This review is from: La Sophie: Popular Harpsichord Music of the 18th Century (Audio CD)
This collection of 18th century harpsichord music brings together works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacques Duphly, Francois Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, George Frederic Handel, Louis-Claude Daquin, and Guiseppe Domenico Scarlatti. The pieces go together nicely, not least because of the way in which Sophie Yates plays them.
Sophie Yates has a longstanding reputation as a superb harpsichord player, yet even here in this early (1995) recording, her expertise shines through. I generally go for lively harpsichord pieces, so for me the highlights are Le Cyclopes (6), Le Coucou (12), and Keyboard Sonata in A Major (15). Of these, Le Cyclopes is one of the best renditions of I've heard anywhere. That said, Sophie Yates plays with terrific dexterity and subtlety throughout, making the whole album an enjoyable listen. The recordings are crisp and clear, so no complaints there.
The cover shows François Boucher's portrait of Marie-Louis O'Murphy c1752 (a mistress of King Louis XV of France). I have no idea what the connection is between it and the music. Perhaps someone could enlighten me.