A taste for early Baroque keyboard music is something that needs to be acquired to be fully appreciated. For those who are acquiring it or have acquired it, this set by Richard Egarr of Louis Couperin's complete Pièces de clavecin is one of those collections that should be heard. Couperin is often thought of as the father of French keyboard music, adapting the current style of lute playing to the keyboard, adding formal counterpoint, yet retaining an elegant, ornamental style that allows the performer some freedom of interpretation. In fact, in many of the preludes (which usually did not contain measure markings) and slower tempo dances -- the allemandes and sarabandes -- there is frequently the sense that the music is improvised by Egarr. His intense, thoughtful way of playing is very effective in these. One good example is the Tombeau de M. Blancrocher, Couperin's tribute to one of those lutenists. Egarr also obviously delights in the fast dances, which often have an amiable tunefulness (as in the Courantes and Gigue of the "Suite in F major" on disc 3) that adds a touch of rusticity to the overall courtliness. Egarr groups individual pieces into suites by key, as is the custom, for the most part following the usual pattern of a prelude, several dances, and a chaconne. This is actually the second time he's recorded many of these pieces, which is something of a self-recommendation for Louis Couperin's harpsichord music.