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Couperin: Suites Viola Gamba (Mikko Perkola, Aapo Hakkinen) (Naxos: 8570944)


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François Couperin wrote some of France's greatest music in the classical style. The Suites for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord are late works, published in 1728, and are perfect examples of his richly expressive style which here draws upon Italian models as well as, perhaps, celebrating another genius of the French school, Marin Marais, who had died in the year the Suites were published. Intense and passionate, the suites offer lyricism and virtuosity, Italian bravura and French richness. The last of Couperin's harpsichord ordres (or suites) consists of four varied pieces, including Les 8.570944 Chinois, an early example of interest in China in Western music.

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Couperin and the Wonder of the French Baroque 4 Feb 2014
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For most of my listening life, Baroque music meant Bach and Handel; in other words, the German tradition. However, for the past five years I have been delightedly exploring the French tradition. This new focus started with an amazing boxed set of five Rameau operas conducted by either William Christie or Christophe Rousset. They were so fresh and thrilling I branched out, finding the same qualities in Lully, Charpentier, and Couperin. This CD contains two late works for viola da gamba and harpsichord. To my ears and mind, the viola da gamba is a very special Baroque instrument: its intimacy, mellowness and spaciousness create wonderfully nuanced music. The liner notes to this Naxos recording refer to Couperin's lyricism and virtuosity, two qualities not always found so harmoniously blended as they are by his genius. The two suites have a surface charm which is utterly captivating and fully satisfying. However, what I also hear (and what makes me return for repeated performances) is the depth of feeling the music conveys. This is profound music, but it is never ponderous. How does Couperin achieve such transparence and depth? It resembles the poetry of his later countrymen like Pierre Reverdy or Yves Bonnefoy. The musicians perform persuasively and are alert to the subtlety and restraint of the scores. This CD is a wonderful way to spend a pure and refreshing hour!
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