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François Couperin

Suites pour clavecin

  • Le Trophee
  • Le Point du Jour Allemande
  • L'Anguille
  • Le Croc-en-jambe
  • Menuets croises
  • Les Tours de Passe-passe
  • La Convalescente
  • Gavote
  • La Sophie
  • L'Epineuse
  • La Pantomime
  • La Princesse marie
  • La Boufonne
  • Les Cherubins ou L'Aimable Lazure
  • La Crouilli ou La Couperinete
  • La Fine Madelon
  • La Douce Janneton
  • Da capo La Fine Madelon
  • La Sezile (Piece croisee sur le Grand Clavier)
    Les Tambourins
  • La Visionaire
  • La Misterieuse
  • La Monflambert
  • La Muse Victorieuse
  • Les Ombres Errantes
Mitzi Meyerson
Glossa GCD921802 Berlin 2004 75mins
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Mitzi Meyerson's way with Couperin can be likened to to that of the best Chopin pianists, probing deeply beyond the written score, with expressive phrasing and rubato underpinned by a firm pulse. Her thoughtfully chosen selections from Couperin's Fourth Book take us on a journey from Ordre 22 in the "happy and warlike" D Major, via the "bitter and depressive" Ordre 26 in F# minor and the "sweetly joyous" G Major of No 20 to reach a climax in the "obscure" key of C minor (Pierre Mamou).

Mitzi Meyerson's Taskin/Hill instrument sounds lovely as recorded in a Berlin church, and her use of notes inégales is exemplary - natural and unmannered, and omitted on the composer's instructions in the heavy Mazurka au goût Polonaise

A lovely harpsichord CD. Try also Mitzi Meyerson's Georg Böhm Harpsichord Music on Glossa GCD921801.

Copyright © 2004, Peter Grahame Woolf