‘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.