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Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades

Music of Henry Purcell and the French Baroque on the ATMA Classique label.

Karina Gauvin

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Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin.

Henry Purcell

Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin is known for her incredible versatility, exploring music from the Baroque all the way through the 20th Century. Her recordings of Baroque repertoire reveal a sensitive musician with a flair for elegance and drama.

Gauvin’s 2005 ATMA release of works by Henry Purcell is a perfect example. In collaboration with the Montreal-based ensemble Les Boréades, the performance glows with energy and speaks vibrantly.

Henry Purcell: “Now the night is chac’d away”
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/Francis Colpron — Henry Purcell (ATMA, 2006)
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Karina Gauvin’s first ATMA recording with Les Boréades was devoted to the French Baroque, including cantatas and dance suites by Michel Corrette, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and Nicolas Clérambault.

Most of the pieces have been recorded in the past, yet Gauvin and the ensemble discover something new to say, drawing out the music’s essence and giving us a window into the French salon of the mid-18th Century.

Nicolas Clérambault: Cantata, “Orphée,” Air Gai
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/ Francis Colpron — Hyver (ATMA, 2005)
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Henry Purcell: “Now the night is chac’d away”
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/Francis Colpron — Henry Purcell (ATMA, 2006)
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Henry Purcell: Chaconne from “King Arthur”
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/Francis Colpron — Henry Purcell (ATMA, 2006)
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Nicolas Clérambault: Cantata, “Orphée,” Air Gai
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/ Francis Colpron — Hyver (ATMA, 2005)
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Joseph Bodin de Boismortier: Ouverture et Suite, “Don Quichotte...,” Tambourins
Karina Gauvin and Les Boréades/ Francis Colpron — Hyver (ATMA, 2005)
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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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  • Gbach

    Too much vibrato for Purcell

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