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Francois Couperin: Wandering Shadows; Iddo Bar-Shai, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Couperin — Les Ombres errantes: 25ème ordre, 4ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Couperin — Sœur Monique: 18ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Couperin — Le Tic-Toc-Choc, ou Les Maillotins: 18ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Couperin — La Muse-Plantine: 19ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Couperin — Le Rossignol-en-Amour: 14ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Couperin — Double du Rossignol: 14ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Couperin — Les Petits Âges - La Muse Naissante: 7ème ordre, 2ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Couperin — Les Tambourins: 20ème ordre, 4ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Couperin — La Misterieuse: 25ème ordre, 4ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Couperin — La Petite Pince-Sans-Rire: 21ème ordre, 4ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Couperin — La Logivière: 5ème ordre, 1er livre $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Couperin — La Commére: 6ème ordre, 2ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Couperin — Les Langueurs Tendres: 6ème ordre, 2ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Couperin — Les Vergers fleüris: 15ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Couperin — Les Rozeaux: 13ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Couperin — Les Moissonneurs: 6ème ordre, 2ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Couperin — La Bandoline: 5ème ordre, 1er livre $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Couperin — Les Fauvétes Plaintives: 14ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Couperin — Le Turbulent: 18ème ordre, 3ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Couperin — La Couperin: 21ème ordre, 4ème livre $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Couperin — Les Bariçades Mistérieuses: 6ème ordre, 2ème livre $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Grave, agile, majestic and picturesque, the keyboard output of Francois Couperin, with its array of indispensable ornaments and piquant details, enables us to follow all the impulses of the soul of "the most poetic of our harpsichord composers," as Debussy called him. Performed here on the piano, which brings them its own special color, these harpsichord pieces, in their various moods, retain all their inimitable charm in the hands of Israeli pianist Iddo Bar-Shaï.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Brahms, Debussy, and Ravel were all devotees of Couperin's music. Before the age of the piano the composer had a devoted fan in the German speaking lands, a certain harpsichordist and organist named JS Bach. The piano, like its cousin the clavichord, affords the player innumerable layers of dynamic variation. Bar-Shai offers 25 character pieces. He opens the program with 'Les Ombres Errantes' and closes with 'Les Baricades Misterieuses'. Bar-Shai's playing is at once delicate and unshakable. He comes close to the ceiling of the sound. He respects the natural transparency of the piano's timbre, and the result is a highly inflected cantabile tone that serves Couperin's music well. This is a welcome addition to the Couperin discography.



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