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I was fortunate to be at the Wigmore Hall performance of this disc’s programme by the same artists, given the day before the recording sessions started, and I’m happy to say that my glowing review of the live experience holds true for the CD. Carolyn Sampson is perhaps this country’s leading singer of French baroque repertoire, and in Marianne Beate Kielland she has the ideal partner: the two voices weave around and respond to one another with subtlety and flexibility, and the instrumental playing is no less accomplished. Susanne Heinrich’s viol solos in ‘Marais’ and ‘Sainte-Colombe’ are perfect counterweights to Couperin’s sublime vocal writing, of which the lesser-known ‘Motet pour le jour de Pâques’, in particular, is a real delight.

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