I was very excited about this double concert. As you might already know I love French baroque and there are not many changes of seeing this repertoire in London. The first concert worked as an introduction to Couperin music: one concert from Les Goûts-réunis, three airs, some fragments from the 2nd book of Pièces de clavecin and finally another concert from Concerts royaux. The ensemble was minimal: violin, gamba and Rousset conducting from the harpsichord.
This concert was problematic. The initial part was comprised of early baroque French music for viol played beautifully by Hile Perl with Lee Santana at the theorbo. Perl playing was not on the most common French viola da gamba tradition (like Savall or Pandolfo) but more in Enlish clean style, with no so misty articulations and dynamics. It was a very interesting approach. However at the middle of the recital Lee Santana took the electric guitar to switch to contemporary repertoire.