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The Italian Connection

Donald Macleod focuses on Couperin's activities after the death of Louis XIV, and the publication of his second book of harpsichord pieces.

After the death of Louis XIVth, François Couperin split his time between various freelance activities, including regular duties as organist at the church of Saint-Gervais in Paris and quite possibly the court of the exiled Stuart King at Saint Germaine en Laye. Plus - a look at the composer's second book of harpsichord pieces, in the company of Couperin authority, Olivier Baumont, who plays some examples on an original 17th century harpsichord, part of The Cobbe Collection of Keyboard Instruments, at Hatchlands Park in Surrey.

1 hour

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    La Milordine

    Performer: Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMX 2901450.
  • François Couperin

    La Sultanne

    Performer: Francois Fernandez, Luis-Otavo Santos (violins) Performer: Emmanuel Balssa, Jérôme Hantai (bass viols) Performer: Elisabeth Joyé (harpsichord)

    • Alpha 062.
    • 2.
  • François Couperin

    Les Baricades mystérieuses, Les Langueurs tendres, Les Bergeries

    • Olivier Baumont (harpsichord).
  • François Couperin

    Tenebrae settings of 1714

    Performer: Emma Kirkby (soprano) Performer: Jane Ryan (viola da gamba) Performer: Christopher Hogwood (chamber organ)

    • L'Oiseau-Lyre 430 283-2.
    • 2.
  • François Couperin

    Ritratto dell'amore (excerpts)

    Performer: Ninth concert (Les goûts-réunis) Performer: Aurèle Nicolet (flute), Performer: Thomas Brandis (violin) Performer: Josef Ulsamer (viola da gamba) Performer: Christane Jaccottet (harpsichord)

    • Archiv DG 427 167-2.

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