Les Surprises: Baroque Christmas around the World

Baroque Christmas around the World Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas St John’s, Smith Square. 18 December 2018 I have reviewed the French group Les Surprises several times on CD, and in concerts during festivals in France, but this was their first visit to the UK. Their well-chosen sequence of music was from the Baroque … Continue reading Les Surprises: Baroque Christmas around the World


Mysterien-Kantaten Ensemble Les Surprises Ambronay Editions AMY051. 58’16 Music by Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Bernhard, Scheidemann, Reincken Taking its title from Biber’s Mystery Sonatas (although not actually including any of those pieces), this recording from Les Surprises delves into the mysteries of life and death with an exploration of late 17th-century North German sacred cantatas of Buxtehude, Bruhns … Continue reading Mysterien-Kantaten

Bach Inspiration

Bach Inspiration Juliette Hurel, flute, Maïlys de Villoutreys, soprano, Alice Julien-Laderriere, violin Ensemble Les Surprises, Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas Alpha Classics/Outhere, ALPHA 358. 67’31 Although usually outnumbered by the violin and oboe as a solo instrument, JS Bach made use of the solo flute and recorder in many of his pieces, using the recorder more often … Continue reading Bach Inspiration

Bach and Friends

Bach and Friends Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas Ambronay AMY048. 79’54 Music by Böhm, Buxtehude, J. C. F. Fischer, Georg Muffat, Pachelbel, and Scheidemann Ambronay Editions continue their support for younger musicians with a first recording by the organist, harpsichordist and musical director Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas. I have previously reviewed him (here) as the director of … Continue reading Bach and Friends