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Amour & Mascarade

Purcell and Italy


Joined by Patricia Petibon and Jean-François Novelli, Amarillis presents a rich dialogue between Purcell and Italy. Conceived in one piece, the programme of Amour & Mascarade marries the descriptive verve of the English mascarade, the elegiac beauty of Purcell’s laments, and the luxurious creativity of Mancini’s cantata and Frescobaldi’s canzoni. This is the second recording of the young trio, whose musical selection is, again, both heartfelt and masterful.


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What the press says

Classica { 2000 }
"There is no choice but to agree that on this second CD (the same programme won them the Public Prize and the Gustav Leonhardt Prize in the Sinfonia Competition) the Amarillis Ensemble has lost none of its freshness and talent: these qualities are fully confirmed. Héloïse Gaillard’s performance as a recorder player and oboist is bound to create some jealousy, but who are we to complain? In this well constructed programme of Italian and English music of the seventeenth century, these young musicians show great maturity."
Diapason { 2000 }
"The quality of the performance of Amarillis and their accomplices is beyond doubt. [...]"
Répertoire { 2000 }
"In “Amour & Mascarade” the members of the Amarillis Ensemble show the same virtuosity and the same instrumental skill as in their previous recording."
Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace { 2000 }
"It is lively and fresh, tender and sometimes gripping. We find brilliance but also the expected intimacy, as well as intensity and lightness."
La Libre Belgique { 2000 }
"Let us mention the very impressive Amarillis, a French ensemble, invigorating, and with an elegant, suave sound."



Héloïse Gaillard recorders, baroque oboe

Violaine Cochard harpsichord and positive organ

Ophélie Gaillard cello

Richard Myron double bass


Patricia Petibon soprano

Jean-François Novelli tenor