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The French Harpsichord

London Independent Records 6
  • Jacques Champion de Chambonnières: Pavane L'Entretien des Dieux
  • Louis Couperin: Suite in F Major
  • Jean-Henry D'Anglebert: Tombeau de Mr. de Chambonnières
  • Gaspard Le Roux: Suite in F Major
  • François Couperin: 3 movements from Sixième Ordre in B Flat Major
  • Pancrace Royer: La Marche des Scythes
David Pollock, harpsichord
London Independent Records LIR006 49:42
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London Independent Records is slowly building up a catalogue to notice. David Pollock's felicitous debut recital is of a delectable programme, tracing the evolution of the French tradition of harpsichord music. There are some delicious things, some of them real discoveries. He has chosen mostly lesser known pieces, and the CD is one of those recitals which works well played straight through.

D'Anglebert's Tombeau is serious and moving, whilst Couperin's Les Barricades Mysterieuses oscillate like a boat in a gentle swell. Especially ear-catching is a suite by Le Roux, and Pollock's account of Royer's Scythian March is a tour de force that bids fair to become as popular as did Rafael Puyana's version of the Soler Fandango long ago, if the classical disc-jockeys get to hear it.

The sweet-toned Ruckers copy is heard to fine advantage in this studio recording. David Pollock might well consider recording a programme of Le Roux and Royer? Meanwhile, if you think 50 mins is short measure for nowadays, you can play this one again! An auspicious debut.

Copyright © 2003, Peter Grahame Woolf