Couperin: Pièces de clavecin

Floral design

Aurélien Delage
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[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne can understand why recitalists and recording artists ‘cherry pick’ from the voluminous repertoire produced by the great claveçinistes. But when they don’t I always feel that both the cherries and the surrounding bowl gain even greater lustre. Add a recitalist who is clearly enjoying himself and you have a winning mixture. This is one of those programmes in which everything just feels ‘right’ – programme, tempi, ornaments, sonorities etc.. I especially appreciated the addition of preludes from L’Art de toucher…  before the first two ordres. The booklet (notes Eng/Fre/Ger, biography Eng/Fre) does the job without fuss or particular glory. It’s not exactly seasonal, but this was nevertheless a rewarding listen.

David Hansell