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Rameau: Les Cyclopes

Rameau: Les Cyclopes

4 Jun 2006
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Jun. 2006
  • Release Date: 16 May 2006
  • Label: Avie Records
  • Copyright: ℗© 2006 AVIE Records
  • Total Length: 1:19:20
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  • ASIN: B001RSJIXE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,904 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By A Customer on 5 July 2005
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Peerless playing by the great harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. The harpsichord is by Goermans/Taskin from the Russell collection in Edinburgh and it is the best harpsichord sound I have heard on a recording. Trevor Pinnock has known these pieces for 30 years or more and after a lifetime devoted to baroque music and playing the harpsichord, it would be hard to find anyone better at it. The suite in A minor is outstanding, one of the finest works written for the harpsichord (listen especially to 'les trois mains' and the 'gavotte et doubles') and the E minor suite is also brilliant (listen to 'le rappel des oiseaux'). The title track, 'les cyclopes' is spectacular. The only advice I can give is: buy it. You will not regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Pinnock's Masterful Virtuoso Masculine Harpsicord Playing -- also inspired compositions of great variety 20 Jun. 2009
By Mark A. Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know what you, fair review reader, know, but most folks know about Pinnock's masterful harpsicord playing. He is a true virtuoso. Yes, he is "masculine" in style. But on this CD you have more variety than you would expect. Rameau's compositions themselves are inspired. And very different from each other. Very! Like a painter who can do impressionism, expressionism, photorealism, and a few other isms. I never knew Rameau was like this. Pinnock's virtuosity is present for all the different varieties of Rameau. I disagree that you need a few listenings to "get it" like one reviewer said. But you can return to this CD many times and enjoy it each time. And again, remember: the pieces are of all different moods and styles -- not subtle differences, but major differences. Three final points: (1) I've listened to several other CD's with Pinnock (and others) that I bought recently; only THIS CD and one other are worth getting (2) the Harmonious Blacksmith (which I've had for years) is the other Pinnock Harpsicord CD worth getting [Arkiv Production CD] (supreme virtuosity and absolutely the most "masculine" harpsicord, but boy the Harmonious Blacksmith as performed by Pinnock sends you into a spinning revery; Scarlatti on that CD is great too; so is the lute-stopped piece which hypnotizes you) (3) the title piece of this CD has one remarkable property: it will scare you! Now, I'm a 49-year old person, not a little kid. Kids have a limited perspective on the world; their world is quite small. When something behaves out of the ordinary -- that can be very scary for a kid (like when I did a funny voice I scared my little 2-year old brother). Now, I'm plenty well acquainted with bass on a harpsicord. Not only recordings, but I've heard live harpsicords. Bass is not absent like some folks would think. And at long last, my patient reader, the punchline: it is not because there is bass, but when that walking bass line shows up in the midst of the other doings of Les Cyclopes -- that monster slowly, methodically, stamping its way, step-by-step towards you, well it's scary.

Though that last tidbit of my review was idiosyncratic, it gives you evidence of what I mean: the compositions are very different from each other -- so it is not "all the same with slight variations you're calling 'variety' ". No, there truly IS real variety. This CD and The Harmonious Blacksmith (with Pinnock) [Arkiv Production] are the best harpsicord CD's to get, period!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 May 2015
By The Seeker - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treasure 7 Jan. 2016
By Un prêtre - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply, one of the most amazing harpsichord recordings I have ever heard. If you are used to harpsichords sounding tinny and bland, this recording will make you rethink that stereotype. Pinnock's playing and the production values are such that one sees the harpsichord, perhaps for the first time, as a highly expressive instrument. The music of Rameau is also a delight. This composer is too little known and appreciated; he has a characteristic sound which is refreshingly different but still well within the Baroque style. If you like harpsichord, you will not be disappointed. If you've never heard a harpsichord recording you like, this has every right to be your first.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 21 July 2006
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording is powerful. Pinnock does a beautiful job interpreting each piece and its unique character.

The harpsichord sound is warm and expressive, not clangy.
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