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Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin, The Complete Harpsichord Works Box set, Import


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Hailed for his revelatory account of Bach s Well-Tempered Clavier (The New York Times), Richard Egarr turns to one of the least-known and most entrancing collections in the repertory for solo harpsichord. This complete recording of the works for solo keyboard by Louis Couperin (c.1626-1661) revels in the music s rich harmonic and contrapuntal textures, which are marked by a poignant use of dissonance. None of Couperin s music was published during his lifetime, but manuscript copies of some 200 pieces survive, some of them only rediscovered in the mid-20th century. The first historically important member of the Couperin family, Louis Couperin made seminal contributions to the development of both the French organ school and French harpsichord school. His innovations included composing organ pieces for specific registrations and inventing the genre of the unmeasured prelude for harpsichord, for which he devised a special type of notation.

Disc: 1
1. 10. Prelude (I. Suite in C major)
2. 15. Allemande
3. 16. Courante
4. 18. Courante
5. 20. Sarabande
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Disc: 2
1. 1. Prelude (VI. Suite in D minor)
2. 35. Allemande
3. 37. Pieces de trois sortes de mouvements
4. 38. Courante
5. 42. Courante
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Disc: 3
1. 13. Prelude (X. Suite in F major)
2. 67. Allemande grave
3. 68. Courante
4. 69. Courante
5. 70. Courante
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Disc: 4
1. 6. Prelude a l'imitation de Mr. Froberger (XVI. Suite in A minor)
2. 100. Allemande
3. 104. Courante
4. 106. Courante
5. 109. Sarabande
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Product Details

  • Performer: Richard Egarr
  • Composer: Louis Couperin
  • Audio CD (August 9, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B00506PH9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Top performance by a specialist of this instrument.
Franco Marucci
The booklet contains music notes written by Richard Egarr and some fine photographs.
Bjorn Viberg
This is an outstanding set in my view, and very, very warmly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Midgley on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This 4-disc set brings us the complete harpsichord music of Louis Couperin. It's an ambitious undertaking by Richard Egarr and Harmonia Mundi, some of which may well come as a revelation even to baroque fans already familiar with the music of the period. In his booklet notes Mr. Egarr makes bold claims for the quality of the music and for Louis Couperin's place in keyboard history - claims which, I suspect, you will readily swallow only if you've never heard of Byrd, Sweelinck, Cabezón, D'Anglebert, Handel or Louis' nephew François, let alone JSB. That is, until you've heard these discs - because, as very soon becomes evident, this is imaginative, original and deeply thoughtful music and, especially as performed here by Richard Egarr, a delight to both ear and spirit.

The 140 or so pieces left by Louis can be arranged into suites at the player's discretion and this is what Egarr has done, resulting here in around twenty suites - in the French style, obviously. Typically, each one opens with a free-ranging Prélude, followed by a number of dance movements such as allemande, courante and sarabande and often ending with a chaconne or passacaille. But make no mistake, in no way is this music routine, formulaic or predictable. A sampling of the very first suite on CD 1, in C major, will be enough to reveal the qualities of both Couperin's music and Egarr's performance - from the opening Prélude, played with insight, freedom and delicacy, and through the various dance movements, the music is touching, contemplative, imbued with deep inner thought and feeling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 10, 2012
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This is a terrific recording of the whole of Louis Couperin's output for keyboard. It is wonderful music which has been somewhat unfairly overshadowed by that of his nephew, Francois. The pieces here have been arranged into the form of suites by Richard Egarr and form a delightful and very rewarding programme. It is some of the best and most inventive keyboard music of the 17th Century, and Richard Egarr does it proud.

Egarr is now well established as a giant of baroque performance as a conductor, in his wonderful partnership with Andrew Manze and as a keyboard player in his own right. This will only enhance his reputation: his playing is controlled, elegant and full of thought and insight. His ornamentation is perfectly judged and the whole effect is wonderful. It is helped by his careful choice of instruments of which he uses two here, both plucked by quills. Egarr explains in his excellent notes that quill is "so much more sensitive, flexible and musical," and you can hear this here. The effect is to make the instruments sound rich and often delicate - qualities not always evident in harpsichords. The sound is beautifully captured by Harmonia Mundi's recording.

I have a much-loved set of these works by the great Davitt Moroney, and this is at least its equal - I may even prefer it. This is an outstanding set in my view, and very, very warmly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on June 21, 2013
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Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin is a 2011 Harmonia Mundi recording starring Richard Egarr on the harpsichord as he plays the music of Louis Couperin. It was the first time that I had ever heard of Louis Couperin as one usually thinks of the Couperin connected with the name Francois Couperin. The performance by Richard Egarr is nothing short of stupendous. The booklet contains music notes written by Richard Egarr and some fine photographs. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Davies on July 26, 2013
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This is a welcome addition to the catalogue of LC's complete keyboard works. Overall I still prefer Moroney's now deleted set. Moroney plays the courantes with perfect tempo and a superlative fingering technique, whereas Egarr excels in the slower chaconnes. Put together both issues represent the best of LC's recorded work.
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