Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737) was a bass violinist in the orchestra of the Paris Opera, a music theorist, one of the most versatile French composers of the generation between Lully and Rameau and also an excellent music teacher. His pupils included the daughters of the court harpsichordist, François Couperin.
Montéclair shows off his dramatic talents to the full in his twenty French cantatas. Whether the subject is Pan’s fated love for Syrinx or the pastoral woes of ‘La Bergère’, the soprano Claire Lefilliâtre is a perfect choice to bring these stories to life with the recorder player Patrick Denecker’s baroque ensemble. RedHerring Baroque Ensemble also takes on Couperin’s Quatrième Concert Royal, along with some of his keyboard pieces.
M.P. de Montéclair: Pan et Syrinx | La Bergère | Anonymous: Fables dans le Goût de La Fontaine | F. Couperin: Quatrième Concert Royal | La Raphaèle | Les Sylvains etc.
Claire Lefilliâtre: soprano | RedHerring baroque ensemble: Patrick Denecker, recorder & artistic director | Ryo Terakado, violin | Kaori Uemura, viol | Guy Penson, harpsichord | Floris De Rycker, theorbo