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


Release Date: 01/18/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 940568   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

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

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