are available, but nothing approaches the shimmering beauty of this version.
The pieces themselves are of heavenly beauty. I've never performed them without seeing audience members weeping with the beauty of the music.
I recommend this CD strongly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Fernandez on February 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Years ago I heard Judith Nelson and Emma Kirkby perform this beautiful work from Couperin and fell in love with it. However since my first listening I have heard Alfred Deller's version, which is alright, but I have also heard many wonderful reviews about this recording. So I decided to recently purchase it for my boss who's an avid lover of classical music as a Christmas present. She found it quite lovely and when I heard it, I was mesmerized! The quality of the voices and the singers' phrasing is impeccable!! I even love that Sophie Daneman articulates the Latin with a French accent giving Couperin's work and text even more credibility. The quality of the recording is quite clear, and listening to it at work, I feel like I am in a cathedral experiencing the actual performance. I highly recommend this C.D.!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SE on May 14, 2007
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This album is a must for anyone who likes Bach, Desmarest, Lully, Lassus, etc. I heard one of the pieces from this album on WQXR (NY Times Radio) and fell in love with the sopranos. The balance between the voices is fantastic. Whenever I have the CD playing, my friends always ask me who it is and where they can buy it. I feel that Couperin is often overshadowed in the classical radio industry by Bach and Mozart and is almost forgotten in recital repertoire, but this disk is worth your while! Even to an untrained ear, the pieces are beautiful. You will not be disappointed!
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