Saturday, November 14, 2015


After a week of barbarisms from within and without I can't summon the necessary objectivity to write one of my usual posts. Instead, let's listen to some music to remind us of France in other, less fraught times. This is Paavo Jarvi (conductor) Chen Reiss (soprano) and Matthias Coerne (baritone) with the Orchestre de Paris performing the Requiem by Fauré:

This is Montserrat Figueras and Maria Cristina Kiehr with Conductor & soloist: Jordi Savall and Le Concert Des Nations performing the Troisième Leçon De Ténèbres À 2 Voix by François Couperin:

This is Gustav Leonhardt performing the Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher by Louis Couperin:

And finally, something that may be more immediately relevant. The original title of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, was "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin" composed in 1792:

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