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Pour Passer la Mélancolie - Harpsichord works by Froberger, dÆAnglebert, Fischer, Couperin, Clérambault and Muffat / Andreas Staier, harpsichord

Album Summary

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Partita (no 30), for keyboard in A minor, for keyboard, FbWV 630
>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Fugue Grave (Primere fugue), for organ
>Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand : Suite in D minor "Uranie" (Musicalischer Parnassus)
>Couperin, Louis : Prelude for Harpsichord in F major
>Couperin, Louis : Suite in F major. Allemande grave
>Couperin, Louis : Courante for harpsichord in F major (Pieces de clavecin, no 68)
>Couperin, Louis : Sarabande for harpsichord in F major (Pieces de clavecin, no 72)
>Couperin, Louis : Chaconne for harpsichord in F major (Pieces de clavecin, no 80)
>Couperin, Louis : Tombeau de M de Blanchrocher
>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Pièces de clavecin
>Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand : Ricercar pro tempore quadragesimae super initium cantilenae 'Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund'
>Clérambault, Louis-Nicolas : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in C minor
>Muffat, Georg : Passacaglia for organ in G minor (from Apparatus musico-organisticus, Part 2)
>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Libro quarto di toccate
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Keyboard virtuoso Andreas Staier presents Pour passer la mélancolie (to pass the melancholy), a unique program of French Baroque harpsichord music. The works presented here are not simply compositions in deeply sorrowful or expressive registers, but also discourses in sound on vanity, art and music itself. Whether the composer luxuriates in melancholic disorder or attempts to remedy it, there is but a fine line here between the vanity of the world and the artist's glory. In his readings of Froberger, Fischer and Clérambault, Staier distills the fruits of this sophisticated aesthetic blend.

The Independent
Staier's fortepiano is deliciously transparent, his musicianship revelatory.

The Guardian, 7th March 2013
Much of this music sounds as if it were written centuries after its time, though it inhabits very different territory from late Romantic self-indulgence or modernist bravado. Staier plays it all with wonderful commitment on a newly restored late 17th-century harpsichord.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
A satisfying issue on a fine-sounding and sympathetically recorded mid-18th-century harpsichord.

International Record Review, March 2013
Staier surely comes close to an ideal synthesis of historical awareness and charisma ... superb, both from a visual and audio perspective.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Staier's Froberger is played with a sure hand and a compelling sense of how to stretch the music's almost verbal rhetoric to the limits of what the musical line can bear...[his] sheer exuberance in rendering this deliciously absurd music is infectious. The instrument...has more than sufficient personality to bear up to the musical demands.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
D'Anglebert's 'Fugue grave pour l'orgue' is an intelligent and effective choice. It seems as if writing for the organ brought out D'Anglebert's pensive and introverted side. This recording documents an intimate and, sometimes, heartbreaking, mode of solitary music making. In an interview, Staier rhapsodized on the general subject of performing music of the past. This sense of mystery in relation to one's own soul, a motivating force behind both joy and melancholy, may be what Staier, Villon, and many great artists have in common.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (02/2012).



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Works Details

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Partita (no 30), for keyboard in A minor, for keyboard, FbWV 630
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Fugue Grave (Primère fugue), for organ
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand : Suite in D minor "Uranie" (Musicalischer Parnassus) :: Toccata
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand : Suite in D minor "Uranie" (Musicalischer Parnassus) :: Passacaglia
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738

>Couperin, Louis : Prelude for Harpsichord in F major
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, Louis : Suite in F major. Allemande grave
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, Louis : Courante for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, no 68)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, Louis : Sarabande for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, no 72)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, Louis : Chaconne for harpsichord in F major (Pièces de clavecin, no 80)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, Louis : Tombeau de M de Blanchrocher
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1660

>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Pièces de clavecin
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Pièces de clavecin
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>d'Anglebert, Jean-Henri : Pièces de clavecin
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1689

>Fischer, Johann Caspar Ferdinand : Ricercar pro tempore quadragesimae super initium cantilenae 'Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund'
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Composer) (1676 - 1749) : Suite for harpsichord no 2 in C minor
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Muffat, Georg : Passacaglia for organ in G minor (from Apparatus musico-organisticus, Part 2)
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Froberger, Johann Jacob : Libro quarto di toccate
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1656