Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Francois Couperin, Daniel Taylor, Robin Blaze|
Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres
Genres: Pop, Classical
Old time revival
Dr. Peter J. Glidden | Gli Angeli, California | 03/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My passion for classical music began (and ended, with occasional excursions) with baroque vocal music. It also began in the 90's with early J.E. Gardiner, Alessandro Scarlatti (Alain Zaepfel and Véronique Dietschy), and François Couperin's Leçons de ténèbres. My first and favorite recording was sung by Ann Monoyios and Monique Zanetti and I have never, ever gotten over it. Since then I have acquired multiple (+10) recordings of this work sung with every voice type (and I mean every).
Couperin's Leçons is a singer's paradise: with a nearly naked accompagniment, only beauty of tone and inspired interpretation will suffice. It is also extremely difficult music (cadenzas, and fiorituri abound).
This recording is important.
Daniel Taylor is our very best counter-tenor - if perhaps tied with Brian Asawa - for sheer beauty of alto voice. Here he brings his amazing vocality and raw loveliness - a bit of Michael Chance's breathiness, too - and his professed belief in the spiritual dimension of this text. Taylor's voice is both natural and at the highest level of skill. He chooses Robin Blaze - who infuses true beauty into a more conventional falesettist sound - to partner with, also an excellent choice, as he is also a consumate musician and true believer.
I listened to this music today and I award it my highest compliment: while trying to compare/contrast this interpretation with the Monoyios/Zanetti, I could not recall the eariler recording but had to experience this music in the eternal present."