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RE 0131

Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin, Volume 1

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Steven Devine



St John the Evangelist, Oxford



Adam Binks



Adam Binks


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Total Time - 79:14
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Suite in A minor

1 I Prélude 2:21
2 II Allemande I 5:28
3 III Allemande II 2:09
4 IV Courante 2:01
5 V Gigue 2:46
6 VI Sarabande I & II 3:24
7 VII Vénitienne 1:54
8 VIII Gavotte 1:36
9 IX Menuet 1:27

Suite in E minor

10 I Allemande 4:15
11 II Courante 1:34
12 III Gigue en rondeau I 1:13
13 IV Gigue en rondeau II 2:11
14 V Le Rappel des Oisaeux 3:39
15 VI Rigaudon I & II (with double) 1:51
16 VII Musette en rondeau 2:29
17 VIII Tambourin 1:18
18 IX La Villageoise (Rondeau) 3:34

Suite in D minor/major

19 I Les Tendres Plaintes (Rondeau) 3:45
20 II Les Niais de Sologne (with 2 doubles) 6:16
21 III Les Soupirs 5:20
22 IV La Joyeuse (Rondeau) 1:23
23 V La Follette (Rondeau) 1:33
24 VI L’Entretien des Muses 6:13
25 VII Les Tourbillons (Rondeau) 2:59
26 VIII Les Cyclopes (Rondeau) 3:47
27 IX Le Lardon 0:55
28 X La Boiteuse 0:52

Menuet en rondeau

 Steven Devine harpsichord

 The celebrated harpsichordist Steven Devine makes his Resonus debut with the first of three significant volumes surveying the keyboard works of the French Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764).

A vital milestone in the harpsichord repertoire, Devine here presents the first two books of Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin - the 1706 Premier Livre de Pièces de Clavecin and the 1724 Pièces de Clavessin. Ranging from the more traditional dance movements of the earlier book to the sophisticated and forward-looking character pieces of the second book, Rameau’s solo keyboard works always present a rich feast for the ear. 
Released in the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death, Devine performs on a copy by Ian Tucker of an instrument by Andreas Ruckers (1636) with ravalement by Henri Hemsch (1763). 

"...Steven Devine plays on a harpsichord copied from a 1636 Ruckers model. Its sonorities are clear and penetrating yet never strident, and lend themselves both to the music and to Devines meticulous technique... The recorded ambience is clear and discreetly resonant in this digital-only release, and equally attractive in either 320kbps or lossless download formats."

Jed Distler - Gramophone magazine - September 2014

                       Performance  *****          Recording *****

"...He [Devine] is authorative, suave, technically dazzling and delivers immaculately manicured ornaments that lend brilliance and expressive introspection where required ... Devine delivers an account of the famous Tambourin that takes no hostages... All told, an invigorating addition to Rameau year - roll on volumes two and three!"

Paul Riley - BBC Music magazine - July 2014


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