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Bach: Prelude Et Autres Fantaisies / Violaine Cochard

Bach,J.s. / Cochard
Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Agogique   Catalog #: 2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH English Suite No. 2: Prelude. Suite in f: Sarabande. Partita No. 1: Gigue. Partita No. 2: Capriccio. Preludes and Fugues: in f, BWV 881; in G, BWV 902. Prelude in d, BWV 999. Fantasies: in d, BWV 906; in a, BWV 922. Read more Sinfonias: No. 5 in E?, BWV 791; No. 11 in g, BWV 797. Adagio in d, BWV 964. Toccata in d, BWV 813 Violaine Cochard (hpd) AGOGIQUE 002 (62:24)


One never knows quite what to expect when encountering an artist for the first time, but this one proves to be a pleasant surprise. French harpsichordist Violaine Cochard has numerous recordings on the Opus 111, K617, Naïve, Zig-Zag, Virgin, and Arion labels to her credit and lists both Christophe Rousset and Kenneth Gilbert as her primary teachers; you can’t ask for better credentials in the rarified world of the harpsichord. The present disc, however, is her first devoted entirely to the music of Bach. To judge from the booklet photo, she is rather young—and quite good-looking at that—but of course one must be circumspect nowadays when making any such comment about a female performer, and in any case, it hardly matters. Suffice it to say that this is harpsichord playing of the highest order: full of personality and confidence, all wrapped up in complete technical mastery. Seldom does a harpsichord CD command my attention the way this one does; I will be on the lookout for further releases from this outstanding young artist.


The program that Cochard has chosen for her recital is a rather eclectic mix, resulting in quite a hodgepodge. (It certainly was a challenge to list the pieces in the headnote—note that this is not the playback order on the CD.) There are several big, ultra-familiar works such as the D-Minor Toccata or the two fantasies to get our pulses racing (she plays them marvelously); interspersed between these are many lesser pieces. But of course, can anything by Old Bach be considered “lesser”? Cochard has drawn single movements from two of the partitas and the Second English Suite; I’m not sure how well the idea works, or if the ordering of these isolated pieces is really ideal. Cochard concludes the recital with the rather laid-back Sarabande from the F-Minor Suite, BWV 823; a better conclusion might have been the boisterous Capriccio from the Second Partita.


The harpsichord is an original single-manual by Johann Daniel Dulcken, built around 1740 in Antwerp. The liner notes announce that this is the instrument’s premiere recording, following an extensive restoration by the French builder Laurent Soumagnac. The booklet includes numerous pictures of the opulent Venetian-style decorations, with a detailed description of the extensive work that went into restoring them. From the standpoint of sound, this is one of the most agreeable, well-balanced original 18th-century harpsichords you will likely hear on CD. It is perfectly suited to the music at hand, and I have no reason to doubt the honesty and veracity of the recording.


In the long run, the eclectic program poses no real problem, save perhaps for the purist who cannot abide hearing bleeding chunks. The strength of the playing, coupled with the beguiling sound of the instrument, makes for a most desirable release.


FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1.
English Suite no 4 in F major, BWV 809: no 1, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 13 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Prelude in A minor, BWV 922 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
7.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 906 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
10.
Three-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
11.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Capriccio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
12.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 12 in F minor, BWV 881 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13.
Suite in F minor, BWV 823 [fragment]: no 2, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715 
Venue:  Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prélude de la deuxičme suite anglaise en La Mineur BWV 809
Adagio en Ré Mineur, BWV 964
Toccata en Ré Mineur BWV 813
Prélude en Sol Majeur BWV 902
Fughetta en Sol Majeur BWV 902
Sinfonia No.11 en Sol Mineur BWV 797
Fantaisie en La Mineur BWV 922
Gigue de la premičre Partita en Si Bémol Majeur BWV 825
Prélude en Do Mineur BWV 999
Fantaisie en Do Mineur BWV 906
Sinfonia No.5 en Mi Bémol Majeur BWV 791
Capriccio de la deuxičme Partita en Do Mineur BWV 826
Prélude en Fa Mineur BWV 881
Fugue en Fa Mineur BWV 881
Sarabande de la suite en Fa Mineur BWV 823

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