De Visée: La musique de la chambre du Roi Vol.3

De Visée: La musique de la chambre du Roi Vol.3
Composer Robert de Visée
Artist Manuel Staropolirecorders
Lorenzo Cavasanti recorders
Massimo Marches theorbo
Cristiano Contadin viola da gamba
Manuel Tomadin harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95029
EAN code 5028421950297
Release September 2015

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Little is known of Robert de Viseé (1655–1733). Even his birth and death places and dates are uncertain. What we do know is that this fine collection of Suites was published in Paris in 1716. It is, for its time and place, typically stylish music, often with a melancholy tinge. This release of historically informed performances by Italian musicians completes their recording of the publication. ‘As gorgeous Suite follows gorgeous Suite,’ remarked MusicWeb’s reviewer of Volume 2, ‘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.’

The project to record the suites has been led by recorder player Manuel Staropoli, who plays an array of eight different instruments according to the tessitura and colour of the particular dance, accompanied by an authentically mixed continuo ensemble of theorbo, viola da gamba and harpsichord. The effect of the many different recorders is charmingly intimate and showcases de Visee’s gift for a tune of simple beauty, delicately ornamented. One entire suite is performed on solo flute, such as we find more commonly in the work of Boismortier and de la Barre.

De Visee’s suites for guitar (or lute or theorbo) have been recorded many times (including on Brilliant Classics, 94435) but this set is much less well-known, yet musically no less satisfying.

This is the third and final recording of the complete Musique de la Chambre du Roi by Robert de Visée.
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.
The previous two issues of De Visée by this 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. Suites from Different Books: I. Allemande in E Minor, 1716
  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 and Rondeau
  19. Suite in G Minor: IV. Gavotte
  20. Suites from Different Books: I. Allemande in D Minor, 1682
  21. Suites from Different Books: II. Courante in D Minor, 1716
  22. Suites from Different Books: III. Gavotte in D minor 1682
  23. Suites from Different Books: I. Courante in D Major, 1716 – tutti
  24. Suites from Different Books: II. Gigue in D Major, 1716 – tutti
  25. Suites from Different Books: I. Gigue in F Major, 1682 – tutti
  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 2

  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. Menuet
  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
  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. Boureé
  19. Suite in D Minor: VIII. Menuet
  20. Suite in C Major: I. Allemande grave
  21. Suite in C Major: II. Allemande grave
  22. Suite in C Major: III. Courante
  23. Suites from Different Books: I. Sarabande in C Minor, 1682
  24. Suite in C Major: V. Gigue
  25. Suite in A Minor: I. Allemande
  26. Suite in A Minor: II. Courante
  27. Suite in A Minor: III. Menüet en rondeau
  28. Suite in G Minor: I. Allemande gay
  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