Rondeau Mélancolique

VM017 Released April, 2018

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[I]ntimate, delicate and sensuous music of the often flamboyant and dramatic of the French Baroque courts from the time of Louix XIV onwards into the mid-17th-century.

The seven composers represent both the traditional French style, the Italian-influenced style, and the ultimate fusion of styles championed by the likes of François Couperin. Although the seven pieces aren’t arranged in chronological order, or in order of the Italian influence, the programme makes for a coherent whole.

Although the acoustic is probably slightly livelier than that of the chambers in which the music was originally performed, it works well. The volume of the recorder is well balanced against the supporting continuo players.

– Early Music Reviews +, Andrew Benson-Wilson

Rondeau Mélancolique
‘’Tis going, I own, like the Knight of the Woeful Countenance in quest of melancholy adventures. But I know not how it is, but I am never so perfectly conscious of the existence of a soul within me, as when I am entangled in them.’
-Laurence Sterne: A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy (London, 1768)

Recorded in St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow by Joseph Chesshyre in January 2017
Produced by Joseph Chesshyre, Alex McCartney and László Rózsa
Mastered by Joseph Chesshyre
Cover artwork by Tamara Capellaro