F Couperin - Les Nations, Pieces for Two Harpsichords Vol.2 | Toccata Classics TOCC0258

F Couperin - Les Nations, Pieces for Two Harpsichords Vol.2

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0258

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th July 2016

Contents

Works

Couperin, Francois

Concerts royaux (4)
» no.4 in E minor: Forlane
Les Nations
» III L'Imperiale
» I La Francoise
Pieces de clavecin III
» Ordre 15 in A major: Musete de Choisi
» Ordre 15 in A major: Musete de Taverni
Pieces de clavecin II
» Ordre 9 in A major: Allemande a deux clavecins

Artists

Emer Buckley (harpsichord)
Jochewed Schwarz (harpsichord)

Works

Couperin, Francois

Concerts royaux (4)
» no.4 in E minor: Forlane
Les Nations
» III L'Imperiale
» I La Francoise
Pieces de clavecin III
» Ordre 15 in A major: Musete de Choisi
» Ordre 15 in A major: Musete de Taverni
Pieces de clavecin II
» Ordre 9 in A major: Allemande a deux clavecins

Artists

Emer Buckley (harpsichord)
Jochewed Schwarz (harpsichord)

About

François Couperin confessed that he preferred to perform his two collections of chamber music – the Concerts Royaux in 1722 and Les Nations in 1726 – on two harpsichords. Astonishingly, that suggestion has had to wait for this series of two albums to be taken up in recordings.

In this second volume of the series, two suites from Les Nations and movements from the Concerts Royaux are presented with a number of his Pièces de clavecin, also in rarely heard realisations for two harpsichords.

The Fanfare review of Volume 1 was enthusiastic: ‘The playing by harpsichordists Jochewed Schwarz and Emer Buckley is finely matched. Both blend well with each other and provide a strong, virile performance that brings the nuances and ornaments of Couperin’s music to life. One can see through their interplay why the composer considered this his ideal performance medium.’

Emer Buckley was born in Dublin, Jochewed Schwarz in Tel Aviv. Emer, based in Paris, has a career as soloist and continuo player and also teaches harpsichord and continuo bass at the Conservatoire de Lille. Jochewed, who lives in Israel, divides her time between performing concerts and directing the Felicja Blumental Music Center and Library in Tel Aviv.

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