Dauvergne

COMPOSERS: Dauvergne
LABELS: Harmonia Mundi
WORKS: Les Troqueurs; Concert de simphonies
PERFORMER: Mary Saint-Palais, Sophie Marin-Degor, Nicolas Rivenq, Jean-Marc SalzmannCappella Coloniensis/William Christie
CATALOGUE NO: HMC 901454 DDD
This delightful trifle offers a fascinating glimpse of French

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opera in the declining years of the Baroque. It is not so much a homage to Italian taste as a near complete capitulation to it. The result is melodious, pacey and, with a nod

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to the French manner, distinctively orchestrated. This is an elegant performance, though not without blemish; the singing is well characterised and, on the whole, consistently pleasing. An enticing issue. Jan Smaczny