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Music for the Countess of Sandwich


Music for the Countess of Sandwich : Six Suites for Flute du Voix and Harpsichord (1701)

  • Published by Move Records [MD3161] — 1 CD
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Two of Australia's leading early music specialists – together on one disc – perform exquisite music of the French Baroque. The first Australian release of the complete suites for 'voice-flute' composed by Charles Dieupart.

In 1701 Dieupart dedicated these works to Elizabeth, Countess of Sandwich, daughter of the Earl of Rochester who had been sent to France for her health, and became Dieupart's harpsichord pupil.

Two versions of the Suites were published simultaneously; one for solo harpsichord the other with parts for violin or flute, and continuo (ie harpsichord). The fifth and sixth suites are presented on Music for the Countess of Sandwich as solo harpsichord versions. The opening of J. S. Bach's English Suite is 'borrowed' from Dieupart's Premier Suite from this collection.

A rare opportunity to experience the unusual, haunting colours of the 'voice flute'.


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Six Suites for Flute du Voix and Harpsichord (1701)
Suitte 1 in A major
Suitte 2 in D major
Suitte 3 in b minor
Suitte 4 in e minor
Suitte 5 F major
Suitte 6 in f minor


Press Quotes

“It is the unusual, elusive quality of (the voice flute) ... which I find entices one to listen to this recording over and over again.”

Early Music Society of Victoria

“Flawless delivery ... (Kent's) sense of colour and phrase-shape never fails.”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age

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