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AV 2132

Couperin: Pieces de Violes

The Classical Shop
release date: September 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola

bass viol

Mikko Perkola

bass viol

Aapo Hakkinen

harpsichord

Venue:

Karjaa Church, Finland



Producer:

Simon Foster


Tuuli Lindeberg



Engineer:

Jari Rantakaulio



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 66:15
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FRANCOIS COUPERIN

(1668-1733)
   
  Avec La Basse Chifrée Mr. F.C. 1728  
 

1ere Suite:

21:53  
1 Prelude gravement 3:40
2 Allemande Légere 2:21
3 Courante 1:59
4 Sarabande Grave 4:01
5 Gavotte gracieusement sans lenteur 2:10
6 Gigue gayment 2:15
7 Passacaille ou Chaconne 5:27
   
 

2eme Suite:

16:51  
8 Prelude gravement 2:48
9 Fuguette 2:13
10 Pompe Funebre tres gravement 7:46
11 La Chemise blanche tres viste 4:04
   
  Les Goûts Réunis 1724  
 

10eme Concert:

10:17  
12 [Prelude] Gravement et mesuré 1:48
13 Air Tendre et Louré sans lenteur 2:56
14 Plainte pour les Violes lentement et douloureusement 3:48
15 La Tromba légérement 1:45
   
 

12eme Concert à deux Violes, ou autres instruments à L'unisson:

7:48  
16 [Prelude] Pointé-coulé 1:24
17 Badinage 1:57
18 [Sans titre] Lentement, et patétiquement 1:08
19 Air gracieusement, et légérement 3:19
   
 

13eme Concert à 2 instruments à L'unisson:

9:26  
20 [Prelude[ Vivement 1:05
21 Air agréablement 2:55
22 Sarabande tendrement 3:18
23 Chaconne Légere 2:08


The music on this recording, written towards the end of Couperin’s long and prosperous service to Louis XIV, belongs to a tradition of private and intimate, even therapeutic, chamber music. It also mark the end of the greatest period of French viol music. The more extrovert violin had already begun its triumphal progress which continues even today.

Many connoisseurs of the viol considered their favourite instrument far superior to the upstart violin. Hubert le Blanc argued that the special bowing technique of the viol made it possible to convey emotions in a particularly nuanced and subtle way while Jean-Jacques Rousseau admired the tendresse of the viol’s sound. Listening to the Couperin works for viol it is easy to share the view of these enthusiasts. The highly refined style, the composer’s absolute technical mastery of his craft and the freedom and elegance of Couperin’s musical imagination highlight the viol’s timbre to great effect.

 

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