Found this in a second hand CD shop the other day. Some rare and fine lute music (also for solo lute) on that disc.
Review from this webpage: The galant poets were popular in France around 1670 and their words were matched to music for delicate and cheerful Air serieux which became the rage in Parisian salons in the latter part of the 17th century. Not only did the characteristics of delicacy and spirited delivery apply to the words and music but also to the style of performance. It was considered important for the diction to be perfect, with every syllable clearly pronounced.
Charpentier is the best known of the composers who were masters of this particular song form, but all of those represented in this collection of miniature jewels have created inspired little courtly songs. The two performers are well-versed in the style. Soprano Zomer is Dutch and often performs recitals accompanied either by lute or fortepiano. Jacobs plays a theorbo which differs from the usual Italian model by having shorter bass strings and a body closer in shape to a large lute than most theorbos. He offers a contrast to the vocal selections with several brief instrumental works spaced thru the program. Most of them employ dance movements such as the sarabande and courante.
Zomer has a rich and lovely voice with excellent pitch and phrasing as well as good diction. English translations of all the songs are provided. The excitements, pain and cruelty of love are the focus of most of them. The sound of the theorbo is subtle and fairly quiet, but has a wide range - especially in the lower frequencies. After a program such as this, the standard Spanish guitar sounds a bit raspy and blatant. And yes, though it’s not possible to have only two musicians surround you, the multichannel option clearly makes the listening experience more naturalistic and involving. - John Sunier
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Antoine Boesset - Noires forets; Que servent tes conseils
Ennemond Gaultier - L'Immortelle (lute solo)
Antoine Boesset - Me veux-tu voir mourir
Germain Pinel - Prelude (lute solo)
Nicolas Hotman - Sarabande (lute solo)
Michel Lambert - Il n'est point d'amour sans peine; Rochers, vous etes sourds; Vos mepris chaque jour
Nicolas Hotman - Pieces de theorbe in d minor - Allemande, Courante, Passacaille (lute solo)
Sebastien le Camus - Forets solitaires et sombres; Ah! Fuyons ce dangereux sejour; Laissez durer la nuit; Qu'une longue tiedeur ennuie; Amour, cruel Amour
Robert de Visee - Prelude; la Mascarade; Chaconne en rondeau (lute solo)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Ah! Laissez-moi rever; Celle qui fait tout mon tourment; Ah! Qu'on est malheureux; Ruisseau qui nourrit dans ce bois; Sans frayeur dans ce bois (Chaconne)
Johannette Zomer - Soprano
Fred Jacobs - French theorbo
Label: Channel Classics
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