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

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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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