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'Comedie et Tragedie'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Comedie et Tragedie'

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'Comedie et Tragedie'

Lully Le bourgeois gentilhomme--Suite

Marais Alcyone--Suite Rebel Les elements

Tempesta di Mare/Gwyn Roberts, Richard Stone

Chandos Chaconne [F] CHAN0805 (67' * DDD)

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The enterprising Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra known as Tempesta di Mare, founded in 2002, was the brainchild of the American lutenist Richard Stone and his wife, the flautist Gwyn Roberts, and the repertoire they have recorded on Chandos heretofore reflects their strengths: Fasch, Mancini and Weiss as well as Bach, Handel and Scarlatti.

Their new release, a disc of French theatre music by Lully, Rebel and Marais, marks the first of a projected series. The choice of music on this CD already enjoys reasonable currency, especially Jordi Savall's version of Lully's 'Ceremonie des Turcs' from Le bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) for the film Tons le matins du monde (1994). Rebel's 'Le chaos' that opens Les elements (1737-38) once heard is never forgotten and much the same can be said of the dramatic 'Tempete' in Marais's opera Alcyone (1706). …

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