Un Bestiaire Fabuleux

Ensemble Faenza, Marco Horvat
Editions Hortus 212

This ensemble has researched far and wide in French sources c1650-1750 for this lively anthology of songs and instrumental music exploring the animal kingdom, in which a piece from Couperin’s 22nd ordre seems almost an interloper in the often ‘folky’ soundworld. The approach to performance practice in general might be better described as ‘creative’ rather than HIP but there is plenty of discipline in the playing and singing. The balance of lighter and more serious items is good and they are all neatly characterised.

The booklet includes all sung texts but is in French only.

David Hansell

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