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Couperin: Pieces De Violes / Hantai, Pierlot, Balssa, Eguez


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Mirare   Catalog #: 40   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  François Couperin
Performer:  Pierre HantaïPhilippe PierlotEduardo EgüezEmmanuel Balssa
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Couperin’s Suites for viol and continuo have been described as a ‘grave, dense world’ and certainly Philippe Pierlot and his ensemble draw out the dark drama of this music in performances that fuse lyricism with visceral intensity. Their playing throws the music’s emotional extremes into high relief: there is gritty energy in La chemise-blanche; majesty in the E minor Suite’s solemn Sarabande. Particularly beautiful is the second Suite’s Pompe funèbre, a truly sublime meditation on death in which Pierlot seems to make time stand still.The programme also includes a selection of transcriptions of Couperin’s harpsichord works – character pieces that conjure up an 18th-century vision of pastoral Arcadia. Here, in flower-filled orchards Read more (Les vergers fleuris), satyrs dance (Les satires) and bewitching females enchant (L’enchanteresse) and seduce (La séduisante). These pieces transfer particularly well to this combination of instruments, the dark-hued scoring enhancing their melancholy character. Pierlot’s readings range from the poised to the playful: he captures the yearning poetry of Couperin’s more wistful utterances and the earthy spirit of his rustic dances. If the composer has sometimes suffered from overly effete, decorous performances, these intense accounts redress the balance.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Pièces de violes, Suite no 1 in E minor by François Couperin
Performer:  Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord), Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo),
Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728; Paris, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Pièces de violes, Suite no 2 in A major by François Couperin
Performer:  Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord), Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba),
Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1728 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4: Ordre 23 in F major - Les satires, chevre-pieds by François Couperin
Performer:  Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord),
Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1 by François Couperin
Performer:  Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord),
Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1713; Paris, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: Ordre 9 in A major/A minor - La séduisante by François Couperin
Performer:  Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord),
Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Ordre 15 in A minor/A major - Les vergers fleüris by François Couperin
Performer:  Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo), Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord),
Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7. Les goûts réunis, ou Nouveaux concerts: no 13 in G major by François Couperin
Performer:  Pierre Hantaï (Harpsichord), Emmanuel Balssa (Viola da gamba), Eduardo Egüez (Theorbo),
Philippe Pierlot (Viola da gamba)
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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