A Night in London

In the 1730s, many composers tried their luck in London, where many other treasures were in preparation: Geminiani revolutionised instrumental writing [...]

Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de clavecin

Armand-Louis Couperin – François Couperin ("le Grand") was his father's cousin – was regarded as one of the finest musicians of his time, and his [...]

Bach: Sonatas for violin and continuo

Johann Sebastian Bach appears to have had a lifelong interest in chamber music. He was the son of a musician and the father of a large family: playing [...]

Ballet royal de la Naissance de Vénus

Written at the request of Louis XIV in honour of his sister-in-law, Henrietta of England, Le Ballet royal de la naissance de Vénus was performed in 1665 [...]

La Francesina

For the French soprano Élisabeth Duparc, known as “La Francesina”, Handel composed no fewer than twelve principal roles in major works – operas and [...]

Le Manuscrit de Madame Théobon

This manuscript, from Christophe Rousset’s private collection, was discovered by him in 2004. Property of Madame Théobon, one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, [...]

Le Quattro Stagioni

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Vivaldi put the whole force of nature into this music, one of the most performed around the world, uniting us in our human condition. Alexandra Conunova, [...]

Marin Marais: Pièces de viole, Livre I

Marin Marais is one of the most important figures of the French baroque. At once a virtuoso on the viola da gamba, a composer and a teacher, Marais left [...]

Pfleger: The Life and Passion of the Christ

Pfleger is unquestionably one of the most fascinating baroque masters of Northern Europe of the seventeenth-century. Embodiying the transition between [...]

Rameau: Concerts en sextuor

Transcriptions for string sextet of Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts of 1741, the Concerts en sextuor were published by Saint-Saëns in the [...]

Scarlatti to Scarlatti

Editions of Domenico Scarlatti’s almost 600 keyboard sonatas were for a long time based on uncertain sources. The resulting editorial confusion gave rise [...]