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François Couperin : Pièces de Violes

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Viol player Philippe Pierlot, a veteran of Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX, has also built a rich catalog of recordings on his own, and this 2008 disc coupling François Couperin's Pièces de Violes is another outstanding addition. Performing with violist Emmanuel Balssa, guitarist Eduardo Egüez, and harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, Pierlot turns in readings that are thoughtful and playful, sorrowful and joyful, depending on the needs of the music. As befits his pedigree, Pierlot has a warm tone, a virtuoso technique, and a flexible sense of rhythm. Though his leadership is subtle, it is no less palpable, and the group's ensemble is tight but relaxed with an emphasis on beauty of tone and depth of interpretation over flash playing and emotional display. This approach suits Couperin's Pièces, which range from the dour to the delighted, but without ever stepping over the line into bathos or pathos. Recorded in close but evocative sound that puts the listener in the same room with the players (rather than close but cool sound that puts the players in the same room as the listener), this disc should be heard by anyone who enjoys the repertoire, the period, the instrument, or the players.
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1
Première Suite: Prélude - Gravement
00:03:45

2
Première Suite: Allemande Légère
00:02:19

3
Première Suite: Courante
00:02:04

4
Première Suite: Sarabande Grave
00:04:08

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Première Suite: Gavotte - Gracieusement Sans Lenteur
00:02:16

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Première Suite: Gigue - Gayment
00:02:13

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Première Suite: Passacaille Ou Chaconne
00:05:39

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Deuxième Suite: Prélude - Gravement
00:02:35

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Deuxième Suite: Fuguette
00:02:05

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Deuxième Suite: Pompe Funèbre - Très Gravement
00:08:26

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Deuxième Suite: La Chemise-blanche - Très Viste
00:04:03

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Premier Concert: Les Satires, Chevre-pieds. - Gravement Ferme, Et Pointé. Vivement, Et Dans un Goût
00:04:01

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Premier Concert: L'Enchanteresse
00:01:55

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Premier Concert: La Flore - Gracieusement
00:03:12

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Premier Concert: Les Silvains - Majestueusement, Sans Lenteur
00:04:25

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Deuxième Concert: La Séduisante - Tendrement, Sans Lenteur
00:03:39

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Deuxième Concert: Les Vergers Fleüris - Galament, Et Loûré
00:03:36

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Deuxième Concert: Plainte Pour Les Violes - Lentement, Et Douloureusement
00:04:18

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Deuxième Concert: L'Angélique - D'une Légèreté Modérée
00:03:05

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Viol player Philippe Pierlot, a veteran of Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX, has also built a rich catalog of recordings on his own, and this 2008 disc coupling François Couperin's Pièces de Violes is another outstanding addition. Performing with violist Emmanuel Balssa, guitarist Eduardo Egüez, and harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, Pierlot turns in readings that are thoughtful and playful, sorrowful and joyful, depending on the needs of the music. As befits his pedigree, Pierlot has a warm tone, a virtuoso technique, and a flexible sense of rhythm. Though his leadership is subtle, it is no less palpable, and the group's ensemble is tight but relaxed with an emphasis on beauty of tone and depth of interpretation over flash playing and emotional display. This approach suits Couperin's Pièces, which range from the dour to the delighted, but without ever stepping over the line into bathos or pathos. Recorded in close but evocative sound that puts the listener in the same room with the players (rather than close but cool sound that puts the players in the same room as the listener), this disc should be heard by anyone who enjoys the repertoire, the period, the instrument, or the players.
© TiVo

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