Thomas-Louis Bourgeois (1676–1751) is one of the masters of the French chamber cantata at the time of the Régence, when – at last – it was permissible to introduce Italian influences openly in France. His imaginative music, as elegant as it is compositionally skillful, forms a welcome complement to the works of contemporaries such as Campra or Rameau who are infinitely better known today. Carolyn Sampson and Le Concert Lorrain revive for us the charming insouciance of the Régence.
Guy Engels - Pizzicato magazine - November 2012
Music **** Sound ****
Bjørn Woll - Fono Forum magazine - November 2012
Performance ***** Recording *****
"...These excellently recorded performances display enormous expertise. accompanying bass parts are superbly characterised and the continuo group, comprising lute and harpsichord, is always compellingly alert. But all this virtue would be nothing without Carolyn Sampson’s magnificent singing.... Crucially, she understand the scale of these pieces: hers are not grand-standing operatic performances; they show true respect for the chamber-like nature of these delightful cantatas."
Jan Smaczny - BBC Music magazine - November 2012
"...Sampson is consistently excellent throughout this disc... Highly recommended." - Lynn René Bayley
"...What makes all this come to life is the integration of Sampson’s clear and flaxible voice with the deft and precise accompaniment of Le Concert Lorrain. There are extremely well-performed ornaments, and excellent intonation and flexible tempos all around... in short, this is an outstanding disc ... you simply must get this disc." - Bertil van Boer
Fanfare - September/October 2012