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Couperin: Trois Lecons de Tenebres

The King’s Consort

Couperin: Trois Lecons de Tenebres

...gripping and extraordinary
VIVAT 102 (VIVAT)
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1
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Incipit

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Incipit

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:12 Play $1.70
2
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Beth

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Beth

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
04:19 Play $1.70
3
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Gimel

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Gimel

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:35 Play $1.70
4
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Viae Sion lugent

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Viae Sion lugent

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
01:46 Play $1.70
5
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Heth

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Heth

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:14 Play $1.70
6
Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Premiere Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:32 Play $1.70
7
Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Vau

Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Vau

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Marianne Beate Kielland
Band The King's Consort
02:08 Play $1.70
8
Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Zain

Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Zain

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Marianne Beate Kielland
Band The King's Consort
02:57 Play $1.70
9
Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Heth

Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Heth

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Marianne Beate Kielland
Band The King's Consort
01:51 Play $1.70
10
Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Teth

Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Teth

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Marianne Beate Kielland
Band The King's Consort
02:49 Play $1.70
11
Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Deuxieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Marianne Beate Kielland
Band The King's Consort
02:33 Play $1.70
12
Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jod

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jod

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:32 Play $1.70
13
Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Omnis populis ejus gemens

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Omnis populis ejus gemens

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
01:47 Play $1.70
14
Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: O vos omnes

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: O vos omnes

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:09 Play $1.70
15
Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Mem

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Mem

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:55 Play $1.70
16
Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Troisieme Lecon de Tenebres: Jerusalem, convertere

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:22 Play $1.70
17
Tombeau pour Sieur de Ste Colombe

Tombeau pour Sieur de Ste Colombe

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Susanne Heinrich
Band The King's Consort
07:28 Play $3.40
18
Chaconne in A Major

Chaconne in A Major

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Susanne Heinrich
Band The King's Consort
02:51 Play $1.70
19
Motet pour le jour de Paques: Victoria

Motet pour le jour de Paques: Victoria

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:07 Play $1.70
20
Motet pour le jour de Paques: Sic Jesu pastor

Motet pour le jour de Paques: Sic Jesu pastor

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
01:53 Play $1.70
21
Motet pour le jour de Paques: O Jesu salus

Motet pour le jour de Paques: O Jesu salus

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:29 Play $1.70
22
Prelude in E minor

Prelude in E minor

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Susanne Heinrich
Band The King's Consort
05:00 Play $3.40
23
Magnificat anima mea

Magnificat anima mea

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:42 Play $1.70
24
Magnificat: Et misericordia

Magnificat: Et misericordia

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
03:45 Play $1.70
25
Magnificat: Suscepit Israel

Magnificat: Suscepit Israel

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:20 Play $1.70
26
Magnificat: Gloria Patri

Magnificat: Gloria Patri

Composer Francois Couperin 'Le Grand'
Conductor Robert King
Soloist Carolyn Sampson
Band The King's Consort
02:17 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 79 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Following on from their debut release on their label VIVAT, The King's Consort present ‘Couperin: Trois Lecons de Tenebres'. This exquisite album was named BBC Radio 3 CD Review's 'Disc of the Week' upon its release.

This album is licensed for download from VIVAT.
Download includes - cover art, booklet

‘...the simple dignity of the instrumental accompaniment from the members of the King's Consort underpins them perfectly. Something else that separates this new recording from most of the others is the careful selection of works that follows the Tenebrae Lessons.' BBC Radio 3 - CD Review 'Disc of the Week'

‘Sumptuous performances ... Sampson's brightness and Kielland's riper tones beautifully complement each other' The Sunday Times

'The soprano Carolyn Sampson and mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland, both highly regarded as Baroque specialists, deliver fresh performances that are at once serious, stylish and beautifully judged...To round out the disc, Heinrich contributes admirable performances of two viol pieces by Couperin's contemporary and colleague at court, Marin Marais, and one by the violinist known only as Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe le fils...well worth acquiring.' Gramophone (May 2013)


Soprano - Carolyn Sampson
Mezzo-soprano - Marianne Beate Kielland
Bass viol - Susanne Heinrich
Theorbo - Lynda Sayce

Couperin's vividly atmospheric, richly dissonant settings of Jeremiah's bitterly anguished texts present music of an intensity and power that is quite unique in Baroque sacred repertoire. These three glorious Leçons are performed by two of the finest singers working in the field, British soprano Carolyn Sampson and Norwegian mezzo Marianne Beate Kielland, whose exquisite, intertwining duets are a highlight of the disc. The recording also contains two further, remarkable vocal works by Couperin: a setting of the Magnificat and a fine Easter motet. Accompanying them are theorbo player Lynda Sayce, organist Robert King and Gramophone award-winning violist Susanne Heinrich, who also contributes a striking Prélude by the shadowy Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe le fils and two ravishing solos by Marais, including a wonderfully melancholy Tombeau.

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