De Visée: La Musique de la Chambre du Roy (1)

De Visée: La Musique de la Chambre du Roy (1)
Composer Robert de Visée
Artist Manuel Staropoli recorders and baroque flute
Massimo Marchese theorbo
Cristiano Contadin viola da gamba
Rosita Ippolito viola da gamba
Manuel Tomadin harpsichord
Lorenzo Cavasanti recorder
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 95595
EAN code 5028421955957
Release January 2018

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The project to record this unfailingly graceful court chamber music began in 2011, when the first disc from these artists appeared on Brilliant Classics and won warm critical appreciation both for a magnificent if neglected body of work, and for the stylish performances: ‘The musical treats in store for the listener are evident right away… As gorgeous Suite follows gorgeous Suite, it quickly becomes obvious that de Visée's music is strikingly original, despite its simplicity of means and structure. This is not dance music of a frivolous or frothy nature, but the work of an inspired mind, dignified and charged with emotional depth. For those who appreciate anything from François Couperin's magnificent chamber music to the 'proto-guitar' classics of the late-Renaissance masters, this CD is a very safe bet.’ (MusicWeb International)

The following volumes were greeted with equal enthusiasm: ‘De Visée's music is of excellent quality and that comes to the fore in these ensemble performances as well, also thanks to the lively playing by Staropoli and his colleagues. Every lover of French music will certainly enjoy these discs.’ (MusicWeb International)

Now the collection can be enjoyed complete for the first time ever, and enriched by a note from the artists on the fascinating figure of Robert de Viseé, chamber musician to Louis XIV, and then guitar teacher to Louis XV. In total, Manuel Staropoli employs ten different instruments, all modern copies of antique flutes and recorders. He is partnered by a rich kaleidoscopic of basso continuo instruments, not only Massimo Marchese on theorbo but also colleagues on viole da gamba and harpsichords. The set is an essential acquisition for anyone looking to enrich their knowledge of the French Baroque.

This 4CD set presents the complete music that Robert de Visée (1655-1733) wrote for Louis XIV, the Sun King.
De Visée was a highly esteemed court composer, the chamber musician of Louis XIV the Sun King. He wrote several books of works for lute and theorbo, which on this recording are enriched by the inclusion of flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord. It is music of lush instrumental flourish, highly ornamented: typical French court music, full of grandeur and grace.
These recordings were previously issued separately. The Early Music Ensemble received 5 star reviews in the international press. Its four members are Manuel Staropoli (flute), Massimo Marchese (theorbo), Cristiano Contadin (viola da gamba) and Manuel Tomadin (harpsichord), all seasoned early music players, each already with several Brilliant Classics CD’s to their name.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Suite in C Major: I. Allemande
  2. Suite in C Major: II. Courante
  3. Suite in C Major: III. Gigue
  4. Suite in C Major: IV. Muzette, rondeau
  5. Suite in C Major: V. Gavotte
  6. Suite in C Major: VI. Menuet, rondeau
  7. Suite in A Minor: I. Prelude
  8. Suite in A Minor: II. Allemande. Grave
  9. Suite in A Minor: III. Courante
  10. Suite in A Minor: IV. Sarabande
  11. Suite in A Minor: V. Gigue
  12. Suite in A Minor: VI. Rondeau
  13. Suite in D Minor: I. Allemande “la royalle”
  14. Suite in D Minor: II. Courante
  15. Suite in D Minor: III. Sarabande
  16. Suite in D Minor: IV. Gavotte
  17. Suite in D Minor: V. Chacone
  18. Suite in D Minor: VI. Rondeau. Mascarade
  19. Les Sylvains de Couperin
  20. Suite in G Major: I. Allemande
  21. Suite in G Major: II. Courante
  22. Suite in G Major: III. Sarabande
  23. Suite in G Major: IV. Gigue
  24. Suite in G Major: V. Menuet
  25. Suite in G Major: VI. Chacone
  26. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande. Grave
  27. Suite in G Major: II. Courante
  28. Suite in G Major: III. Sarabande
  29. Suite in G Major: IV. Gigue
  30. Suite in G Major: V. Gavotte
  31. Suite in G Major: VI. Passaquaille

Disk 2

  1. Suite in C Minor: I. Prelude
  2. Suite in C Minor: II. Allemande. Grave
  3. Suite in C Minor: III. Courante
  4. Suite in C Minor: IV. Sarabande. Rondeau
  5. Suite in C Minor: V. Gigue. Gaye
  6. Suite in C Minor: VI. Gavotte
  7. Suite in D Major: I. Allemande
  8. Suite in D Major: II. Courante
  9. Suite in D Major: III. Sarabande
  10. Suite in D Major: IV. Gigue
  11. Suite in D Major: V. Gavotte
  12. Suite in D Major: VI. Bourrée “la villageoise”
  13. Entrée d’Apollon
  14. Suite in E Minor: I. Allemande. Grave
  15. Suite in E Minor: II. Courante
  16. Suite in E Minor: III. Sarabande
  17. Suite in E Minor: IV. Gavotte
  18. Suite in E Minor: V. Gigue
  19. Chaconne
  20. Suite in B-Flat Major: I. Allemande. Gay “la mutine”
  21. Suite in B-Flat Major: II. Courante
  22. Suite in B-Flat Major: III. “La du haut menil”. Sarabande
  23. Suite in B-Flat Major: IV. Gigue. Grave
  24. Suite in B-Flat Major: V. Gavotte
  25. Suite in F Minor: I. Allemande. Grave “la plainte”
  26. Suite in F Minor: II. Courante
  27. Suite in F Minor: III. Sarabande
  28. Suite in F Minor: IV. Gigue I
  29. Suite in F Minor: V. Gigue II

Disk 3

  1. Allemande in E Minor
  2. Suite in G Major: I. Allemande
  3. Suite in G Major: II. Courante
  4. Suite in G Major: III. Sarabande
  5. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande grave
  6. Suite in G Minor: II. Courante
  7. Suite in G Minor: III. Sarabande
  8. Suite in G Minor: IV. Gigue gaye
  9. Suite in G Minor: V. Menuet
  10. Suite in C Minor: I. Allemande grave
  11. Suite in C Minor: II. Courante
  12. Suite in C Minor: III. Sarabande
  13. Suite in C Minor: IV. Gigue
  14. Suite in C Minor: V. Gavotte
  15. Suite in C Minor: VI. Gavotte rondeau
  16. Suite in G Minor: I. Tombeau de Mr. Francisque Corbet
  17. Suite in G Minor: II. Courante
  18. Suite in G Minor: III. Sarabande en rondeau
  19. Suite in G Minor: IV. Gavotte
  20. Suite in D Minor: I. Allemande
  21. Suite in D Minor: II. Courante
  22. Suite in D Minor: III. Gavotte
  23. Suite in D Major: I. Courante
  24. Suite in D Major: II. Gigue
  25. Gigue in F Major
  26. Suite in A Minor: I. Allemande grave
  27. Suite in A Minor: II. Allemande grave
  28. Suite in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  29. Suite in A Minor: IV. Gigue
  30. Suite in A Minor: V. Gavotte
  31. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande
  32. Suite in G Minor: II. Courante
  33. Suite in G Minor: III. Sarabande
  34. Suite in G Minor: IV. Gigue

Disk 4

  1. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande
  2. Suite in G Minor: II. Sarabande
  3. Suite in G Minor: III. Gigue
  4. Suite in G Minor: IV. Sarabande
  5. Suite in G Minor: V. Menüet
  6. Suite in D Major: I. Allemande
  7. Suite in D Major: II. Courante
  8. Suite in D Major: III. Gigue
  9. Suite in D Major: IV. Sarabande 1
  10. Suite in D Major: V. Sarabande 2
  11. Suite in D Major: VI. Gavotte
  12. Suite in D Minor: I. Prelude
  13. Suite in D Minor: II. Allemande
  14. Suite in D Minor: III. Courante
  15. Suite in D Minor: IV. Sarabande
  16. Suite in D Minor: V. Gigue
  17. Suite in D Minor: VI. Gavotte
  18. Suite in D Minor: VII. Bourreé
  19. Suite in D Minor: VIII. Menuet
  20. Suite in C Minor: I. Allemande grave
  21. Suite in C Minor: II. Allemande grave
  22. Suite in C Minor: III. Courante
  23. Suite in C Minor: IV. Sarabande 1682
  24. Suite in C Minor: V. Gigue
  25. Suite in A Minor: I. Allemande
  26. Suite in A Minor: II. Courante
  27. Suite in A Minor: III. Menuet en rondeau
  28. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande gaye
  29. Suite in G Minor: II. Courante
  30. Suite in G Minor: III. Sarabande
  31. Suite in G Minor: IV. Gavotte
  32. Suite in G Minor: V. Pastoralle
  33. Suite in A Minor: I. Prelude
  34. Suite in A Minor: II. Allemande
  35. Suite in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  36. Suite in A Minor: IV. Gigue