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Armand-Louis, François & Louis Couperin: Pièces de clavecin

Gustav Leonhardt

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Recorded in the pretty old town of Haarlem in the Netherlands in May 1987, this album, dedicated to the Couperin dynasty (of Louis, François and Louis-Armand) is like a distillation of a whole life's worth of practice and reflections on the French music of the 17th century that Leonhardt so loved. In it, we find the great harpsichordist's sobriety, his way of deploying his immense erudition and his own Dutch heritage, which bring to the music an almost monastic inwardness. But for all his intimate knowledge of the music and the wisdom of his years, Gustav Leonhardt seems here to let himself go with joyful abandon, setting the keys alight with his liberty and refinement.
The programme is like a meditation on solitude, from Louis Couperin's austere Suite in D Minor to Louis-Armand's gallant pieces, via the Preludes from L’Art de toucher le clavecin by the great François. The impressive calm of Dodo ou L’Amour au berceau, the graceful effervescence of L’Évaporée, the elegance of La Princesse de Chabeuil and the joyous final pirouette of L’Arlequine are all spirited flights that reaffirm the Dutch harpsichordist's pre-eminent position in the heart of the baroque musical movement. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Gustav Leonhardt

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Pièces de clavecin, Suite in D minor (Louis Couperin)

1
1. Prélude
00:05:52

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

2
2. Allemande
00:03:18

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

3
3. Courante
00:01:12

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

4
4. Courante
00:01:25

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

5
5. Sarabande
00:01:53

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

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6. Sarabande
00:02:02

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

7
7. La pastorella
00:01:30

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

8
8. Chaconne
00:03:07

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

L'Art de toucher le clavecin (François Couperin le Grand)

9
Premier prélude (C major)
00:01:10

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

10
Second prélude (D minor)
00:01:38

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

11
Troisième prèlude (G minor)
00:00:50

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

12
Quatrième prélude (F major)
00:01:34

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

13
Cinquème prélude (A major)
00:02:37

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

14
Sixième prélude (B minor)
00:01:31

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

15
Septième prélude (B flat major)
00:02:34

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

16
Huitième prélude (E minor)
00:01:23

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

Pièces de clavecin - Troisième livre / 15e ordre (François Couperin le Grand)

17
La régente ou la Minerve
00:05:07

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

18
Le dodo ou L'amour au berçeau
00:03:52

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

19
L'evaporée
00:01:46

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

20
La douce et piquante
00:02:59

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

21
Les vergers fleüris
00:03:34

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

22
La Princess de Chabeüil ou La Muse de Monaco
00:02:49

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - François Couperin Le Grand, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

Pièces de clavecin (Armand-Louis Couperin)

23
6. L'Intrépide
00:02:00

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

24
24. Rondeau gracieux
00:02:48

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

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9. L'Arlequine ou la Adam
00:02:23

Gustav Leonhardt, Harpsichord, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Armand Louis Couperin, Composer

℗ 1988 Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

Recorded in the pretty old town of Haarlem in the Netherlands in May 1987, this album, dedicated to the Couperin dynasty (of Louis, François and Louis-Armand) is like a distillation of a whole life's worth of practice and reflections on the French music of the 17th century that Leonhardt so loved. In it, we find the great harpsichordist's sobriety, his way of deploying his immense erudition and his own Dutch heritage, which bring to the music an almost monastic inwardness. But for all his intimate knowledge of the music and the wisdom of his years, Gustav Leonhardt seems here to let himself go with joyful abandon, setting the keys alight with his liberty and refinement.
The programme is like a meditation on solitude, from Louis Couperin's austere Suite in D Minor to Louis-Armand's gallant pieces, via the Preludes from L’Art de toucher le clavecin by the great François. The impressive calm of Dodo ou L’Amour au berceau, the graceful effervescence of L’Évaporée, the elegance of La Princesse de Chabeuil and the joyous final pirouette of L’Arlequine are all spirited flights that reaffirm the Dutch harpsichordist's pre-eminent position in the heart of the baroque musical movement. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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