Rameau: Pièces de clavecin

Floral design

Céline Frisch harpsichord
Alpha 324
Suites in a (1706), e (1724-31) and G (1728)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is a re-issue of a recording from 2007. The instrument is a truly splendid Hemsch (1751) which may well have been played by Rameau himself. It is so resonant that the player modified her planned tempi for the recording, meaning that some repeats had to be omitted. (Personally, I’d prefer fewer, but complete, pieces.) This may also be why some of her tempi, particularly those in the moderato/andante zone struck me as a little on the spacious side. The packaging is a basic cardboard sleeve, from which the booklet and disc have to be removed with some care.

David Hansell