Like his La Barsan and Suite évreuxienne trios (also available on the ARS website) the composer's A Royal Concert, based on François Couperin's second suite in Les Gouts réunis, applies a modern patina to a product of 18th-century France as Darius Milhaud does in his Suite d'après [Michel] Corrette (oboe, clarinet, bassoon). Players adept at the French baroque style can readily undertake this setting. Duration: 15:00
On the accompanying recording are the composer (S), Anne Massicotte (A), and Scott Paterson (B).
-- Anthony St. Pierre
Fans of French Baroque music will relish this trio, highly influenced by François Couperin yet original in its own right. Technical difficulties include the ornaments, projecting the French affect in playing, and some tight weaving of the parts in the fast movements. The interplay between the three parts is exquisite, and playing through this suite will provide a full afternoon’s entertainment. For a listen to the real Concert Royal #2 that inspired this suite, start here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0_Fo4gARtw