Music for the Sun King's court by François Couperin and Michel Richard de Lalande
The Leçons de Ténèbres by Lalande are not that well known, and Couperin's Concerts royaux are not that often played with only one violin. That makes this disc an attractive proposal, also because of the generally good quality of the performances[.]
These performances with a single violin lend them a kind of intimacy, as they could have sounded in the private chambers of the King. That intimacy is even enhanced by the use of a spinet rather than a two-manual harpsichord in the basso continuo.
I have greatly enjoyed [Rosemary Galton's] performance which is stylish and expressive. She avoids any vibrato, varies the dynamics and uses a historical pronunciation of Latin. The text is always clearly understandable. The performances of Couperin's Concerts Royaux are just as good as Rafael Font delivers a differentiated interpretation.
Johan van Veen (musica Dei donum)
released March 8, 2014
Violin: Rafael Font
Soprano: Rosemary Galton
Bass viol: Kate Conway
Harpsichord: Joseph Chesshyre
Recorded by Joseph Chesshyre at St George's Church, Esher