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Composer: Campra, Andre (1660-1744)

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Year of birth1660
Year of death1744
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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OsloClosing Concert: French Baroque

Closing Concert: French Baroque
Campra, Charpentier, Rameau
Christophe Rousset; Les Talens Lyriques; Chœur de chambre de Namur; Caroline Arnaud; Éléonore Pancrazi
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Campra capers: Le Carnaval de Venise

David Evans, Jesse Blumberg and Ryaan Ahmed © Kathy Wittman
With Lully’s death in 1687 and Louis XIV’s increasing immersion in religious piety under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, the court ceased to exercise a strangle hold on opera.
****1
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An attempted musical peace treaty: excerpts of André Campra’s L’Europe Galante with Skip Sempé and Capriccio Stravagante

Emmanuelle de Negri © Stéphane Lariven
Opening the Oslo International Church Music Festival with excerpts of a secular opera, Skip Sempé and Capriccio Stravagante fail to impress with their performance of Campra's L'Europe galante.
**111
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BBC Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Les 24 Violons du Roy

Sir Roger Norrington and Les 24 Violons du Roy at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC / Sisi Burn
The second in the Proms Saturday Matinee series featured French Baroque music from the period of Louis XIV, performed by Les 24 Violons du Roy and conducted by Roger Norrington. Interestingly, there was some common ground with the Concert Spirituel concert I reviewed earlier in the Proms season in that they were both projects attempting to recreate 18th-century orchestras.
****1
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Bach goes Paris: Das OAE unter William Christie

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Eric Richmond
Dieses Tanzprogramm bot durchgehend launige Unterhaltung: von prunkvoll bis leicht, spritzig und rasant verzauberten Ensemble und Dirigent die Essener Philharmonie.
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L’éloquence française d’André Campra, par William Christie et Robert Carsen

Jonathan McGovern (Alamir / Damire / Borée), Rachel Redmond (Irène / Léontine /  Flore) © Patrice Nin
L’association prometteuse de William Christie des Arts Florissants avec le metteur en scène Robert Carsen ambitionnait de restituer sur instruments d’époque l’opéra-ballet du compositeur français André Campra (1660-1744). Pari réussi.
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