La Grande France

Saturday 2 July 2011, 8.15pm

St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London NW3 1NU

The French style in music at court and in the theatres in Restoration London

The music

Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–87): Overture and ‘Calme tes déplaisirs’ from Cadmus et Hermione
Matthew Locke (c. 1621–77): Brawles in C minor
Michel Lambert (1610–96): ‘Que d’amants séparés’
Matthew Locke: Suite for Macbeth
Jean-Baptiste Lully: ‘Récit de la Fortune’ and ‘Chaconne des Maures’ from Alcidiane
Henry Purcell (1659–95): Overture and ‘The gate to bliss’ from Theodosius
Robert Cambert (c. 1628–77): Overtures and airs from Pomone
Matthew Locke: Symphony and song at the descent of Venus from Psyche
Louis Grabu (fl. 1665–90): Suite from Valentinian
Henry Purcell: ‘Fairest Isle’ and Chaconne from King Arthur

The musicians

(Rachel Elliott soprano, Nicolette Moonen & Foskien Kooistra violin, Anne Schumann & Rachel Stott viola, Alison McGillivray cello, Silas Wollston harpsichord)

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