Hyver: Les Boréades

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Release date : Oct 2005

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The cantata form blossomed in France during the first third of the 18th century and quickly departed from the original model from Italy and became freer. The French cantatas written for one voice and basso continuo and few instruments resembles a short piece of tragedy in music just as much as the Italian cantata resembles a fragment of a serious opera.

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This CD of Les Boréades de Montréal, features acclaimed Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin in two French Baroque Cantatas: Orphée by Nicolas Clérambault and L’Hyver by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. The recording is completed by two instrumental pieces: the lively suite from the opera Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier and by Michel Corrette’s Concerto comique no 25 Les Sauvages.

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