Rameau: Pièces de clavecin en concerts

Floral design

Korneel Bernolet, Apotheosis

Et’cetera KTC 1523

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t may not bother others, but for my taste these performances tinker too much with Rameau’s instrumentation to earn a recommendation. Yes, I know that alternatives are offered by the composer but I find it ineffective and fussy to change instrumentation between the movements of a concert, let alone within them. And while there’s no reason not to transcribe other Rameau movements for these forces please present these movements as a discrete suite. Had J-P wanted the second concert  to start with an overture he’d have written one. There are some nice touches in the interpretations but I’m afraid I may have been too irritated to notice them all. The booklet does not include a track list.

David Hansell