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La Harpe Royale / Andrew Lawrence-king


Release Date: 10/15/1996 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77371   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Francesco CorbettaLouis CouperinFrançois CouperinJohann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This anthology of pieces by Corbetta, Louis and François Couperin, de Visée and Froberger is played, not on harpsichord as one might expect, but on a modern copy of Italian triple-strung harps which were considerably larger, with a bigger compass, longer, lighter strings and a boomier sound than their French counterparts. It is not truly authentic, therefore, despite the use of a period instrument. Nonetheless, the pieces chosen are an excellent vehicle to convey Lawrence-King’s flawless virtuosity. The tuning appears to be mostly in equal temperament, which diminishes the effect of distant chords and dissonances except for pieces such as Froberger’s Lamento, where the temperament used reflects the pathos of the piece’s title. Read more The Baroque harp’s sound is softer-edged than the harpsichord’s and less variety of voicing is possible. Lawrence-King avoids pieces which are too contrapuntal, for which the resonance of the harp is not ideal, although in Les carillons de Paris by Louis Couperin it is beneficial. There is a lovely sense of dance style especially in such dances as Visée’s Sarabande, known to some from the film Les jeux interdits. Notwithstanding a slightly over-resonant acoustic, this is an accomplished and confidently performed disc.

-- Danielle Perrett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie caprice de chaconne by Francesco Corbetta
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
2.
Prelude for Harpsichord in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
3.
Pièces de clavecin: no 102, La Piémontoise in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
4.
Courante for Harpsichord in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
5.
Sarabande for Harpsichord in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
6.
Les Carillons de Paris by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
7.
Pièces de clavecin: no 81, Tombeau pour Mr. de Blancrocher in F major by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1660; France 
8.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Allemande L'Auguste by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
9.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Courante no 1 by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
10.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Courante no 2 by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
11.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Sarabande La Majestueuse by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
12.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Gavotte by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
13.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 1 in G minor/G major - Gigue la Milordine by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
14.
Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: Ordre 3 in C minor/C major - La favorite by François Couperin
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
15.
Lamentation-faite sur la mort sa Majesté Imperial, Ferdinand III by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1657; Vienna, Austria 

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