Christophe Rousset – Armand-Louis Couperin: Pieces de Clavecin (2020) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Christophe Rousset – Armand-Louis Couperin: Pièces de Clavecin (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:40:33 minutes | 2,02 GB | Genre: Classical
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Armand-Louis Couperin – François Couperin (“le Grand”) was his father’s cousin – was regarded as one of the finest musicians of his time, and his compositions, though little known today, provide us with precious evidence of the brilliance of the French harpsichord school and the skills of one of its most virtuosic representatives. Sensuous and very original, his Pièces de clavecin are played here by Christophe Rousset on a period instrument by Goujon, now in the Musée de la musique in Paris.

Armand-Louis Couperin was a much younger cousin of François Couperin, born in 1727. By the time these harpsichord pieces were published around 1750, new musical currents were in the air, even in France, and Armand-Louis had the bad fortune to be one of the first composers killed in a traffic crash. He was all but forgotten for 200 years, but he has received attention lately from various harpsichordists. None has had quite the charisma of the great Christophe Rousset, whose attentions here may well propel this music back into the harpsichord repertory. Couperin’s pieces have the same kind of descriptive titles familiar from the several preceding generations of French harpsichord music, but to portray him as a conservative hopelessly out of touch with trends in the middle 18th century is inaccurate. Listen to the second movement of the suite Les Quatres Nations, titled “L’Angloise,” with its Alberti bass. There are many other broken-chord figurations uncharacteristic of the High Baroque French style or even of Rameau, and some pieces here might be taken for Domenico Scarlatti. Others might be called fusions of Scarlatti and François Couperin. This is an exciting prospect, and it is this fusion, this balance of elements, that is the genius of Rousset’s playing. He loses neither the melodic element nor the brilliant ornamentation, and the result is compelling music that will be new to many listeners. One can’t ask for much more than that.

Tracklist:
1. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: I. La Victoire (06:09)
2. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: II. Allemande (07:26)
3. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: III. Courante. La de Croissy (04:52)
4. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: IV. Les Cacqueteuses (02:49)
5. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: V. La Grégoire (04:31)
6. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: VI. L’Intrépide (02:07)
7. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: VII. Menuets (03:11)
8. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: VIII. L’Arlequine ou la Adam (02:32)
9. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: IX. La Blanchet (03:20)
10. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: X. La de Boisgelou (04:16)
11. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: XI. La Foucquet (02:43)
12. Pièces de clavecin en Sol: XII. La Sémillante ou la Joly (05:37)
13. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: I. La Turpin (05:19)
14. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: II. Gavottes (04:17)
15. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: III. Menuets (02:01)
16. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: IV. La du Breüil (03:33)
17. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: V. La Chéron (03:04)
18. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: VI. L’Affligée (09:09)
19. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: VII. . L’Enjouée (02:55)
20. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: VIII. Les Tendres Sentimens (03:32)
21. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol: IX. Rondeau gracieux (02:37)
22. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol, Les Quatre Nations: I. L’Italienne (04:20)
23. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol, Les Quatre Nations: II. L’Angloise (02:20)
24. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol, Les Quatre Nations: III. L’Allemande (03:46)
25. Pièces de clavecin en Si Bémol, Les Quatre Nations: IV. La Françoise (04:07)

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