For the NYC performance, Jean Rondeau sat at a French double by David J. Way (1987) and opened the recital not with the famous Aria but with an apparently improvised prelude, which had the character of a prélude non mesuré from an earlier generation of clavecinistes. But then the Aria arrived, first with the standard ornamentation, then with more ornaments on the repeats, all done with skill and taste. The thirty variations that followed were impeccably rendered, by turns dazzling and sensuous...
... that three international Early Music luminaries are performing at month's-end at Capriccio & Opera Lafayette.
Capriccio has joined with Opera Lafayette in offering music-lovers two very different & tantalizing opportunities in which to hear Harpsichordist JEAN RONDEAU; lutenist THOMAS DUNFORD; & mezzo-soprano LEA DESANDRE.