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M-A Charpentier: Symphonies Pour Un Reposoir

Magazine article Gramophone

M-A Charpentier: Symphonies Pour Un Reposoir

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M-A Charpentier

Symphonies pour un reposoir, H508.

Noels sur les instruments. Sonate a huit, H548 Namur Chamber Choir; Freddy Eichelberger org

Les Dominos; Les Agremens / Florence Malgioire

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Following her recordings of 18th-century French chamber music, the violinist Florence Malgioire scrolled further back to Charpentier, who composed relatively few, albeit extremely interesting, stand-alone instrumental works. The principal instrumental work here is the tantalising Sonate a huit, a work that has been slow to gain popularity, despite a fine recording by London Baroque as long ago as 1986 (Harmonia Mundi, 5/87). To judge by the paper on which he copied the parts, Charpentier composed the Sonate in the mid-1680s as a showpiece for four solo players and accompanying instruments, and to impress a Paris audience of connoisseurs, who would take delight in the various juxtapositions of current French and Italian styles within it. Les Dominos do it proud, though I was sorry to detect the pauses between some of the movements--something Charpentier specifically warned against. …

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