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Fischer: Musical Parnassus Vol 1 - Suites 1-6 / Beauséjour


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554218   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer may not have been a great composer, but he was an important one, not least because his Ariadne musica--20 preludes and fugues in most of the available keys--clearly inspired Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Fischer's Musical Parnassus consists of nine suites of harpsichord music more or less in the French style (as he understood it), each named for one of the muses, though without any descriptive intent in this regard. This first disc contains the first six suites, and in case you've ever wondered how certain French record labels (Calliope and Erato, to be specific) got their names, now you know. The music itself is charming, highly varied in tempo and rhythm, and easily digestible--most of the various dance Read more movements are less than two minutes long. Luc Beauséjour plays with both delicacy and verve, all the more effective due to the attractive sound of his instrument, which is captured in a recording that gives the music an appealing brightness without clangor or excessive mechanical noise from harpsichord's keyboard action. A charmer.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 1, Clio by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 2, Calliope by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 3, Melpomène by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 4, Thalia by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 5, Erato by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6.
Musicalischer Parnassus: Suite no 6, Euterpe by Johann Caspar Fischer
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Clio (Suite No. 1): Praeludium harpeggiato
Clio (Suite No. 1): Allemande
Clio (Suite No. 1): Courante
Clio (Suite No. 1): Sarabande
Clio (Suite No. 1): Ballet anglois
Clio (Suite No. 1): Menuet
Clio (Suite No. 1): Gigue
Calliope (Suite No. 2): Ouverture
Calliope (Suite No. 2): Ballet
Calliope (Suite No. 2): Gigue
Calliope (Suite No. 2): Bourree
Calliope (Suite No. 2): Menuet 1, Menuet 2
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Praeludium
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Allemande
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Passepied
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Rondeau
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Chaconne
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Gigue
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Bouree
Melpomene (Suite No. 3): Nenuet 1, Menuet 2
Thalia (Suite No. 4): Toccatina
Thalia (Suite No. 4): Allemande
Thalia (Suite No. 4): Menuet 1, Menuet 2
Thalia (Suite No. 4): Ballet
Thalia (Suite No. 4): Gigue
Erato (Suite No. 5): Praeludium
Erato (Suite No. 5): Allemande
Erato (Suite No. 5): Chaconne
Erato (Suite No. 5): Gavotte
Erato (Suite No. 5): Gigue
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Praeludium
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Allemande
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Air anglois
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Bouree
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Menuet
Euterpe (Suite No. 6): Chaconne

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