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


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Composer: François Couperin
  1. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 25e. Ordre: 1. La Visionaire
  2. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 25e. Ordre: 2. La Misterieuse
  3. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 25e. Ordre: 3. La Monflambert
  4. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 25e. Ordre: 4. La Muse victorieuse
  5. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 25e. Ordre: 5. Les ombres errantes
  6. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 21e. Ordre: 1. La Reine des cœurs
  7. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 21e. Ordre: 2. La Bondissante
  8. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 21e. Ordre: 3. La Couperin
  9. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 21e. Ordre: 4. La Harpée
  10. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 21e. Ordre: 5. La petite Pince-sans-rire
  11. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 24e. Ordre: 3. Les dars-homicides
  12. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 24e. Ordre: 8. L'Amphibie
  13. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 26e. Ordre: 1. La Convalescente
  14. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 26e. Ordre: 2. Gavote
  15. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 26e. Ordre: 3. La Sophie
  16. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 26e. Ordre: 4. L'Epineuse
  17. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 26e. Ordre: 5. La Pantomime
  18. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 27e. Ordre: 1. L'Exquise
  19. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 27e. Ordre: 2. Les Pavots
  20. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 27e. Ordre: 3. Les Chinois
  21. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4 - 27e. Ordre: 4. Saillie

Angela Hewitt, piano
Date: 2004
Label: Hyperion
http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA67480

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Review

ARTISTIC QUALITY: 9 / SOUND QUALITY: 10

My favorable comments on Angela Hewitt’s first of three projected Couperin piano releases (type Q6497 in Search Reviews) apply for Volume 2. Here she offers a selection of pieces from the fourth book of the Pièces de Clavecin, Couperin’s last published work, and proves how vibrant and expressive they can sound on a modern concert grand. Her ornaments bear the precision, point, and consistency of detail that the finest harpsichordists bring to this music. At the same time, from a pianist’s vantagepoint, Hewitt’s acute ear for tone color and dynamic shadings allows her to illuminate the composer’s subtle harmonic surprises and lyrical introspection in pieces like Les ombres errantes and La petite pince-sans-rire. You might imagine greater spring and surface pomp in L’Amphibie’s dotted rhythms, or more vitality in quicker, dance-oriented selections (you get this from Gregori Sokolov’s Couperin concert performances–unfortunately not available on recordings). It’s clear, however, that Hewitt has invested considerable time, effort, and care in this project, and her well-written, excellently researched annotations are no less valuable. She sets reference standards for pianists brave enough to poach what many harpsichordists consider exclusive territory. I eagerly await Volume 3.

-- Jed Distlerhttp://www.classicstoday.com/review/review-10494/

More reviews:
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/couperin-keyboard-works-0
http://www.classical.net/music/recs/reviews/h/hyp67480a.php
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/apr/25/classicalmusicandopera.jsbach
http://www.allmusic.com/album/fran%C3%A7ois-couperin-keyboard-music-vol-2-mw0001843923
http://www.amazon.com/Keyboard-Music-2-F-Couperin/dp/B0001FYR2G

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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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