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Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin (1716); Second Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (1717) (2014)

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Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin (1716); Second Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (1717) (2014)

Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin (1716); Second Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (1717) (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.93 Gb | Total time: 227:37 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Plectra Music | # PL21402 | Recorded: 2014

The harpsichord music of François Couperin (1668 –1733) is without question some of the instrument’s most important repertoire. His treatise L’art de toucher le clavecin [The Art of Harpsichord Playing, 1716] outlines the principles of good harpsichord playing, with information on ornaments, fingerings, and touch, and includes eight preludes and an Allemande. His four monumental volumes of harpsichord music contain over 230 individual pieces, and rare is the player who undertakes learning the entirety of this body of work. Davitt Moroney, a performer-scholar who has already recorded the complete works of Byrd and Louis Couperin, as well as the complete Well-Tempered Clavier, is currently recording these works for the Plectra label on magnificent antiques from the Flint Collection in Wilmington, Delaware.

Kenneth Gilbert - François Couperin: Premier Livre de Clavecin (1989)

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Kenneth Gilbert - François Couperin: Premier Livre de Clavecin (1989)

Kenneth Gilbert - François Couperin: Premier Livre de Clavecin (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Total time: 70:23+62:17+58:50 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMA 190351.53 | Recorded: 1970

Kenneth Gilbert’s complete recording of François Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin in 1970 was much more than a pioneering venture; he offered interpretations as virtuosic as they were elegant – and on a historical harpsichord. This first volume, devoted to the first three Ordres of the Premier Livre, conveys the infinite nobility of the immediately recognisable language forged by the most poetic French composer of the Grand Siècle. A thrilling step back in time with this great artist, who was to exert considerable influence on an entire generation of harpsichordists that followed.

Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (2016)

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Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (2016)

Davitt Moroney - François Couperin: Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.12 Gb | Total time: 176:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Plectra Music | # PL21602 | Recorded: 2014

The third in a series of four releases in the Complete Keyboard Works of François Couperin, this three-CD set includes Couperin's third book of harpsichord pieces. Featuring internationally acclaimed harpsichordist Davitt Moroney, this recording showcases two historically important instruments: the 1627 Ioannes Ruckers harpsichord and the 1768 Joannes Goermans harpsichord.

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

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Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)

Stéphane Fuget, Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal - François Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 53:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS034 | Recorded: 2020

The Leçons de Ténèbres (Lessons of Darkness) became a favourite theme for musical compositions in the middle of the 17th century. Michel Lambert was the first French musician to compose a cycle in 1662, quickly followed by Charpentier and Lalande. But the most famous - and the first to have attracted the public of today and to be recorded - are those of François Couperin, dated 1714.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 18th-Century France (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 422 Mb | Total time: 71:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1855 | Recorded: 2010

London Baroque presents a disc charting the Trio Sonata in 18th-century France - a musical environment undergoing rapid changes following the death of Louis XIV in 1715. In 1725 François Couperin published his Apothéose de Lulli, advocating a fusion of Italian and French styles, and the following year saw the collection Les Nations, which included L’Impériale recorded here. Jean-Marie Leclair and his colleague (and great rival) Jean-Pierre Guignon took the idea one step further. Both were fêted violinists as well as composers, and wrote music mainly for their own instrument in an often virtuosic style. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier was not known as a performer, and composed a large number of small-scale works aimed at wealthy amateurs.

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

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London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)

London Baroque - The Trio Sonata in 17th-Century France (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 415 Mb | Total time: 69:56 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | # BIS-1465 | Recorded: 2004

The Italian-style trio sonata, honed by Corelli into a monument of seventeenth century classicism with its perfect balance of new-found tonality and assimilation of dance forms into art music, had a hard time finding a foothold in France. Among other aspects, the unwillingness to abandon the dance suite – possibly caused by the privileged position of ballet as a royal pastime at the court of Louis XIV – meant that French composers waited until the end of the century to compose "proper" trio sonatas. But a great deal of experimentation with the form went on before that, and not surprisingly one of the experimenters was the Italian "immigrant" Lully. His rôle at the court of the Sun-king included providing small-scale works for the Coucher du Roi, the nightly ceremony marking the king's withdrawal to bed.

Earthly Angels - La rêveuse: la Barre, Marais, Ballard, Couperin, Pinel, de Visée (2021)

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Earthly Angels - La rêveuse: la Barre, Marais, Ballard, Couperin, Pinel, de Visée (2021)

Earthly Angels - La rêveuse: la Barre, Marais, Ballard, Couperin, Pinel, de Visée (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 264 Mb | Total time: 58:08 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alba Records | # ABCD 464 | Recorded: 2020

Early music ensemble Earthly Angels was founded in 2016 by Kajsa Dahlbäck and is affiliated with Vaasa Baroque. Its first release was awarded "Album of the Year 2018" by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation. The ensemble Earthly Angels performs vocal chamber music mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries. It focuses on a close, embodied relationship between text and music, on finding new interesting music from the early music repertoire, and on making early music meaningful for today's audiences.

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)

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Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - François Couperin: L'Apothéose de Lully & Leçons de ténèbres (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 314 Mb | Total time: 70:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68093 | Recorded: 2013, 2014

The delightful scenario of L'Apothéose de Lully imagines the composer Lully, one of François Couperin s forebears at the court of Louis XIV, being wafted up to Mount Parnassus by Apollo. There, he meets the Italian muses, and the music becomes that synthesis of the French and Italian styles which Couperin so admired. All of this is captured with grace in Arcangelo's playing under its founder, Jonathan Cohen. The other work on the disc is the sacred Leçons de ténèbres, sung with purity by sopranos Katherine Watson and Anna Dennis and revealing another side to Couperin's art.

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

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Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)

Splendeurs de Versailles - Music in the Royal Court of Versailles [10CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 3.02 Gb | Total time: 10:47:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA 260 | Recorded: 1999-2013

Versailles: its court, its atmosphere and its music… So many splendours emblematic of a monument with an incomparably rich history. The works associated with the palace have travelled down the centuries and today represent a precious part of our heritage. In this ten-CD set, Alpha retraces the musical life of the unique and luminous universe of Versailles. Le Poème Harmonique, Café Zimmermann, Capriccio Stravagante and many others invite themselves into the company of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Henry d’Anglebert and share with us for a few hours the sumptuous concerts that made Versailles a place like no other.

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

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Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)

Anne-Catherine Bucher, Le Concert Lorrain - Henry Desmarest: Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 302 Mb | Total time: 57:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: K617 | # K617134 | Recorded: 2001

Gloire au Centre de musique baroque de Versailles qui nous a fait redécouvrir Henry Desmarest, l'un des plus étonnants compositeurs du règne de Louis XIV. À vingt ans à peine, il osa braver Lully sur son propre terrain, en montant un opéra et un divertissement à la cour du Roi-Soleil. Plus tard, avec son aîné Marc-Antoine Charpentier, il fut l'un des principaux acteurs du renouveau d'un opéra français en manque de vrais succès depuis la mort de Quinault et Lully. On croyait indûment tout savoir de ce maître de musique. C'était compter sans le talent de défricheur du label français K.617, qui a trouvé en Nouvelle-Orléans les traces d'un baroque français "exporté", estampillé du nom de Desmarest, entre autres.

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

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Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)

Gaétan Jarry - Le Grand Jeu: French Baroque Organ Favourites (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 320 Mb | Total time: 65:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | # CVS024 | Recorded: 2019

This is a sort of self-portrait of the Great Organ of the Royal Chapel of Versailles, delivering all its aspects, enhanced by the choice of a repertoire emblematic of the baroque era: the major classic French organ works (Couperin, Marchand, de Grigny, Corrette) composed to glorify the very specific aesthetics of instruments like that of Louis XIV's Chapel; but also to reveal its other sound riches, transcriptions of chefs d'oeuvres, from Le Sommeil d'Atys by Lully, to the contredanses of Rameau's Boréades. To add a new dimension to the organ's sound universe and to enhance its orchestral qualities, modern editing and "re-recording" processes were gently used to serve the superposition of musical voices, as if invisible hands filled in for the organist in certain works, which are true Proust's "madeleines" for Gaétan Jarry. He goes all out to play the instrument of Versailles "for the Glory of God and the King"!

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

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Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique (2021)

Barthold Kuijken, Immanuel Davis, Arnie Tanimoto, Donald Livingston - La Magnifique: Flute Music for the Court of Louis XIV (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 337 Mb | Total time: 68:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.579083 | Recorded: 2017

This programme portrays the ‘birth’ of the flute in France in the late 17th century and the following 40 years of its life as a new and fashionable instrument. A famous patron of the arts, King Louis XIV gathered elite composers and musicians to create the refinement, elegance and good taste that was demanded at his Paris Court. From the early petites pièces to more virtuoso suites and sonatas with their ornamented lyricism and grand dance rhythms, the mellow, robust and almost husky sounds of flutes from this period blend and weave around each other like the voices of two singers.

Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau - Barricades: Couperin, de Visée, Lambert, Marais, Charpentier, Rameau, Forqueray (2020)

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Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau - Barricades: Couperin, de Visée, Lambert, Marais, Charpentier, Rameau, Forqueray (2020)

Thomas Dunford, Jean Rondeau - Barricades: Couperin, de Visée, Lambert, Marais, Charpentier, Rameau, Forqueray (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 70:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029526995 | Recorded: 2019

Both of us have grown up with this music from the cradle of our earliest infancy; […] It is music that allowed us to become what we are, while at the same time encouraging us to question things constantly. […] Now, playing the music – because, as we all know, we play rather than make music – has become a part that each of us plays, played here as a double act. Each one for himself, with his instrument as a crucible, and at the same time each of us for the other, since after all we are engaged in a performance.

Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully, Couperin, Delalande: Messe du Roi Soleil (2019)

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Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully, Couperin, Delalande: Messe du Roi Soleil (2019)

Gaétan Jarry, Marguerite Louise - Lully, Couperin, Delalande: Messe du Roi Soleil (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 312 Mb | Total time: 53:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Château de Versailles Spectacles | CVS008 | Recorded: 2018

The Sun King’s Mass was without doubt one of the privileged rites for the standing glory of the sovereign, as much because of its splendour, as for its ceremonial aspect, which brings time to a halt, solidifying the eternal image of royal power. The greatest composers of the kingdom distinguished themselves by making the holy service a veritable heavenly concert. The bell rang, the fifes and drums announced the arrival of the king in the gallery, the organ burst forth, the Grands Motets by Lully and Delalande enthralled under the golden vaults, the delicate and intimate petits motets by Couperin appear with grace in the alcoves of the Royal Chapel…

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

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Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 50th Anniversary Edition [50CDs], Part 1 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 6,92 Gb | Total time: 50:56:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | # 88697 281822 | Recorded: 1969-2000

A beautifully-packaged 50-disc box set, released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, one of the most important and adventurous early music labels. The set contains 50 classic recordings of baroque and ancient music, chosen to represent the breadth of this huge and varied catalogue and each disc is slip-cased with artwork replicating the original CD or LP artwork.