Élodie Bouchard & Anthony Harvey
Ha! compagnons takes the listener back to a time when the voice and the lute were the true companions in the quest for poetic and musical expression. In exploring this fruitful partnership, Canadian soprano Élodie Bouchard and American lutenist Anthony Harvey offer vivid and colourful interpretations of air de cour, ayres and monodies by 17th-century composers Giulio Caccini, Thomas Campion, Sigismondo d’India, Claudio Monteverdi and Etienne Moulinié.
This project introduces the listener to the pivotal period between Renaissance and Baroque when composers united in the desire for clarity of sung lyrics. Voice and lute then became an essential duo whose intimate character perfectly matched the needs at the different courts throughout Europe. This symbiosis can be heard in the air de cour and ayres of France and England, whereas in Italy it is rather the genre of accompanied monody which prevailed over the national soundscape and later lead to the development of the first operas. The pieces on the album share the timeless theme of love in all of its different shades, rounded up by the ultimate drinking song that lends its title to the project: “For us, Ha! compagnons illustrates not only the historical camaraderie of voice and lute, but also the collaborative aspect of many companions making this release possible” explains Élodie Bouchard.
Blu-ray Pure Audio Formats
- Hi-Res Stereo, 24 bit 96 kHz
- 9.1 Auro-3D & 5.1 Surround, 24 bit 96 kHz
- Dolby Atmos, 48 kHz
- Binaural (for Headphones), 24 bit 96 kHz
- mShuttle: Stereo & Binaural flac
Additional Features (Deluxe Set)
- CD Track 1-11: Stereo 16 bit 44.1 kHz
- CD Track 12-22: Binaural 16 bit 44.1 kHz
- 40-page Booklet in French and English