Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti

Monsieur Couperin: Apothéoses

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

French Baroque violinist Amandine Beyer and her group Gli Incogniti have gained a reputation for lively performances of Baroque chamber music but this one is going to be tough to beat. It pairs the two François Couperin works titled "Apotheosis," one devoted to Couperin's French predecessor Lully, the other to Arcangelo Corelli. They're a fascinating pair, both aimed at the reconciliation of Italian and French styles, but in different ways, with Italianate instrumental work grafted with exquisite grace onto French court rhythms in the former, and French ornament added to a loose sonata structure in the latter. Beyer's violin seems almost to bloom from its surroundings, and the playing of all the musicians has a most attractive combination of crispness and warmth. Another attraction is the presence of a pair of early Couperin works designated "sonades," framing the two Apothesoses; these are rarely heard and put Couperin's later attempts to "reunify the tastes" into an interesting perspective. Add in superior sound from Harmonia Mundi, and this is, in sum, a release that may well be definitive for these works.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La superbe, sonade en trio
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:55 Amazon
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:47 Amazon
3 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:26 Amazon
4 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:25 Amazon
5 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:20 Amazon
6 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:57 Amazon
Concert instrumental sur le titre d'Apothéose
7 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:31 Amazon
8 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:00 Amazon
9 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:28 Amazon
10 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:31 Amazon
11 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:30 Amazon
12 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:17 Amazon
13 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:02 Amazon
14 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:28 Amazon
15 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:09 Amazon
16 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:15 Amazon
17 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:25 Amazon
18 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:47 Amazon
19 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:11 Amazon
20 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:37 Amazon
21 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:28 Amazon
22 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:42 Amazon
Le Parnasse, ou l'apothéose de Corelli, grande sonade en trio
23 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:45 Amazon
24 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:04 Amazon
25 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:08 Amazon
26 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:00 Amazon
27 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:13 Amazon
28 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:40 Amazon
29 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 02:13 Amazon
La Sultane, sonade en quatuor
30
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 03:18 Amazon
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:48 Amazon
32 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:00 Amazon
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:04 Amazon
34 Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 00:48 Amazon
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Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti 01:04 Amazon
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