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Composer: Visée, Robert de (1660-1725)

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Year of birth1660
Year of death1725
NationalityUnknown
PeriodBaroque
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BrugesFrench Baroque in exquisite mini-configuration

Couperin, Guillemain, Visée
Kinga Ujszaszi; Jadran Duncumb
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All the evenings of the world

Jordi Savall © Teresa Llordes
Jordi Savall's returns to 1991 film soundtrack and captivates a full house at St John's Smith Square.
*****
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Lutenist Miguel Yisrael Makes an Auspicious American Debut

Miguel Yisrael © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Solo lute concerts of this repertoire, or lute recitals of any kind for that matter, are rare on this side of the Atlantic. Lucky audiences in Philadelphia heard an exceptional recital of French lute repertoire by Paris-based lutenist Miguel Yisrael.
****1
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Savall in Madrid

Jordi Savall
It seems unfair to describe this as a Jordi Savall concert, when in fact Xavier Díaz-Latorre, introduced as his collaborator, played at least as fundamental a role and provided some of the most memorable moments of the evening.
***11
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Rolf Lislevand delivers an evening of uplifting early Baroque music at Brussels' Protestant Chapel

Rolf Lislevand  ©  Francesca Pfeffer
Most musicians with an arresting stage presence tend to command attention with an awe-inspiring magnetism. There are, however, a handful who possess a rare ability to mesmerize an audience just as much with a calm and phlegmatic demeanour.
****1
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Fêtes Galantes: Musical Gallantry at Wigmore Hall

Sophie Daneman  © Sandra Lousada and Ian Bostridge © Ben Eagolvea
‘Fêtes Galantes’ is one of those glorious French phrases that sounds so wonderful but is nigh on impossible to translate. Rather than having any concrete meaning, it evokes Watteau-esque imagery of woodland gatherings, where eighteenth-century aristocrats amuse themselves by flirting, dancing and making music.
****1
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