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A French Collection - Marchand, Duphly, Couperin, Balbastre, Corrette, Royer


Release Date: 04/14/2009 
Label:  Paradizo   Catalog #: 7   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Louis MarchandMichel CorretteClaude-Béninge BalbastreJoseph Nicolas P. Royer,   ... 
Performer:  Skip SempéBruce Kennedy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


When Skip Sempé plays mid-18th-century French harpsichord repertoire, the music speaks. Sempé's fabulous technique and superb sense of timing allow him to shape melodies and ornaments in clear perspective, make agogic adjustments flow, and resolve cadences so that they feel more like points of arrival rather than mere endings. Even virtuosic passages taken in more-or-less strict tempos breathe, as you readily hear in respective Chaconnes by Louis Marchand and Jacques Duphly. The same holds true for Armand-Louis Couperin's L'Intrépide, where Sempé's subtle phrase distentions underline the harmonic quirks without pulling focus from the music's overall march feeling.
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Gentle though Sempé's attractive instrument (based on 18th-century French models) may appear at the outset, it also can rise to near-orchestral impact when the harpsichordist literally pulls out all the stops, as particularly evident in Claude-Bénigne Balbastre's La Suzanne and Joseph Nicolas Pancrace Royer's Allemand. Every aspect of this release, from programming and annotations to the gorgeous engineering, reflects great care and forethought, and demonstrates why the CD still is a viable medium in the download age.

--Jed Distler
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Works on This Recording

1. Pièces de Clavecin, Livre 1 "Suite in D minor" by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1702; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. Premier livre de pieces de clavecin, Op. 12: Suite no 3 - Rondo "Les Etoiles" by Michel Corrette
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1734; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: La Lugeac by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1759; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Pièces de clavecin, livre I: no 12, Allemande in C minor by Joseph Nicolas P. Royer
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
5. Pièces de Clavecin, Livre 1 "Suite in D minor": Prélude by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Bruce Kennedy (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1702; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
6. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: no 5, La de Belombre by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: no 4, Les grâces by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8. Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: no 3, La Félix by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1748; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: no 6, Rondeau by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1744; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
10. Pièces de clavecin: L'intrépide by Armand-Louis Couperin
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: no 1, La Forqueray by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12. Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: no 2, Chaconne by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1756; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: La Suzanne by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1759; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
14. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: La d'Héricourt by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1759; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15. Pièces de clavecin, Book 1: La de Caze by Claude-Béninge Balbastre
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1759; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16. Pièces de clavecin, Book 4: no 5, La Pothoüin by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1768; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
17. Pièces de clavecin, livre I: no 14, La marche des Scythes by Joseph Nicolas P. Royer
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1746; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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