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Venice to Versailles


Venice to Versailles / Elysium Ensemble

  • Published by Move Records [MD3260] — 1 CD
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The title Venice to Versailles evokes the idea of a journey or the movement from one place (or state) to another. The works recorded here certainly present an intriguing musical journey through the diversity of instrumental chamber music of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: sets of variations on vocal works and ground basses, dances, sonatas and suites from Italy and France. On another level, the 'affections' or 'passions' - universal states of the soul, such as rage, melancholy, joy or mystic exaltation - of the attentive listener will be moved.

Venice and Versailles were two of the most important centres for the arts in Europe during the Baroque period. They represent the two dominant and contrasting styles of music: Venice, the robust, joyous exuberance and barocco ('wild' or 'grotesque') character of the Italian style, and Versailles, the refinement, delicacy, elegance and douceur ('sweetness') of the French.

The complete historical notes for this CD are now available on the web by clicking here.

For details of their upcoming concerts and activities, visit the Elysium Ensemble website at www.elysiumensemble.com.


Track Listing

Giovanni Bassano (c. 1558-1617)
Ricercata Quarta
Susanne ung jour (after Roland de Lassus)
Frais et gaillard (after Clemens non Papa)

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (d. 1651)
Toccata No. 3

Dario Castello (d. 1658)
Sonata Prima a sopran solo

Giovanni Paolo Cima (b. c1570)
Sonata a3

Diego Ortiz (c1510-c1570)
Recercada Ottava - Recercada Segunda

Marco Uccellini (c. 1603-1680)
Aria sopra la Bergamasca

Jacques Hotteterre (1674-1763)
Pemiere Suite de pieces a deux dessus ... (Paris, 1712)

Robert de Visee (mid 17thC-early 18thC)
Suite in A minor

Jacques Hotteterre (1674-1763)
Troisieme Suite
Pieces pour la flute-traversiere ... (Paris, 1708)

Francois Couperin (1668-1733)
Musete de Choisi
Musete de Taverni


Press Quotes

“an interesting package ... some beautiful moments”

— Marie Ritter, Early Music Review

“Yet once again, Elysium Ensemble shows their mastery of the French baroque style with its subtlety, elegance and sophistication ... a touch of vigour and liveliness to brighten anyone's day.”

— Caroline Downer, Cinnamon Sticks

“What a delight! ... their sound is perfection personified, a marvellous soul-searching selection of melodies which reach into the heart. 5/5

— Chris Copas, The Star

“A nice compilation of Italian and French repertoire ... playing at its finest ... the obvious pleasure the musicians take in playing this music.”

— Hilary Shrubb, ABC 24 Hours

“I do not know what to say ... I think it's magic.”

— Thomas Bell, 4SRB FM

“This is music to warm heart and soul on the bitterest winter night ... ranging in mood from solemn to sparkling ... performed consummately”

— Bob Crimeen, Sunday Herald Sun

“"worthy in conception, style and learning ... subtle pleasures ... the playing is stylish, sensitive and intelligently informed ... a testament to the sophistication of Australia's knowledge of early music”

— Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

“A pleasant, easy-listening, well recorded and recommended CD”

— Neville Olliffe, Early Music News

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