Louis Couperin - Nouvelles Suites de Clavecin | Harmonia Mundi HMM90250102

Louis Couperin - Nouvelles Suites de Clavecin


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM90250102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 31st August 2018



With these recordings – which mark the launch of the Stradivari collection – discover the unique instruments lovingly preserved at the Philharmonie de Paris’s Museum of Music: the finest examples of the art of instrument-making which, like the iconic harpsichord crafted in 1652 by Ioannes Couchet, are given a new life thanks to the skill and commitment of its keen conservators.

When this ‘national treasure’ is entrusted into the hands of an expert like Christophe Rousset, the magic is evident. As the sumptuous sonority of Louis Couperin’s music is revealed, poetry meets fantasy.


The miracle here is the remarkable 1652 instrument by Ioannes Couchet, which has a lovely range of colour that makes the chaconnes and passacaglias ring with sumptuous tone, and a pure tuning that allows the thirds to sing.  Nicholas Kenyon
The Observer 30 September 2018

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