Madame d'amours is an enchanting and pleasingly varied collection of pieces performed for flute consort by The Attaignant Consort. The Consort was founded in 1998 by four graduates (from Australia, France, the Netherlands and Italy) of the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Having studied historical flute performance practice under Barthold Kuijken and/or Wilbert Hazelzet, these experts (they also work with such renowned groups as Les Musiciens du Louvre, Freiburger Barockorchester and Musica Antiqua Köln – amongst others) also pursue their passion for the sound world of the Renaissance flute in collaboration with Italian flute maker, Giovanni Tardino. The premise of all concerned is that such consort music aspired to a closeness to the patterns and intonations of the human voice. This was (and is, here) achieved by careful attention to instrumental articulation, expressiveness and dynamic shading. The Attaignant Consort likes to play with facsimiles of the original parts in preference to scores; and from memory whenever possible. For this recording the Consort is joined by harpist Marta Graziolino, lutanist Nigel North and flautist Mathieu Langlois.
Giampaolo Pretto is the main conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, in Italy from 2016, and has been coach conductor of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Fiesole from 2012 until 2018. As a conductor whose career is constantly increasing, he always aimed to face the most different repertoire and he choose from the beginning to cope with the more different styles and composers, from classic up to contemporary music. He closed the 2015 season of Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari performing Ravel, Battistelli, Stravinsky and Copland, while opening the 2015-16 Season of OFT in Torino with Mahler’s IX. He conducted the italian première of the Bach/Stravinsky "Four préludes and fugue for chamber orchestra", together with Paganiniana di Casella, at the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto; Brahms Serenade op. 11 in Tbilisi and in Italy during the georgian orchestra Paliashvili tour ; Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Florence with the Orchestra V. Galilei.
Ransom Wilson has long been recognized internationally as one of the greatest flutists of his generation. After graduation from the Juilliard School in 1973, he spent a year in Paris as a private student of Jean-Pierre Rampal. In 1976 he gave his official debut concert in New York City, with Rampal as his guest artist. An exclusive recording contract with Angel/EMI followed soon thereafter, along with extensive performances all over the world.