CD Secrets de Roy - pièces de violes - Couperin


Just as in the deepest night, the faintest glimmers of light become visible to the human eye in search of support, it is in the midst of mysterious works that the slightest note becomes a source of ecstasy for the musician's touch and the listener's ear. Couperin's viola pieces, by the secrets they conceal, will spark the curiosity of all!

If the cherished corpus of Pièces de Violes by François Couperin “the Great”, the celebrated organist of the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, constitutes a major contribution to the viol repertoire in France at the beginning of the 18th century, this unique volume published in Paris in 1728 is also shrouded in mystery for any musician who might wish to immerse himself in these sumptuous pieces. Might they have been composed for an exceptional performer, Marin Marais or Antoine Forqueray, Couperin’s colleagues at the Court of Louis XIV? Arranged in two suites of splendid pieces, blending Italian and French styles, they represent all the spirit and finesse of the music of the King’s Chamber at its apogee. Accompanied by the finest French musicians, Mathilde Vialle divinely plays her viol, in turn both devilish and sweet-toned, intense and acute, virtuoso and sensitive, and through such outstanding portraits of the human soul, brings the spirit of Versailles to life by exalting it…

Recorded from 24th to 27th June 2019 at the Château de Versailles. 

Mathilde Vialle, Louise Bouedo-Mallet, viola da gamba
Thibaut Roussel, theorbo and baroque guitar
Sébastien Daucé, harpsichord
François Couperin (1668-1733)

Booklet in french / english / german
Duration :  66'53

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