Monday, April 3, 2017

François Couperin - Keyboard Music Vol. I (Angela Hewitt)


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Composer: François Couperin
  1. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 1. Les Moissonneurs
  2. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 2. Les Langueurs-Tendres
  3. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 3. Le Gazoüillement
  4. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 4. La Bersan
  5. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 5. Les Baricades Mistérieuses
  6. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 6. Les Bergeries
  7. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 7. La Commére
  8. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 6e. Ordre: 8. Le Moucheron
  9. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 1. La Verneüille
  10. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 2. La Verneüilléte
  11. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 3. Sœur Monique
  12. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 4. Le Turbulent
  13. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 5. L'Atendrissante
  14. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 6. Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins
  15. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3 - 18e. Ordre: 7. Le Gaillard-Boiteux
  16. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 1. La Raphaéle
  17. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 2. Allemande. L'Ausoniéne
  18. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 3. Première courante
  19. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 4. Seconde courante
  20. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 5. Sarabande. L'Unique
  21. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 6. Gavotte
  22. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 7. Rondeau
  23. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 8. Gigue
  24. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 9. Passacaille
  25. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2 - 8e. Ordre: 10. La Morinéte

Angela Hewitt, piano
Date: 2003
Label; Hyperion
http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67440

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Review

ARTISTIC QUALITY: 10 / SOUND QUALITY: 10

Couperin on piano? The idea is not so far-fetched as it may seem. After all, none other than Johannes Brahms edited his complete keyboard music for Novello (aimed at pianists, of course). Romantic-era artists such as Ignace Jan Paderewski and Harold Bauer recorded La Bandoline and Le Carillon de Cythère, while Marcelle Meyer’s Couperin recordings reveal how plausible and expressive this music can sound on the concert grand. Closer to our time, the Russian pianist Gregory Sokolov has delved into Couperin’s oeuvre in concert, though not yet on disc.

However, Angela Hewitt’s first of three projected Couperin releases may well become a paradigm, a reference point for future pianists wishing to explore this repertoire. Anyone who claims that a modern grand’s sonority is too heavy or stylistically incongruous for doing justice to Couperin’s delicate textures and intricate embellishments simply hasn’t heard Hewitt. She’s a master of balancing lines against each other so that they stay vibrant and alive at any tempo, scaling dynamics with the utmost subtlety, and timing cadences with perfectly spaced single notes or rolled chords. Notice, for example, how Hewitt’s aptly chosen rubatos for Les Barricades Mistérieuses intensify the composer’s intended phrase displacements, or how Hewitt’s shifts in register replicate the harpsichord’s two-manual effect without drawing attention to them. And I wager that Hewitt’s early background as a dancer informs her unerring tempo choices. Hyperion’s excellent engineering plus Hewitt’s articulate, well-researched annotations enhance this altogether delectable release.

-- Jed Distler [6/14/2003], ClassicsToday

More reviews:
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/couperin-keyboard-works-vol-1
http://www.classical.net/~music/recs/reviews/h/hyp67440a.php
http://www.amazon.com/Keyboard-Music-1-F-Couperin/dp/B00008IHWH

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François Couperin (10 November 1668 – 11 September 1733) was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand ("Couperin the Great") to distinguish him from other members of the musically talented Couperin family. Couperin's four volumes of harpsichord music, contain over 230 individual pieces, was loved by composers such as J. S. Bach, Brahms (who performed Couperin's music in public), R. Strauss (who orchestrated some Couperin's music) and Ravel (who wrote Le tombeau de Couperin).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Couperin

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Angela Hewitt (born July 26, 1958) is a British/Canadian classical pianist. She is most well known for her cycle of Bach recordings covering all the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach. Her discography also includes works by Couperin, Rameau, Messiaen, Chabrier, Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Fauré. In recent years, she records using her own piano, a Fazioli F308 grand. Hewitt was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on June 17, 2006 and Gramophone Artist of the Year in 2006.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Hewitt

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