Charpentier: Stances du Cid, Airs de cour

Cyril Auvity haute-contre, L’Yriade
59:32
Glossa GCD 923601
+ F. Couperin, Lambert & Morel

This is an attractive programme of comparatively rare vocal repertoire. Airs de cour  by Charpentier (including verses from Corneille’s Le Cid) and Lambert are interpersed with instrumental movements from Couperin’s Les Nations. Regular readers will know that I do not enjoy the continuo combination of harpsichord and theorbo but the bowed string playing is consistently very good. Cyril Auvity is an experienced advocate of the haute-contre  repertoire and draws on all that experience to engage fully with the texts of these miniature dramas. His tone in the higher register can verge on the harsh, though this is a rare event. The booklet note is strong on the context of the music but says little about its content. We do, however, get the full French texts with English translations though, strangely, no information about the artists.

David Hansell