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Amarillis on the Naïve Label

The French trio Amarillis and their recent box set, "Europe Baroque," as well as a new release of music by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.

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Part of a large fresco on the ceiling of the Roman Church of the Gesù. Entitled "Triumph of the Sacred Name of Jesus," the fresco was created in the 17th Century by Giovanni Battista Gaulli.

The French trio Amarillis has achieved quite a lot in the last fifteen years. Not only have they received several prizes at international competitions, but they have been prolific in creating a discography on the French record label Naïve. The ensemble consists of two sisters, Héloïse and Ophélie Gaillard, and the harpsichordist Violaine Cochard. Héloïse plays both the baroque oboe and recorder while Ophélie is the group’s cellist. The trio is sometimes expanded with singers and instrumentalists depending on the kind of music they explore.

A recently released box set of four CDs entitled Europe Baroque gave us a mini-tour through the baroque, which drew from Amarillis’ back catalog. One the recordings included music from 17th-century Italy and highlighted works by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi and Giuseppe Jacchini.

One of the recordings focused on Antonio Vivaldi’s music; in particular, his concertos for recorder and for cello. While expanded into an orchestra, the trio’s two sisters were the soloists in some of Vivaldi’s most brilliant compositions.

Like many a successful ensemble, Amarillis devoted an entire recording to the music of George Frideric Handel. Naturally, they concentrated on his sonatas for recorder as well as ones for oboe.

For the program entitled Jeux de dames à la Cour, “Ladies who play at Court,” Amarillis took as inspiration the kind of music that noblewomen might have played at court in 18th-century France. The composers included Barrière, Hotteterre, Boismortier, Rameau, and others.

Our new release of the week features the orchestral music of German baroque composer Johann Christoph Pez. A Ramée label recording, Pez’s music is given a spirited reading by the baroque orchestra Les Muffati under the direction of Peter van Heyghen.

Here are two videos of Amarillis with French soprano Sandrine Piau performing Antonio Vivaldi’s cantata “Nulla in mundo pax sincera,” RV 630.

Part 1:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eItTyiykdiI

Part 2:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AEDB9cpaRY

The music heard on this episode was performed by Amarillis, and Les Muffatti.

Music Heard On This Episode

Johann Christoph Pez: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Chaconne
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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Johann Christoph Pez: Concerto Grosso in G minor, Chaconne
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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Giuseppe Maria Jacchini: Sonata in A minor
Maryseult Wieczorek, soprano, and Amarillis (Héloïse Gaillard, recorder and oboe, Ophélie Gaillard, cello, and Violaine Cochard, harpsichord) — Europe Baroque: Furioso ma non troppo (Naïve, 2007)
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Johann Christoph Pez: Concert Pastoral in D major (R.16), Pastorella
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C minor for violoncello, strings and continuo, RV401, I.Allegro
Amarillis (Héloïse Gaillard, recorder and oboe, Ophélie Gaillard, cello, and Violaine Cochard, harpsichord) — Europe Baroque: Concerti per flauto e per violoncello (Naïve, 2007)
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Johann Christoph Pez: Concert Pastoral in D major (R.16), Allegro—Largo/Adagio—Allegro
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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George Frideric Handel: Sonata in C minor for oboe and basso continuo, HWV 366, Largo, Allegro, Adagio, and Bourré angloise
Amarillis (Héloïse Gaillard, recorder and oboe, Ophélie Gaillard, cello, and Violaine Cochard, harpsichord) — Europe Baroque: Recorder and Oboe Sonatas (Naïve, 2007)
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Johann Christoph Pez: Concert Pastoral in D major (R.16), Andante
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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Michel de La Barre: Suite no. 9, Sonata l’Inconnüe, in G major for voice flute and basso continuo (Premier movement, Vivement, and Chaconne)
Amarillis (Héloïse Gaillard, recorder and oboe, Ophélie Gaillard, cello, and Violaine Cochard, harpsichord), with Anne-Marie Lasla, viola da gamba — Europe Baroque: Jeux de dames à la Cour (Naïve , 2007)
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Johann Christoph Pez: Sonata/Concert Simphonia in G major (R.11)
Les Muffatti/Peter van Heyghen — Ouvertures and Concerti (Ramée, 2007)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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