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Jean-philippe Rameau: The Complete Keyboard Music, Vol. 2

Rameau / Gutman,Stephen
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 51   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The second volume in pianist Stephen Gutman’s three-disc survey of Rameau’s complete keyboard music begins with the composer’s harpsichord transcriptions of the ballet music from his opera Les Indes galantes, heard in what appears to be their first recording on a modern concert grand. Gutman’s booklet notes present detailed analyses of how Rameau carefully went about his business of “de-orchestration”. Happily, Gutman does not feel the need to flesh out the keyboard writing, and makes expressive points through tone color, subtle dynamic contrasts, and articulation. Discreet agogic stresses help to point up a melodic phrase or give appropriate weight to a bass note when needed, as in the Vivement movement, or in the sophisticated Read more accentuation of the ascending imitative arpeggios in the final pair of Gavottes.

The Third Suite receives an equally commanding performance, and its virtues can be illuminated through comparative listening. For example, in the second-movement variation set Les niais de Sologne, Jill Crossland’s recent recording focuses on the right-hand melody as the phrases fall into generic four- and eight-bar patterns. Robert Casadesus’ strong legato left-hand presence adds more linear tension to the mix. By contrast, Gutman anchors his right-hand legato line with the left-hand counterpoint played in a detached yet tellingly inflected manner that gives shape to implied cross-rhythmic patterns.

The concluding Les Cyclopes fuses incisive brilliance and refinement, while Gutman’s transcription of the B-flat concerto is a model of poised fingerwork and tonal application. Nor do the relatively modest demands of the concluding Gavotte and the Menuet en rondeau (the latter lasts just half a minute, not four minutes as inaccurately noted on the back cover) lack for understated elegance. What is more, Toccata Classics’ engineering captures Gutman’s warm timbre in an ambience akin to an intimate room suitable for both instrument and repertoire. A lovely disc in every way, and I look forward to this cycle’s imminent completion.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Les Indes galantes, suite from the opéra-ballet for harpsichord by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Pièces de clavecin: no 13, Rondeau in D minor "Les tendres plaintes" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Les niais de Sologne & Doubles (Suite No. 3 in D minor/major): Les niais de Sologne by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
4.
Les niais de Sologne & Doubles (Suite No. 3 in D minor/major): Premier double des Niais by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Les niais de Sologne & Doubles (Suite No. 3 in D minor/major): Deuxième double des Niais by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Pièces de clavecin: no 15, Les soupirs by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
La Joyeuse, for harpsichord in D major (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode) by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Pièces de clavecin: no 17, Rondeau in D major "La follette" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
9.
Pièces de clavecin: no 18, L'entretien des Muses by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
10.
Pièces de clavecin: no 19, Rondeau in D major "Les tourbillons" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
11.
Pièces de clavecin: no 22, La boiteuse by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
12.
Le Lardon, for harpsichord in D major (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode) by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 0 Minutes 26 Secs. 
13.
Pièces de clavecin: no 20, Rondeau in D minor "Les cyclopes" by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724/1731; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
14.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 1, La pantomime by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
15.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 2, L'indiscrette by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
16.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 4th Concert - no 4, La Rameau by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1741; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
17.
Dardanus: Gavotte by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; France 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
Menuet en rondeau, for harpsichord in C major (Pièce de clavecin avec une méthode: Table des agrémen by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Stephen Gutman (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724 
Venue:  Hurstwood Farm Piano Studios 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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