Rameau: Complete Solo Keyboard Works

Floral design

Steven Devine harpsichord
219:39 (3 CDs in a card triptych)
resonus RES 10214

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he first two discs of this comprehensive survey of Rameau’s keyboard oeuvre were released in the anniversary year 2014 to great acclaim. Here they are joined by a volume of transcriptions which, unusually for ‘complete Rameau’ collections, includes the lengthy suite from Les Indes Galantes. These movements have not always been accepted by players as genuine keyboard music, but Devine certainly makes an eloquent case (with help from Robin Bigwood in the three-hand pieces). His general approach inclines towards the thoughtful and restrained which is a welcome contrast to those virtuosos who set out to demonstrate that they are exactly that. Certainly, it seemed very suitable that the final volume ends not with the quite extraordinary La Dauphine  but with Devine’s own transcription of the delicate Air pour Zéphire, played on the 4’ stop alone to mirror the piccolo of the original. There is a substantial introduction to the music (though in English only). However, the star that might have been withheld for this is re-instated as an acknowledgement of a rare outing for tempérament ordinaire!

David HansellBrian Clark

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