les baricades mistérieuses

Chaconnes, Passacaglias, Rondos and Folias.  [Release date: April 2008]


COMPOSER: François Couperin (1668-1733), Ennemond Gaultier (1575-1651), Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)

RELEASE DATE: April 2008

FORMAT: 1 CD Jewelcase

CAT. NUMBER: 93701

EAN CODE: 5028421937014

11C/13C BAROQUE LUTE: Miguel Yisrael



about this release

Paris in the early 18th century was shaking off the strict regime of the Sun King Louis XIV. All of the moral codes and laws associated with the latter years of his reign were cast aside, much to the joy of Parisians - especially the artistic fraternity.

Artists from all over Europe flocked to the city to take advantage of the new easy going regime of the regent Duke of Orleans - the heir, Louis XV being too young to rule.

The 'French School' of music flourished, and the leading light among composers was François Couperin, the newly appointed harpsichordist to the Royal Chamber. One of the works composed at this time was his 'Second Book for the Harpsichord'. It included a rondo with the enigmatic title 'Les Baricades Mistérieuses', based closely on a lute piece by Ennemond Gaultier 'La Cascade'. The inclusion of both works on this CD neatly illustrates the close bond between lutenists and harpsichordists in the baroque period. Both instruments are plucked, and the great harpsichord composers were always aware of the great legacy of the lute, both in terms of its repertoire and the inspiration they could acquire from its practitioners.

Enter the Silesian Silvius Leopold Weiss, friend of Johann Sebastian Bach, and the greatest lutenist of all time. His works on this CD pay a direct homage to Couperin. The title 'Les Baricades Mistérieuses' refers to the 'mystery' of wooing a girl. The fluttering of her eyelashes - eyelashes being the barricades, which protect the windows of the soul, or, depending on if the wooer was lucky or not in the art of love, the treacherous mirrors that are the eyes!

further information

  • New recording from 2008
  • Extensive booklet notes.
  • Yisrael is an acknowledged expert on the baroque lute and has written a major treatise on the instrument.



David Kellner (1670–1748)

Chaconne, in A Major - 11:28

Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750)

Prelude, in D Major - 02:58
Passacaglia, in D Major - 06:24

François Couperin (1668-1733)

Les Baricades Mistérieuses: Rondo, in B Flat Major - 06:39

Jacques de Saint-Luc (1616–1708)

Entrée, in G Major - 01:09
Chaconne, in G Major - 04:58

Ennemond Gaultier (1575-1651)

La Cascade: Chaconne, in F Major - 11:46

Jacques Gallot (- 1685)

Prelude, in A Minor - 04:42
Les Folies d'Espagne, in A Minor - 05:03


Total timing: 55'04