Chandos is delighted to welcome on board the multi-award-winning Ensemble Meridiana. Established as one of Europe’s finest baroque ensembles, it is regularly invited to all the prestigious international early music festivals, on top of their touring activity worldwide.
In this programme of French delights we trace the voyage of Love through baroque France. The three composers presented on this album were active in different milieus of the French world of baroque music. They escort us to the sites of the action: the chamber music of Joseph Bodin de Boismortier takes us to the salons of the city, and his Ballet de Village transports us to the country. The Compositeur de la Chambre du Roi Jean-Féry Rebel invites us to the royal court. And finally Michel Corrette completes our story with the joys of earthly love in Le Plaisir des Dames and a wedding feast in the country!
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“...The album takes its title from an opera by Boismortier of 1736. His Premier Ballet de Village en trio and his Sonates in two, three and five parts strike me as works of genius, full of lively, toe-tapping dance movements and ravishing airs. Rebel, too, was an innovator, as his Caractères de la Danse show, and Corrette’s concerto comique Le plaisir des dames sizzles.”
Hugh Canning - The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) - 31 July 2016
"... a tour de force... some intriguing and delightful surprises ..."
Julie Anne Sadie - Gramophone magazine - July 2016
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