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  • Performer: Laurence Cummings, Reiko Ichise
  • Composer: François Couperin
  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014CJ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  6. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Milordine 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: Les Silvains 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Nanete 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: Les Sentiments 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Pastorelle 1:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: Les Nonetes 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Bourbonnoise 1:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: La Manon 1:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
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18. Pieces de clavecin, Book 1: 1st Ordre in G minor-major: Les Plaisirs de Saint Germain en Laye 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 1 in G major: Prelude 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
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23. Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 1 in G major: Gigue 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
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26. Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 2 in D major: Allemande fuguee 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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28. Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 2 in D major: Air contrefugue 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Œuvres pour clavecin (Livre I) - Concerts Royaux n° 1 & 2 / Laurence Cummings, clavecin - Reiko Ichise, viole & viole de gambe

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. A. French on 25 July 2013
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Although I have a vast music collection, I didn’t own a single piece of music by Couperin so thought I would give this a try. I wasn’t disappointed. Naxos have come up trumps again. A good selection and decent recording. I found it a favourable introduction to harpsichord music.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Grrr... 5 Feb. 2004
By Eeesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, I don't really have a whole lot to say about this recording, but the reviewer below's one star was really bugging me. This is a great selection of Couperin's whimsical harpsichord music, delightfully played and thoroughly enjoyable. And about Naxos, it is the only label out there today pursuing a systemic and affordable approach to the recording of classical music and offers home listeners and collectors a chance to listen to beautiful works of music that would never be available from major record labels like Deutsche Grammophon.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Francois Couperin on Naxos 11 April 2006
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This budget-priced recording of harpsichord music by the seventeenth century French composer Francois Couperin (1668 -- 1733) is an outstanding introduction to some little-known music of the French baroque. The performance by harpsichordist Lawrence Cummings, recorded in 1994, has received great critical acclaim. I am pleased that the CD is still getting attention with two recent and justly enthusiastic reviews on this site.

Francois Couperin's harpsichord music departs from that of his predecessors in several ways. While earlier French composers wrote primarily dance pieces, Couperin shifted the focus to short character or genre pieces depicting a specific person, scene or emotion. In addition, the music of earlier French composers for the harpsichord was highly improvisatory, in a form called style brise, derived from music for the lute. It frequently does not use bar lines, relying on the imagination and improvisatory skill of the performer. Francois Couperin changed that by writing out his scores in great detail and in insisting upon a faithful, exact performance of what he wrote.

The eminent scholar of the French baroque period, James Anthony, has aptly described Couperin's harpsichord music as "so elusive, yet so compelling." He wrote:

"[I]n the company of some of Chopin's Mazurkas and Debussy's Preludes, much of Couperin's keyboard music is more a communication between instrument and performer in the intimacy of his music-room than it is between performer on the stage and an unseen audience. It reveals itself only gradually and only after repeated playings. It is wed to its instrument as is no other music."

Couperin's extensive output for the harpsichord is gathered into four large books each of which is subdivided into a section called an "ordre". On this CD, Cummings performs the first ordre of Book One, composed in 1713, consisting of 18 pieces.

The first five pieces are in traditional dance form, but even here Couperin imparts a special character to his miniatures. Thus, the opening Allemande is meant as a portrayal of and high compliment to the Duke of Maine, while the sarabande(no 4), titled "la Magisteuse" is a portrait of Louis XIV in his glory.

The remaining works in the first ordre are all character pieces, many of which derive from vocal music. Some of them are humorous as in "Les Nonetes" portraying a pair of none-too-chaste nuns and "La Bourbonaise", a portrayal of a highly flirtatous and independent woman. Other pieces, such as "Les Sentiments" are highly reflective and melancholy while still others such as "L'Enchantress", "La Pastorale", and "Les Plasirs de Saint Germain en Laye" have the grace and ease of a painting by Watteau. There is much to enjoy here.

The CD concludes with the first and second concerts from Couperin's series "Concerts Royaux". Couperin composed these works for performances at Louis XIV's Sunday musical soirees. They are scored for performance by solo harpsichord or by ensembles. They are performed by Cummings here, with viol and viola da gamba, respectively, added to the final work of each set. These two concert suites return to the use of traditional dance forms. But they are notable because they show Couperin absorbing the style of the Italian baroque into his work. In particular, the second concert includes an "Allemande fugate" and an "air contrefuge" which adopt a fugal style of writing derived from Corelli, a great favorite of Francois Couperin.

This CD will appeal to lovers of the harpsichord and to those listeners who want to explore the beauties of early music.

The quotations in this review are taken from Jamer R. Anthony, "French Baroque Music" revised edition p. 259.

Robin Friedman
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
No more to be desired if only enjoyment is first concern 26 Sept. 2005
By melomanio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Couperin might have not require too much from his audience.when too many scholarly

expectations from the music aspire you F Couperin could hardly be your favourite. the inscribed movements with names of specific charactors must be intented to

not only inspire the players but audience as well.and the first 2 couantes give the whole program an excellent kick off: full of

nuance,exquisite note touching... which are of quintessence of this kind of baroque charactor pieces.compared to many rigid

pale scholarly distorting renditions.it is truly among my best choices.
Simply delightful 24 Nov. 2013
By Alucard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've always found the harpsichord as a convenient time machine. The price and quality for this CD is more than reasonable. This is my first CD for Harpsichord from a French master and I must admit I prefer the Bachs and Scarlattis much more. Nevertheless this is a fine recording and I'm glad to have discovered Monsieur F. Couperin perhaps after several more listens I might explore more of what this fine Frenchman has given us harpsichord diehards.
Couperin, F.: Music For Harpsichord, Vol. 1... 13 Aug. 2014
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being familiar with Laurence Cummings, I knew what to expect! As usual, he delivers! Being a (classical) newbie, I am becoming more familiar with the work of Francoise Couperin. This is classical Harpsichord music. Romantic. Melodic. Demanding of the artist. Good all the way around!

Recommended!

I rate "Couperin, F.: Music For Harpsichord, Vol. 1" ...four stars! (For the record, I purchased this with Vol. 2!)
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