Harmonia Podcast #143: Purcell and the French Baroque with Karina Gauvin

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December
2010

A couple of my favorite recordings on the ATMA Classique label have some things in common. They feature Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin, the Montreal-based ensemble Les Boréades, and programs of Baroque music.

The earlier release of the two, Hyver (“Winter”), is an excellent and varied CD of French Baroque cantatas and suites. I especially enjoyed the title cantata by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, beautifully delivered with great energy by soloist and ensemble alike.

As for the Purcell recording, there are many wonderful things about the performance that make it memorable. Above all, Gauvin’s poetic delivery—individual and touching—makes the recording a true stand out.

Listen: #143—Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades

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