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The Virtuoso Harpsichord Vol 1 - Rameau / Anton Heiller


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Vanguard   Catalog #: 7008   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anton Heiller became known to the American public as a continuo player, as well as organ solist, on various Bach Guild recordings in which he was closely identified with German repertory. Actually, he was a masterful player of any keyboard instrument and performed a broad range of works. He made two stunning CDs of French harpsichord music in the late 1950s, and this CD reissue on Seymour Solomon's new "hand-picked" Amadeus label is one of those (the other is devoted to the music of Couperin and should be in stores by the time you read this). He plays musically and with exceptional energy and verve, using clean and crisp articulation to remind one of the dance origins of most of this music. The compilation presents some delightful entries, Read more sort of a "greatest hits" as far as Rameau goes, including the ever-popular "La Poule" and the even more famous "Tambourin," which is played here with stunning, virtuoso abandon. There are no notes on the instrument used, but it might well look like the rather large, two manual one on the album cover, and it sports a nicely variable palette of instrumental colors. The recording is close-up and has excellent detail, yet no lack of warmth. This CD makes an excellent introduction to French Baroque keyboard music.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pièces de clavecin: no 6, Le rappel des oiseaux by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Pièces de clavecin: no 10, Musette en rondeau in E major by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 14, Les sauvages by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
4.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 11, La poule by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 15, L'enharmonique by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 16, L'égiptienne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
7.
Pièces de clavecin: no 14, Les niais de Sologne [with 2 Doubles] by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
8.
Pièces de clavecin: no 20, Rondeau in D minor "Les cyclopes" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
9.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 4, Les trois mains by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10.
Nouvelles suites de pièces de clavecin: no 7, Gavotte [with 6 Doubles] in A minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1730; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Premier livre de pièces de clavecin: no 1, Prélude in A minor by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
12.
Pièces de clavecin: no 19, Rondeau in D major "Les tourbillons" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
13.
Pièces de clavecin: no 12, Rondeau in E minor "La vilageoise" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Anton Heiller (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Date of Recording: 1959 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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