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Classique - Released June 11, 2019 | naïve classique

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Classique - Released January 15, 2018 | Warner Classics

Like the Bach family, the Couperin were a musical dynasty. Louis - the uncle of François ‘le Grand’ had established himself as organist of St Gervais by the mid-1650s and entering royal service shortly after as ‘chamber musician’ on the treble viol. He went on to become one of the most original and individual keyboard composers in France. Despite a short carrier – he died early in 1661 at the age of just thirty-five - he left more than 120 harpsichord pieces and 70 works for organ – most of them discovered in the 60’s – which highlight his refined genius of colour and counterpoint. Netherlands-born harpsichordist and organist Jan-Willem Jansen studied with Ton Koopman in Amsterdam and is now established in France. He created the Ancient Music Department of the Toulouse Conservatory. His compatriot Bob van Asperen (b. 1947) studied with Gustav Leonhardt and is highly regarded in the field of 17th and 18th century music as a specialist keyboard performer. © Warner Classics

Musique de chambre - Released September 17, 2004 | Alpha

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Let's just admit it: Skip Sempé is one of the greatest harpsichordists in the world. His technique is staggering. His intelligence is stunning. His tone is commanding. His interpretations are compelling. His instincts are unerring. His intensity is unrelenting. In his many recordings for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and Astree labels, the New Orleans-born Sempé has demonstrated that he is the heir as well as the student of Gustav Leonhardt. In this 2004 Alpha recording, Sempé performs a program of six suites plus a Pavanne by Louis Couperin. The music is noble, playful, mournful, sometimes suggestive, sometimes savage, and always virtuosic. Sempé gets it, all of it, and plays it with everything he's got. Although there have been notable recordings of Louis Couperin's harpsichord music in the past -- notably Davitt Moroney's magnificent, complete Pieces de Clavecin -- one has to go back to Leonhardt's magisterial 1968 and 1980 recordings to hear Couperin played with this kind of conviction and inner compulsion. Alpha's sound is completely translucent and absolutely real.

Musique de chambre - Released June 23, 2010 | Aparté

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Musique de chambre - Released March 26, 2010 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classique - Released January 1, 2004 | Alpha

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Classique - Released January 1, 1992 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Musique de chambre - Released August 31, 2018 | harmonia mundi

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With these recordings which mark the launch of the Stradivari collection, discover the unique instruments lovingly preserved at the Philharmonie de Paris's Museum of Music: the finest examples of the art of instrument-making which, like the iconic harpsichord crafted in 1652 by Ioannes Couchet, are given a new life thanks to the skill and commitment of its keen conservators. When this 'national treasure' is entrusted into the hands of an expert like Christophe Rousset, the magic is evident. As the sumptuous sonority of Louis Couperin's music is revealed, poetry meets fantasy.

Classique - Released September 6, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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.

Musique de chambre - Released November 1, 1995 | Tempéraments Radio France


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