Lucile Richardot, Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce – Perpetual Night: 17th Century Airs and Songs (2018) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Lucile Richardot, Correspondances, Sébastien Daucé – Perpetual Night: 17th Century Airs and Songs (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:12:01 minutes | 709 MB | Genre: Classical
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The circulation of artists and sovereigns between France and England in the seventeenth century resulted in the establishment of highly original genres in the latter country: the first recitatives, large-scale airs from masques and dramatic ‘scenes’ provided fertile ground for experimentation and prepared the way for the birth of semi-opera. Sébastien Daucé explores this English vocal art in a programme tailor-made for one of today’s most fascinating voices: Lucile Richardot, in the exquisite setting provided by Correspondances, subtly blends music, love, night and melancholy.”

We could say that the composers chosen here by Sébastien Daucé and the Ensemble Correspondances cover England from 1600 to 1700, from Coprario’s generation (real name Cooper, but Italicised for fashion reasons!), Johnson and Lanier, all born before the turn of the 17th century, up to Hart and Blow who died just after. Step by step, we follow the integration of the new art brought over from Italy, although the typically-Italian recitations remain coloured by “declamation”, a typical feature of English music. Another clear pivot is the twenty-year musical hiatus between the start of the Civil War in 1642 and the Restoration with Charles II’s return to the throne, and in between, the Puritan religious dictatorship of Cromwell, which tried to ban more or less any form of celebration, including music. A number of English artists chose exile in the countryside, teaching music, or went abroad. This comprehensive selection spanning a whole century allows the Correspondances ensemble, a broad group of singers and instrumentalists, to show their deep knowledge of this whole epoch, which is extremely rich despite often precarious conditions of life and threats to survival.

1. Care-charming sleep 05:15
2. Justitia Sacrum (Whiles I this standing lake) 03:07
3. The Masque of Squires: Go, happy man 02:00
4. What tears, dear Prince, can serve 03:27
5. Music, the master of thy art is dead 02:50
6. Selected Ayres and Dialogues: No more shall meads 03:10
7. Go, perjured man 01:18
8. Pavan in F-Major 04:02
9. Choice Ayres & Songs: Give me my lute 02:27
10. Howl not, you ghosts and furies 04:40
11. Britannia Triumphans: Chorus “Britanocles the great and good appears” (King’s Masque Final) 03:18
12. Powerful Morpheus, let thy charms 04:46
13. The Judgment of Paris: Rise, princely shepherd 06:39
14. Choice Ayres & Songs: Adieu to the pleasures 04:44
15. Choice Ayres & Songs: Amintas, that true hearted swain 03:43
16. Amphion Anglicus: Poor Celadon, he sighs in vain (Loving above himself) 05:10
17. Little Consort of 3 Parts, Suite III: IV. Saraband 01:24
18. Celestial Music: When Orpheus sang 04:16
19. Choice Ayres & Songs: Phillis, oh! turn that face 02:02
20. Amphion Anglicus: Epilogue “Sing, sing, Ye Muses” 03:43

Banister, John (1630-79)
Blow, John (1649-1708)
Coprario, John (c.1570-1626)
Hart, James (1647-1718)
Hilton, John (c.1560-1608)
Jackson, John (d.1689?)
Jenkins, John (1592-1678)
Johnson, Robert (c.1583-1633)
Lanier, Nicholas (1588-1666)
Lawes, William (1602-45)
Locke, Matthew (c.1622-77)
Purcell, Henry (1659-95)
Ramsey, Robert (fl.1610-44)
Webb, William (fl.1620-56)

Lucile Richardot, mezzo
Ensemble Correspondances
Sebastien Dauce, direction