Amour Cruel

ATMA (ACD 2 2216)
French Airs de cour (Lambert, Le Camus) and Concerts by Sainte-Colombe

Accompanied on the lute or the theorbo, the court song (air de cour), or at least the serious song (air sérieux) was the favoured channel throughout the 17th century to express the refinements of the soul. The serious song sets to music a gallant, elegiac, plaintive, spiritual or mildly erotic poem; its expression is elegant, fresh and intimate, and the lilt of the prosody guides its rhythm. Several dozen authors, most of whom remained anonymous were put to use in the course of the 17th century. Sébastien Le Camus was unquestionably among the most prolific composers of court song; he was also a virtuoso gamba player as well as theorbo player. Michel Lambert was the exact contemporary of Le Camus. Having set to music a few dozen ‘précieux’ poets, he left nearly 300 court songs.

Suzie Leblanc, soprano
Susie Napper & Margaret Little, violas da gamba
Stephen Stubbs, lute and theorbo

Opus award 2001 Disc of the year (Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music)

Available at Atma Classique

Excerpt: “Amour, cruel Amour” by Sébastien Le Camus