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La saison des amours

Light, refined, courteous and sometimes just a trifle serious, the French court aria ("air de cour") was a popular art form during the 17th century, created for the intimate atmosphere of the "salons" where the art of conversation, poetry and music took centre stage. This intimacy is especially palpable in "Scherzi Musicali", a piece for two voices and lute. It leads us to the world of deserted woods where herdsmen and women fall in love with one another, are unfaithful and then lament about it...