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Louis Couperin: Suites & Pavane / Gustav Leonhardt


Release Date: 01/12/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 69281  
Composer:  Louis Couperin
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the best records Leonhardt has ever made, and that's saying quite something.

The works here by Couperin-le-Grand's uncle are already in the current catalogue, some played by Blandine Verlet (Telefunken Das Alte Werk AW6 41264, 6/74), others by Alan Curtis (Archiv Produktion 2533 325, 4/76); but good as both these discs were, and although Curtis was the editor (selecting the pieces from the wide choice Couperin left open) whose text Leonhardt uses, I have no hesitation in preferring this new arrival. For a start, the sound of the instrument itself (a Skowroneck copy of a 1680 French model) is exceptionally fine, and has been captured with the utmost fidelity. More importantly, this is one of the best records
Read more Leonhardt has ever made--and that's saying quite something. At the end of the spectrum is the nobility of his elegiac Pavane in F sharp minor and the grandeur of his C major Chaconne (the repetitions of its grand couplet subtly varied in ornamentation, and its final appearance most effectively played quietly after the full-voiced previous section); at the other the crisply pointed, light-hearted pièce croisée Courante in C (with its extraordinary rhythmic complexities) and the bounding joyous energy of La Piemontoise and the Branle de Basque. Wholeheartedly recommended.

-- Gramophone [10/1980, reviewing the original LP release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Harpsichord in A minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
2. Suite for Harpsichord in C major by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
3. Suite for Harpsichord in F major by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
4. Pièces de Clavecin: no 120, Pavane in F sharp minor by Louis Couperin
Performer:  Gustav Leonhardt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; France 

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