Stéphane Béchy – D’Agincour: Pièces de clavecin, 1733 – Vol. 1 (2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Stéphane Béchy – D’Agincour: Pièces de clavecin, 1733 – Vol. 1 (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 55:01 minutes | 619 MB | Genre: Classical
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An organist at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles alongside François Couperin, François d’Agincour rubbed shoulders with the likes of Scarlatti, Bach, Handel and Rameau. Lesser known than his famous counterparts, this Normandy-born musician, who later moved to Paris, never created any operas or grandiose motets that could have established him as one of the greats in the musical hall of fame. Instead, he left behind a collection of organ pieces that has yet to be published, a few arias and this beautiful Livre de Pièces de clavecin from 1733 that was dedicated to Queen Marie Leszczinska, the wife of Louis XV… which is just glorious.

In the style of François Couperin, this collection is divided into “orders” (not “parts” or “suites”), and piqued the interest of organist and harpsichordist, Stéphane Béchy. A native of Normandy himself, he has directed the Conservatoire et l’Orchestre de Caen and founded the International Organ Festival in 2000. He is the head organist at Saint-Merry in Paris and a pupil of Marie-Claire Alain, Olivier Baumont and Davitt Moroney. He is also the director and founder of La Dive Musique, a baroque music festival in the Rabelaisian highlands near Seuilly.

In this first volume, which was intimately recorded in 2018 in a small rural church in La Sagne (Switzerland), Stéphane Béchy delightfully recreates the tenderness and melancholy of the 17th century on a harpsichord. The instrument was built in Switzerland by Frédéric Jean-Mairet in 2003, based on a model by Jean-Henri Hemsch, and the soundboard was also painted with 17th century designs. This album is proof that music’s long history is dotted with a number of talented, even genius, creators whose work has been lost to time… thank god we have musicians like Stéphane Béchy to show us what we’ve been missing. – François Hudry

1-01. Stéphane Béchy – II. Allemande La Couronne (05:08)
1-02. Stéphane Béchy – I. Allemande La Sincopée (04:12)
1-03. Stéphane Béchy – III. Courante (02:30)
1-04. Stéphane Béchy – IV. Sarabande La Magnifique (Lentement) (02:49)
1-05. Stéphane Béchy – V. Le Pattelin, rondeau (01:40)
1-06. Stéphane Béchy – VI. Gigue La Bléville (Légèrement) (02:17)
1-07. Stéphane Béchy – VII. La Sensible, rondeau (Lentement et coulamment) (03:34)
1-08. Stéphane Béchy – VIII. Les Dances Provençales (03:01)
1-09. Stéphane Béchy – IX. La Caressante (Tendrement) (02:46)
1-10. Stéphane Béchy – X. La Sautillante (00:47)
1-11. Stéphane Béchy – XI. Menuet (Gracieusement) – XII. Double du Menuet Précédant (01:28)
1-12. Stéphane Béchy – XIII. Autre (Menuet) (00:49)
1-13. Stéphane Béchy – I. La Pigou (Modérément) (03:35)
1-14. Stéphane Béchy – II. Le Colin-Maillard, rondeau (01:49)
1-15. Stéphane Béchy – III. La Pressante Angélique, rondeau (Affectueusement) (03:12)
1-16. Stéphane Béchy – IV. Le Précieux, rondeau (Tendrement) (03:02)
1-17. Stéphane Béchy – V. Les deux Cousines (05:36)
1-18. Stéphane Béchy – VI. Menuet (00:45)
1-19. Stéphane Béchy – VII. Chaconne La Sonning (Sans lenteur) (05:56)


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