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July 21, 2017 at Wigmore Hall in London.


Arcangelo’s final concert as Wigmore Hall’s Baroque Ensemble in Residence closes with a dramatic invocation of post-war peace by Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, the musician who introduced the double bass to the Paris Opéra orchestra, in a programme featuring exciting soloist Sophie Junker (soprano).

Two sonatas from François Couperin’s ambitious portrait of four Catholic nations underline the inventive wealth of French music during the early 1700s.

Having recently recorded the apotheoses de Lulli and de Corelli, mini episodes of imaginative descriptions of them, Arcangelo presents here an extended programme that includes Les Nations, also a descriptive trio sonata collection, of the different nations of the world.


Louis Nicolas Clérambault (1676 – 1749):
Léandre et Héro (20’), with soprano soloist Sophie Junker
François Couperin (1668-1733):
Les Nations – La Françoise (23’)
François Couperin:
Les Nations – L’impériale (30’)
Michel de Montéclair (1667-1737):
Le retour de la paix (15’)

Soprano soloist: Sophie Junker
Violins: Sophie Gent, Bojan Čičič
Gamba: Jonathan Manson
Flute: Georgia Browne
Harpsichord: Jonathan Cohen

Wigmore Hall booking opened on Thursday 12 January for Friends, and Tuesday 19 January for Mailing List Subscribers. Booking opened to the General Public on Tuesday 7 February.

Address: 36 Wigmore Street, London
Couperin, Montéclair and Clérambault, with Sophie Junker

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