Three albums to rediscover this season! Handel, Bouzignac, Lambert: the three singular Baroque figures and repertoires featured on the albums newly re-released by harmonia mundi.
Re-releases from harmonia mundi
Continuing its re-release of Les Arts Florissants recordings from the Ensemble’s first two decades, harmonia mundi presents a new selection. Most of these albums were no longer available for purchase or had become difficult to find. This new batch presents three albums newly re-released with updated packaging:Handel’s Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (one of the few solely instrumental recordings by Les Arts Florissants); Te Deum and an assortment of motets by brilliant yet still fairly little-known French Baroque master Guillaume Bouzignac; and a selection of Lambert's Arias for the Court—a delightful opportunity to compare this early version featuring the voices of Agnès Mellon, Guillemette Laurens, and Dominique Visse with more recent releases of this repertoire (“Bien que l’Amour” and “Si vous voulez un jour”). Upcoming releases to look for in 2021 will include the third volume in the Airs sérieux et à boire series; an album of Jean-Baptiste Senaillé's Sonatas—a wonderful rediscovery—performed by violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte and William Christie on harpsichord; and the second volume of Gesualdo’s Madrigals (Books III and IV) conducted by Paul Agnew.