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François Couperin: Music for two harpsichords, Vol. 1 - Les Nations - Sonates et Suites de Symphonies en Trio / Jochewed Schwarz & Emer Buckley, harpsichords

Audio Samples

  1. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Gravement, et rondement — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Vivement — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Gravement, notes égales et rondement — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Vivement, et marque — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Air, Gracieusement — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) I $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Second Air — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Air, Gracieusement — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) II $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Gravement, et marqué — (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": I. Légèrement (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": II. Allemande. Noblement, et sans lenteur (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": III. Courante (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": IV. Courante II. Un peu plus gayement (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": V. Sarabande. Tendrement (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": VI. Rondeau. Gayement (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Couperin — Les Nations, Quatrième Ordre, "La Piemontoise": VII. Gigue. Affectueusement; quoy-que légèrement (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Couperin — Pièces de clavecin, Book 2, 6th Ordre in B-Flat Major: Les baricades mistérieuses (Vivement) [Version for 2 Harpsichords] $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Couperin — Concerts royaux: Concerto No. 1 in G Major. VI. Menuet en Trio (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Couperin — Pieces de clavecin, Book 3: 16th Ordre in G Major-Minor. La Letiville (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Couperin — Pièces de clavecin, Book 3: Quatrième Ordre in D Major-Minor. La Julliet (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Couperin — Concerts royaux, Concerto No. 3 in A Major: VI. Muzette (Version for 2 Harpsichords) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Couperin, François : La Piémontoise (L'Astrée), for 2 violins & continuo (Les Nations)
>Couperin, François : Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
>Couperin, François : Concerts Royaux, Premier Concert
>Couperin, François : La Létiville, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 16e ordre)
>Couperin, François : L'Espagnole (La visionnaire), for 2 violins & continuo (Les Nations)
>Couperin, François : La Julliet, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 14e ordre)
>Couperin, François : Concerts Royaux, Troisième Concert
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

François Couperin's two collections of chamber music - the Concerts Royaux (1722) and Les Nations (1726) - use what today would be called open scoring, so that they could be performed by whatever instruments were to hand. He confessed in a later publication that he himself preferred to perform them on two harpsichords. That suggestion had to wait for this series of two CDs to be taken up in a recording (the second CD has been recorded and is in preparation). Here Les Nations and movements from the Concerts Royaux are presented with a number of his Pièces de clavecin, also in rarely heard realizations for two harpsichords.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The two harpsichordists on this release have played together for some time, and their instincts and ensemble are almost supernaturally matched. They perform on two exemplary instruments from the collection of Reinhard von Nagel (the recordings were made in his atelier).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-).



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Works Details

>Couperin, François : La Piémontoise (L'Astrée), for 2 violins & continuo (Les Nations)
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, François : Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre)
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1716-1717

>Couperin, François : Concerts Royaux, Premier Concert :: 6. Menuet en Trio
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Couperin, François : La Létiville, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 16e ordre)
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Couperin, François : L'Espagnole (La visionnaire), for 2 violins & continuo (Les Nations)
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, François : La Julliet, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, III, 14e ordre)
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Couperin, François : Concerts Royaux, Troisième Concert :: 6. Muzette. Naïvement
  • Performers: Emerson Buckley (Harpsichord); Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: The von Nagel harpsichord workshop, Paris (2013-10-06_2013-10-07&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque