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The Art of Playing the Harpsichord

Donald Macleod explores Couperin's famous instruction manual L'art de toucher le clavecin, with Olivier Baumont playing excerpts on the harpsichord.

Donald Macleod returns to Hatchlands Park in Surrey, the home of the Cobbe Collection of Keyboard Instruments. Today he takes a look at François Couperin's duties at the court of Louis XIVth, and explores the joys of his famous instruction manual L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin with Olivier Baumont playing examples on an original seventeenth century harpsichord.

1 hour

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    La bourbonnoise

    Performer: Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

    • Erato 0630106942.
  • François Couperin

    Audite Omnes Et Expavescite

    Performer: Paul Agnew (counter-tenor) Performer: Catherine Girard, Maia Silberstein (violin) Performer: Anne-Marie Lasla (viola da gamba) Performer: William Christie (director)

    • Virgin Classics 7243 5 45720 2 9.
    • 2.
  • François Couperin

    La Charolaise and La princess de sens

    Performer: Olivier Baumont (harpsichord)

    • Erato Musifrance 4509963642.
  • François Couperin

    Fourth concert in E minor

    Performer: Trio Sonnerie

    • ASV CDGAU 101 R.
    • 2.
  • François Couperin

    Eight Préludes

    • Olivier Baumont (harpsichord).
  • François Couperin

    Allemande a deux clavecins

    Performer: William Christie Performer: Christophe Rousset (harpsichords)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 901269.
    • 22.

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