La Donna Musicale's newest CD departs from the sacred theme of our previous releases as we explore the decidedly secular contribution of Parisian women to the French Baroque and Rococo genres of the airs sérieux and airs à boire (serious and drinking songs). These song forms celebrate passionate longing and dissolute intoxication. Julie Pinel (fl. 1737) is our featured composer, and we include several selections from her 1737 publication Nouveau recueil d'airs. Music composed by unknown Parisian women and by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre is included as well. This CD recreates the luxuriant environment of an intimate Parisian salon, replete with the sounds of voices in solo, duo, and trio settings, with flute accompaniment and supported by the captivating tones of the theorbo, baroque harp, harpsichord, and viola da gamba. Performers: Sherezade Panthaki, Yulia Van Doren, sopranos; Lydia H. Knutson, Daniela Tosic, mezzo-sopranos; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; David Olsen, bass; Justin Godoy, recorder; Na'ama Lion, baroque flute; Cécile Garcia-Moeller, violin; Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, harp; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Noriko Yasuda, harpsichord; Ruth McKay, organ, harpsichord; Laury Gutiérrez, viola da gamba, director "Hardly any other ensemble in the world is so distinguished by both scholarly research and performance." -- Radcliffe Institute 'Kudos to La Donna Musicale as they champion the unheard music of women composers of the distant past.' -- Early Music America.